Is Your Food Causing Your Joints To Ache?

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March 21, 2018
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Is Your Food Causing Your Joints To Ache?

Did you know that the foods that you eat can be causing inflammation and chronic pain in your body?  If you have chronic pain that has been unresolved with mainstream therapy then you may want to consider the possibility that something you are eating may be contributing to that chronic inflammation.

When you eat a food that you are sensitive to, your immune system reacts by releasing cells called antibodies (IgG).   These antibodies form complexes that can attack different parts of your body.  Now, yes, your immune system will try to clean them up before they cause damage but depending on how healthy you are overall, your immune system may have a limited capacity to do so.

What is the end result? You end up having a higher amount of antibody complexes attacking your joints or muscles or vessels causing chronic inflammation, headaches and/or pain.

How can you find out if this is your problem? It is simple!  We can do a blood test to figure out what your food sensitivities or intolerances are.  Click here for more information on Food Intolerance Test.  Note that these are NOT food allergies!  Food sensitivities are not immediate reaction, they are more delayed reactions (up to 3 days after eating the specific food).

If those of you who have not had the test done but are dealing with chronic pain and inflammation, please consider changing your diet to a more hypoallergenic one.  Here is a chart to follow:

 

AVOID RECOMMENDED
FRUITS Orange & Orange juice Fresh fruit, unsweet dried, or frozen
VEGETABLES Corn, any creamed vegetables.  Some need to avoid nightshade family: potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers All fresh raw, steamed, sautéed, juiced or roasted vegetables
STARCH / BREAD Gluten grains (wheat, barley, spelt, kamut, rye) Rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, tapioca, buckwheat.  Some can tolerate oats.
LEGUMES Tofu, tempeh, soy beans All legumes including peas and lentils
NUTS & SEEDS Peanuts, peanut butter Almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, sesame (tahini), sunflower, pumpkin, nut butters
MEAT & FISH Beef, pork cold cuts, sausages, canned meats, shellfish, eggs All fresh or frozen fish, chicken, turkey, wild game, lamb, water packed fish.
DAIRY Milk, cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, soy milk Milk substitutes such as rice milk, almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, egg replacer
FATS Margarine, butter, shortening, processed and hydrogenated oils, mayonnaise, spreads, poultry skin, deep fried foods (chips, donuts) Cold pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, organic canola, safflower oil, coconut oil.
BEVERAGES Sodas, diet sodas, sports beverages, alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea Water, caffeine free herbal teas, swiss water decaf, mineral water
SPICES & CONDIMENTS Chocolate, ketchup, soy sauce, BBQ sauce, bottled mustard Unsweetened vinegar, tamari sauce, all spices including salt & pepper, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, carob, oregano, parsley, dry mustard, rosemary, thyme or turmeric
SWEETENERS White or brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, evaporate cane juice Brown rice syrup, stevia, blackstrap molasses, agave nectar

For more information on how to find out if you chronic pain is due to food intolerances call us for a 10 minute Free Meet & Greet at 905-239-3900.  We are happy to help!

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