Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pain, Inflammation and Nutrition: A Practitioner's View

People come and see me when they are in pain and I am constantly learning and advising on what foods and supplements can aid in decreasing pain and inflammation.  I do this for a couple of reasons.  1) People have terrible diets and most of the time are eating in a way that are increasing their pain and inflammation.  2) It gets them better faster and makes me look like a genius.  3) It is the right thing to do.

The problem is that most medical professionals don't know where to start with diet and the pain cycle so they start at the pharmacy.  It is sad that simple dietary changes have been proven to be more successful in breaking the pain and inflammation cycle but it is always overlooked.  Maybe because there is very little profit in it; I don't know.  Either way the real issue is actually getting back to eating like we are designed to eat.  A diet that is lower in Omega-6 containing foods, higher in Omega-3s, more Vitamin D, more protein (wild caught or grass fed), more veggies, lower carbs (little to no grains).  All of my patients that eat this way feel great and most come only when they have hurt themselves doing something that most their age wouldn't even attempt because of the pain it would cause the over-inflammed Standard American Diet patient.

I have been spending a great deal of my time lately designing diet plans that help those who have trouble with pain, inflammation and diet (as well as weight loss) to get them back on track.  It is a great joy to see the changes that can be made with proper nutrition.

Matt Wilson DC, CCWP

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