Inflammation

I was asked about inflammation today.  A patient wanted to know what he could do to reduce the chronic pain in his joints.  My response was to suggest that he first look at this diet and eliminate foods that are known to increase inflammation.  Sugar, corn syrup and other concentrated simple carbohydrates, even natural ones like honey if done to excess, will encourage inflammation in the body.  Grains are now known to encourage inflammation because of the high percentage of quickly digested sugars bu also because of the high Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.  Grain fed meat, milk and eggs are inflammatory for the same reason. Grass fed animal products are not inflammatory. Non-inflammatory foods that can substitute as a starch food include root vegetables like yams, turnips, carrots and beets.

I’ll let you digest that and then talk some more about inflammation later.