Chiropractic and Eating to Decrease Inflammation

Just like a beautiful sports car, to get your body functioning at its optimum, you need to put in the right fuel!

Fuel your family with the right diet their bodies are designed for

If we eat consistently with our genetic requirements we will not experience excessive inflammation (&/or many other chronic illnesses and diseases.)  Inflammation is a natural physiological response and is necessary for short term healing.  However, due to the toxic nature of processed foods we eat and other negative lifestyle choices (i.e. smoking, alcohol) many of us are inflamed and this could be the root of many of the symptoms that are associated with most chronic illnesses, as well as pain.   The positive conclusion to this story is that some dietary modifications could have a significant impact on your recovery time and the expected outcome.

The following information is designed to guide you and hopefully help you make better dietary decisions through-out your life and particularly while recovering from a chronic illness or accident.

FATS – Fats should not be avoided.  Eat plenty of high-quality fats as they are essential to the proper functioning of our body, especially our brain.  Omega-3 rich foods and quality sources of saturated fats and cholesterol (yes you read that correctly) are essential.

EAT
Fish
Nuts & Seeds (e.g. Walnuts)
Grass fed and finished Beef and Lamb
Cold Pressed Olive Oil (not heated)
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil and MCT oil
Coconut Milk
Grass fed Butter (any from New Zealand)
Ghee
 

AVOID

Canola Oil
Vegetable Oil
Rice Bran Oil
Any industrial seed oils
Margarine
Hydrogenated oils or transfats

FRUITS & VEGETABLES – Some fruits are particularly rich in enzymes that help decrease inflammation, such as bromelain (pineapple) and papain (papaya).  Whole fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and phyto-chemicals.  They promote an alkaline environment in the body which does not stimulate inflammation.

EAT
Pineapple
Papaya
Kiwi
Berries (preferably organic because of heavy pesticide use)
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts
Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, Spinach
Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Winter Squash
Zucchini and all Summer Squashes
AVOID
Soy
Corn
White Potato
Grains

PROTEIN – Free range meats, game meats and fish are very high in Omega-3 fats.  Although poultry is not as high in Omega-3 it is still a great source of quality protein when produced in a natural manner and does not promote inflammation.  Whereas grain fed meats are high in Omega-6, they are loaded with antibiotic residues and growth hormones.  Farm-raised fish are often high in antibiotics, genetically modified, fed on soy and artificially dyed to enhance color (i.e. Salmon are dyed orange as they are naturally grey when farmed.)

EAT
Game Meats
Free Range Meats
Wild Caught Fish
Free Range Eggs
Free Range Poultry
AVOID
Grain Fed & Feed Lot Beef, Pork and Chicken
Farm Raised Fish
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