Healing Nutrition to Fight Back Pain
While the benefits of a healthy diet are well-documented, recent research is indicating the a healthy diet also plays a key role in the body’s ability to heal itself and recover from pain and injury. A recent article in The Journal of the American Chiropractic Association* explores the positive effects that a healthy diet — particularly one that is considered “anti-inflammatory” — can have on healing and recovery. Inflammation is the stress that the tissue and joint cells can experience when they are fueled primarily by foods with low nutritional value (or by foods that contain high levels of artificial additives or chemicals). Inflammation that persists over long periods or frequently recurs is referred to as “chronic inflammation”. It can slow down or even prevent the body’s from being able to heal itself. This type of inflammation can exist as ongoing pain in the joints and tissues or flare up into an auto-immune disorder like arthritis.
Medical and health professionals are examining the results of eating an anti-inflammatory diet in helping the body fight inflammation and pain and promote healing. They are finding that cells that are properly fueled by natural and nutritionally rich foods perform better. High performing cells allow the body to recover more quickly — and stay healthy longer.
Key aspects of an anti-inflammatory diet are:
- avoiding all processed or packaged foods — instead focus on fresh (or frozen) whole foods
- consuming a wide variety of greens, fruits, and vegetables
- adding Omega-3 rich foods — like ground flax seeds, walnuts (raw), and wild-caught fatty fish such as salmon and tuna
- adding in healthy fats from nuts (raw rather than processed), avocados and olive oil
- eating foods high in fiber: beans, raw vegetables and whole grains
- avoiding chemicals and artificial preservatives by choosing grass-fed, organic dairy products, poultry, meats, and eggs
- replacing processed white sugar with minimally processed sweeteners such as maple syrup and honey
- drinking lots of water (plain or sparkling; not artificially flavored or sweetened); also teas (herbal or regular), coffee, and raw fruit or raw vegetable juices
- seasoning your food with natural items like: sea salt, olive oil, vinegars, herbs (fresh or dried), mustards, spices and natural flavorings like vanilla or almond (unsweetened)
The Denver & Lakewood area farmer’s markets are a great source for locally-grown fruits and veggies to get you on the path to eating a healthier, anti-inflammatory diet.
Nearby Farmer’s Markets include:
Denver Federal Center
Kipling and 6th Avenue
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursdays, June-September
SE Corner of Wadsworth and Alameda, 303-442-1837
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 7 -Sept. 27 (No market on Sept. 6)
For a complete list visit: http://denverbargains.com/denver-farmers-market-schedules