Still hurting? Your Diet Could Be Why  

June 7th, 2018

As Hippocrates believed, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This pertains to more than just your diet. 

That being said, what you eat could potentially make your aches and pains worse. There are different foods that can cause inflammation and eventually result in pain. Taking up a healthier diet can help you feel better, without constant aches and pains.

Foods To Say “No” To

While it may be difficult to resist pop, chocolate, breads, and desserts, it’s wise to just say no!!! According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, processed sugars release inflammatory messengers. These messengers are known as cytokines. It’s best to avoid any ingredients that end in “ose.” That includes sucrose, dextrose, fructose and many more. Other products to look out for include full-fat dairy products, pastas, any red meats and grain-based foods.

 Trans fats trigger orderly inflammation. You’ll find most of trans fats in fast foods, junk foods, and frozen meals. It’s smart to check the ingredients label and avoid anything with hydrogenated oils. These oils would indicate a high trans fat contents. 

Take a pass on products with white flower that include refined carbohydrates. That includes white rice and potatoes. Processed carbs increase fats. These fats fuel the production of advanced glycation, which then causes inflammation.

Foods To Say “Yes” To

Natural is the key. Try a diet with more fresh fruits and vegetables. Be sure to stay hydrated; drink more water. By simply drinking water, you can reduce pain caused by inflammation. Foods with natural probiotics, like Greek yogurt, are great additions to your diet and can greatly help regulate your diet. It’s that easy. Simply make better food choices to put yourself on the road to less pain and less need to rely on those excessive variations of pills. Another incentive to eating better is that you just might end up losing a few pounds. So, the next time you feel an ache, take a second and think about what you’re going to consume.

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