Monday, 17 August 2015

Sugar, carbohydrates, and why they're increasing your daily pain.

You always hear from medical professionals to eat correctly, but rarely are you given an explanation as to why. Obviously to be healthy is a priority, but what is it about certain foods that makes them either good or bad for you?

In our day to day work life at Cobb Rehab and Wellness we focus on helping those in pain, and we have found that what they eat can play a huge factor when dealing with both acute and chronic pain. Sugars and simple carbohydrates cause most issues when it comes to dealing with pain, and that’s because they both increase inflammation in the system.

Inflammation is our body’s way of protecting itself when it’s injured, such as closing your finger in a car door, or stubbing your toe, but when we overload our systems with sugars our body goes into protection mode as well. The excess glucose, or sugar, starts the inflammation process throughout the body, and for those suffering from chronic pain and have injuries within the body this inflammation can increase that pain significantly.

What you eat can fuel or cool inflammation, a key driver of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions

Now that we've discussed what should be cut out of one's diet in order to avoid inflammation, here's a list of foods that are helpful in decreasing inflammation in the body:

Healthy fats + Omega 3’s 
Fatty, oily fishes such as salmon, tuna, and trout; Nuts such as Almonds and Walnuts; Olive Oil
Whole grains
By substituting white breads with whole grains, you introduce good carbohydrates into your system. These good carbohydrates don't turn into sugars in the same way that simple carbohydrates do, instead the body works to digest these grains and uses them for energy.
Vitamin E
Dark, leafy greens such as Spinach and Kale; Almonds
Anti-oxidant enriched foods
Beets, blueberries, red berries, fish, nuts, etc

For more information on anti-inflammatory foods, click here

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