Christmas is coming so two things are probably weighing heavily on everybody’s minds: gifts and food! And although overindulgence is par for the course, there are some things to be mindful of during the holidays, for example, inflammatory foods. Inflammation is not a completely horrible concept as it is the body’s natural response to foreign particles (e.g. pollen), stress and infection. However, when inflammation is persistent it becomes problematic. Chronic inflammation has been connected to conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.
At Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center, we believe in a holistic approach to treatment. Our experienced medical practitioners, including licensed physical therapists and chiropractors, work with patients to achieve optimal physical performance, prevent the development of certain ailments and to heal the body without invasive surgical procedures through manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal structure.
At Goldson Spine, we also believe in the power of knowledge, therefore please see the below three foods or ingredients that cause inflammation in order to be more well-informed and to be more prepared for the barrage of drinks and dishes you’ll no doubt be bombarded with this Christmas season.
I know! This one is a gut punch. Sugar is found in just about everything tasty and desirable in the world. Soda, chocolate, cookies, desserts…you name it. As well as other items that you may not expect like nutrition bars, salad dressing and flavored yogurt. Too much sugar can be a real chore for almost every part of the body to handle. It can have a negative effect on a person’s mood, hormone levels and amplifies the chance of inflammation, which can worsen joint pain. It should be noted that the physical therapy and chiropractic care offered at Goldson Spine help alleviate painful joints, muscle strains, backaches and much more along with the use of Dr. Goldson’s Spine Joint Muscle Pain Cream (which is a naturally formulated product).
2. Processed Meats
You may know processed meats as “mystery meats” due to their mysterious sources. They include bacon, hot dogs, deli meats and sausage. These meats are preserved through certain cooking methods and are infused with chemicals and preservatives that promote inflammatory changes which have been linked to the development of high blood pressure, heart-related diseases, stomach and colon cancer.
Enjoying a glass of red wine can actually have heart-healthy benefits. That’s because the antioxidants found in wine can reduce the possibility of heart disease. But drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have quite the opposite and unfavorable result. When alcohol is broken down in our bodies, harmful after-effects are produced which lead to organ damage, particularly damage to the liver.
Of course, moderation is the way to go. Be mindful of the above-mentioned food items and others that may encourage inflammation. Establishing a balanced diet and a steady exercise routine can make a significant difference, especially for those suffering from inflammatory-related illnesses.