Food, Inflammation and Chronic Symptoms
If I'm honest, I always knew that my day of reckoning with sugar would eventually arrive. Over the years, as my knowledge and awareness expanded around how impactful food can be in mood and energy levels, I always reserved a moderate, but regular, amount of sugar intake as my guilty pleasure.
As what I've been calling a self-made "healing crisis" recently unfolded, I came to find out that sugar was really the tip of the iceberg in the much larger context of inflammation.
No longer willing to tolerate a recurring and low-grade "antsiness" (which would manifest most frequently in a desire to shuffle around while sitting watching a movie or driving or even on an airplane), I began to research in earnest. I stumbled upon the website of a gentleman much further along in his battle with what is commonly referred to as "Restless Leg Syndrome". After 20 years at the mercy of a lack of awareness, he cured himself using food, a few natural supplements and the will to prove to the pharmaceutical industry that prescription drugs are not the only way to cure his malady.
Left inspired and empowered, over the past 6 weeks, I added in certain anti-inflammatory spices and shifted my diet to emphasize anti-inflammatory foods (hello smoked salmon and carrot juice!) and de-emphasize inflammatory ones (I have not purchased chocolate in over a month, a feat which I cannot recall having accomplished since college). The result? I've dramatically reduced the incidence of this antsiness! Watching 5 hours of Harry Potter was a breeze! ;)
So, I ask you. What signs in your body have you been tolerating or pushing to the side? What new awareness and aliveness is on the other side of those unwanted symptoms? What support do you need to go there? I stand ready to be your guide.
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Bodies on Fire
Much has been written by leaders in the health and healing fields re: inflammation. Click here for Andrew Weil's take.
3 Things To Consider:
- Another class of foods can also cause chronic inflammatory symptoms are the nightshades (eggplant/aubergine, tomatoes, most peppers and even potatoes). Naturally occurring chemicals in these foods have been shown to interrupt nervous system function.
- Inflammation has been linked to everything from conditions as harmless as acne to as serious as multiple sclerosis.
- The body's natural response to unwanted stimulus is inflammation. Why? Because the inflammation allows for increased blood flow and thus faster healing! So, for acute concerns, it makes a lot of sense. It's the chronic inflammation that we can do without.
Vibrant Wellness Tip of the Month:
Is There Something in Your Diet That Doesn't Work For Your Body?
Could be wheat. Could be dairy. Refined sugar. Could be any number of things. The fact is, many chronic health complaints can be tracked to an over abundance of a type of food that our body is not set up to deal with at the current level we are bringing it in. The good news is you may not need to cut it out entirely. And, when you can find an ingredient that doesn't work for you and dial down the input, very specific and long awaited results almost always follow swiftly.