Chiropractic Care & Dietary Changes Can Help Inflammation
Inflammation is a normal body function that acts like a defense mechanism against damage to the body. When the body senses an invader or something wrong with an area, it sends a series of white blood cells and other arsenal to combat the pain – which causes inflammation.
But chronic inflammation also occurs in response to unwanted substances in the body like excess fat and cigarette smoke. This inflammation becomes problematic when there is an interruption in the immune system, which can contribute to illnesses such as Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
How Can You Prevent Inflammation?
An anti-inflammatory diet can significantly reduce the inflamed area and prevent chronic pain. Here are a few guidelines to help build an anti-inflammatory diet:
- Formulate a diet balanced with fruits, veggies, and natural foods instead of artificially processed snacks filled with sugar and salt – you should consume 9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Anti-Inflammatory diets encourage patients to consume at least 25 grams of fiber a day.
- Try foods rich in alliums (garlic, scallions, onions, and leeks) and crucifers (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard greens or brussel sprouts).
- Limit saturated fats to 10 percent of your daily caloric intake (i.e. 20 grams per 2000 calories).
- Limit red meats to once a week.
- Consume foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as flax meal, walnuts, beans, or Omega-3 supplements. You could also consume fish at least three times a week, choosing cold-water fish like salmon. This will reduce inflammation as well as lower the risk of the chronic diseases listed earlier.
Can Your Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic adjustments will help reduce the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. With regular chiropractic visits and a diet that follows the guidelines above, you can reduce inflammation and realize the greater overall health benefits over time.