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Is Your Diet Behind Your Pain?
Monday, 24 January 2011 00:00

diet_iStock_000002427158_300x210_95ppiThere's an epidemic that is circulating the globe and it is one that seems to be taking all of us by surprise. I'm talking about the epidemic of obesity!

Besides the added stress those extra pounds put on our joints, if you're a joint pain sufferer, a poor diet can indirectly have a negative effect on your joints. Fortunately, this is not a situation that is without hope.

If you're presently suffering with acute or chronic joint pain, you can ease your pain by first cleaning up your diet and adding healthy foods to your daily meal plan. Even if you only eat a small salad with every meal, it will make a positive impact on your overall health and can go a long way in improving the way you feel.

Did you know that changing dietary fat intake and/or eating plant foods containing anti-inflammatory agents can help ease pain by limiting joint inflammation?

In fact, excessive consumption of dairy products, meat, & refined starchy carbohydrates like white flour can actually make inflammation worse by increasing the production of prostaglandins!

Therefore, switching your diet to whole fruits, vegetables, and lots of cold water oily fish (rich in Omega-3 fatty acids) is a powerful way to naturally “close the gates of pain”. 

Other Things You Can Do To Ease Your Pain:

• Hydrate your body properly - This is something that many individuals do not take the opportunity to do and they end up paying the consequences as a result.  Dehydration can cause a number of different difficulties for humans and chronic pain is one of those.  It is also often behind many of the diseases and other ailments that we may have to deal with regularly. Therefore, making sure you're hydrated properly should be paramount in your life.

• Watch your weight -  It is necessary to make sure that you are maintaining the proper weight, as obesity is often a precursor for the pain that we are experiencing.  Even if it is an external source which is causing the pain, it can often be aggravated by the fact that we are carrying around too much body fat.  Studies have shown that losing as little as 11 pounds can not only decrease pressure on weight bearing joints but also cuts the risk of developing knee arthritis by 50%. Begin with a clean and healthy diet, adding exercise whenever possible and you will not only see the weight come off naturally but you may also notice a reduction in the amount of pain that you feel.

• Supplement your diet
Keeping the body in balance can be a full time job and many individuals have a difficult time keeping on top of it.  The unfortunate thing is, when an imbalance occurs within the body it can cause a number of different problems that end up causing us some kind of pain.  Many times, all that is needed is to bring the body back into balance to help manage the pain successfully and in many cases, get rid of it all together.

One of the ways that you may be able to bring this balance back is by supplementing your diet with certain vitamins and minerals. 
Your doctor as your health coach can help you determine which ones can be of benefit to you in reducing your pain.  Glucosamine with Chondroitin and MSM are recognized as the leading supplements for the maintenance of healthy joints while Boswellia, Rutin, Whilte Willows Bark and Turmeric along with enzymes such as Pancreatin, Papain, Bromelain, Trypsin and Chromotrypsin are designed to support your body’s natural response to inflammation.

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Adrian Woodrow, M.D. is committed to the prevention of disease and remains current in all leading related medical developments.
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