Registered Dietitians (RD) and nutritional therapists can play an important role in pain management. Diet can influence overall health, help reduce inflammation, help ease stress and rebuild health.
Andrew Weil, MD: Anti-Inflammatory Diet
"Andrew Thomas Weil is an American medical doctor, teacher, and best-selling author on holistic health. He is founder, professor, and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Weil is widely known for establishing the field of integrative medicine, which aims to combine alternative and conventional medicine. Weil suggests that patients take the Western medicine prescribed to them by physicians and then incorporate alternative therapies." Wikipedia
Dr Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet is way of selecting and preparing foods. to target and reduce inflammation because it is believed, chronic inflammation can cause serious illnesses and and pain.
We can usually identify inflammation from a cut, infection or injury. We are aware of redness, heat, swelling and pain. This is a component of the body's healing response. But when inflammation exists or persists-- it serves no purpose and can potentially cause damage and pain.
Stress, lack of exercise, genes and exposure to toxins (like secondhand tobacco smoke) can all contribute to such chronic inflammation. Diet can also play a big part too.
Food choices can influence the inflammatory process, helping to "put out the internal fire" and aid the healing process.
A health-care professional educated and experienced in nutrition can assist you with a program designed specifically for you. Check with your health-care practitioner regarding a diet that's right for you.
Components of an Anti-Flammatory Diet Can Include:
- White, Green and Oolong Teas
- Tumeric, Curry Powder, Ginger, Garlic, Chili Peppers, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme
- Cooked Asian Mushrooms: Shiitake, Enokidake, Maitake, and Oyster Mushrooms
- Wild Alaskan salmon (especially Sockeye), Herring, Sardines, and Black Cod: fish high in Omega-3 fats
- Healthy Fats: Avocado, Nuts (especially Wlanuts), Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Hemp Seed & Flax Seed
- Vegetables: Lightly cooked dark leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard), cruciferous
vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy and cauliflower), carrots, beets, onions, peas,
squashes, sea vegetables and washed raw salad greens.
- Fruits: Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, oranges, pink grapefruit, red
- grapes, plums, pomegranates, blackberries, cherries, apples, and pears
- Water: Drink pure water throughout the day, a recommendation is one ounce for every pound you weigh.
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