The phrase “you are what you eat” goes beyond the size of your waist. According to our chiropractor in Ealing, the foods you consume can have a direct impact on the health of your joints and spine. You may already be taking positive steps to relieve stiffness, pain and inflammation in your joints, but eating certain foods may provide additional help.
While there is no specific “diet” that people with joint and back pain should follow, our chiropractor in Ealing recommends certain foods that can help control inflammation. Many of them are found in the so-called Mediterranean diet, which is centred around fish, vegetables and olive oil.
So, before you decide what is on the menu for dinner tonight, take a look at our top choices from our Ealing chiropractor.
You Are What You Eat; and So Are Your Joints!
The Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet is known to offer various health benefits, some of which echo nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
This diet consists of a high level of low-glycaemic fruit, vegetables and legumes; a high level of unsaturated fats, especially olive oil, complemented by a small amount of wine. It also includes a moderate to high level of wild fish and a small number of dairy products and red meat.
Thanks to its omega-3 fatty acid content, fish oil offers anti-inflammatory benefits that are particularly helpful for joint pain.
Natural sources of fish oil include cold-water fish, such as wild salmon, trout and sardines. Vegan and vegetarian sources include flax seed, chia seeds and organic soybeans.
Cruciferous vegetables are part of the Brassica genus of plants and include vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale and many more.
These veggies are all jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fibre that can block the enzyme that causes joint pain and inflammation.
Including cruciferous vegetables to your diet every day is highly recommended.
Spices and herbs
There are many spices and herbs that may help reduced inflammation in the body.
Turmeric is a spice known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Specifically, the yellow pigment in turmeric, called curcumin, is the anti-inflammatory agent. Turmeric and curcumin have long been used in traditional Asian medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Often used in curries and other Indian dishes, Turmeric has a strong and earthy flavour. You can add it to smoothies, eggs, or sauces for an anti-inflammatory boost.
Green tea is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world, but did you know it can induce changes in arthritis-related immune responses?
The polyphenolic compounds from green tea possess anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to be an effective complement to nutritional therapy.
Drinking 3 – 4 cups of green tea a day may be beneficial in reducing inflammation. Green Tea does contain caffeine; however, decaffeinated varieties are also available.
Visiting our Chiropractic Clinic in Ealing
Many patients visit The Spine & Joint Centre, our chiropractic clinic in Ealing, in pain or discomfort. Our team of chiropractors are committed to treating the cause of our patients’ pain and not just the symptoms.
When you visit our chiropractic clinic you will undergo a comprehensive consultation and thorough examination to discover the cause of your pain. Your chiropractor will then be in a position to offer a diagnosis of your complaint.
If treatment is appropriate, your chiropractor will commence treatment. Following your treatment, your chiropractor may recommend some actions you can take to help your condition. These may include lifestyle changes, specific exercises and ice or heat treatment.
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