Poor Nutrition, Vitamin C, Inflammation and Health
What do poor nutrition and inflammation have in common? They are a “cause and effect” team that everyone should know about. When a substance that your body doesn’t want is introduced into your body, your immune system comes to the rescue. It begins to attack it, causing inflammation. This inflammation may be swollen and painful joints, stress and anxiety, decreased range of motion, even fatigue. Chronic inflammation is the result of constantly eating foods that our bodies don’t want!
Unfortunately the SAD (Standard American Diet) is still very high in chemical preservatives, fats and too high in certain carbohydrates that promote obesity, inflammation and a long list of degenerative changes and diseases that are continuing to drive up health care costs.
What types of foods are known to promote inflammation?
- Fast foods
- Red Meat
- Hydrogenated and Trans fats – found in margarine, shortening and lard.
- White sugar and sweets
- Fried foods
- Synthetic sweeteners
- Dairy products
- Refined carbs (pastries and bread)
- Wheat products
Now that you know what food to stay away from, what foods will fight inflammation? We’ve started a list for you:
- Almonds and walnuts
- Salmon and other fatty fish and fish oils (EPA/ DHA)
- Fruits including cherries, oranges and blueberries
- Olive oil
- Leafy veggies like kale and spinach
Inflammation is one of the key factors in the ecosystem of just about all types of neoplastic tissues, illness or arthritic and degenerative conditions. (Your current amount of inflammation is your body can actually predict the chances and length of survival time for numerous types of cancer. A person that has the lowest inflammation levels are twice as likely to survive for at least two years with a cancer diagnosis.)
The simple way to see how inflamed you may be is to see how high or “HOT” the “soup” of your body tissues may be. There are several low cost tests (in the $30 to $200 range) we can perform in clinic to see how ACID or ALKALINE your tissues may be. There are numerous blood and urine markers that can get very specific for disease and tissues markers to check on your cell response to inflammation or functional levels of inflammation in your body.
Another key therapy approach to dealing with any form of inflammation is higher dose Vitamin C therapy. Daily use of oral Vitamin C and high dose IV therapy on acute illness has been shown to reduce inflammation. Much of this has been demonstrated in dealing with Cancer therapy where one of the leading causes of cancer is your body’s level of inflammation setting up the environment to enable the cancer to gain a foot hold and grow.
Do you know what foods are acid vs alkaline forming? Try this simple test!
Question: What is more alkaline forming: organic whole grain bread, a 6oz hamburger/steak or a grapefruit?
Answer: the grapefruit. It is often considered acidic as it is high in citric acid BUT in your body they actually have an alkalizing effect. Meats are alkaline before digestion, but leave very acidic residue and therefore is acid forming.
Our human blood pH should be (7.35-7.45) which is slightly alkaline. Above this range or below means disease and a variety of symptoms.
If you have questions about inflammatory foods and/or foods to help your pH balance, just ask us for help at your next visit. If you are not currently a patient at AdvaCare call today 952-835-6653 to set up a free consult with our care coordinator to see how we can help educate you on health and wellness principles to enable you to have a healthier and more cost effective approach to your lifestyle and healthcare.
Clinic Administrator Advacare Clinics