A lot of things cause pain, one that is most common is inflammation in this article I am going to tell you about an all natural way to ease your pain. Many people take anti inflammatory medications for this but what if I told you, you don’t have to. What if I told you all you have to do is change your diet to ease your pain and alleviate chronic pain.
How to like vegetables
Not many people even like hearing the “diet” word, so let me explain. When I say change your diet, I just mean for you to cut out the foods that cause inflammation. Oh, you didn’t know that the very foods you’re eating could be the cause of your inflammation. These foods that are deemed healthy for us to consume are actually causing a lot of our health conditions and diseases.
So when I say change your diet, this does not mean you can’t enjoy your foods they just need a bit of modification. For an example; last night I had a beautifully cooked steak wrapped in bacon and smothered in cheese. NO, this is not something you should do daily but you also don’t have to restrict yourself so much that you throw in the towel or feel like your missing out.
If your thinking to yourself, “I just don’t like the taste of vegetables”. Well you CAN find a way to like them, I have learned so many ways to cook vegetables that create a flavor I never know they could. One example is slicing brussells sprouts and frying them in coconut oil til they are golden brown. Mouth watering is the only way I can describe the taste, and if you add in some mushrooms and thinly sliced cabbage. Season it with some dill, salt and pepper and you’ve got yourself a delectable dish. Get inventive with your veggies, do some research if you need to.
The Keto lifestyle is up and coming and with all the rage comes new and delicious ways to prepare your food. Vegetables don’t have to be bland and boring anymore, you can incorporate some tasty meats to compliment your veggies.
Inflammatory foods to avoid
- processed meats
- most desserts
- sugary drinks (alcoholic or non)
- trans fats
- sugars! all sugars!
The inflammation process to heal wounds and infection is not what I’m referring to. I touched base on inflammation in my article “Benefits of the keto diet” now I would like to go into more depth in this topic. A lot of these things make sense when we think about what goes into our bodies, I know when I first learned of this I had that “ahh-ha” moment. As soon as I started cutting out the inflammatory foods I instantly saw a difference in the way I felt physically and even mentally.
Inflammation in general is the bodies response to injury, the body wants to fix and protect whats damaged or potentially damaging. So when we put something foreign in our bodies, when I say foreign I mean foods that are processed or genetically modified the body sees that as potentially damaging and takes action. This action is known as inflammation, our body is just doing its job trying to protect us from harm. Its kind of scary to think that the foods that have been marketed as fit for consumption, our bodies are trying to protect us from.
Some might then say “well thats what ibuprofen is for”. Well then your stopping the healing process, so now the body can not heal and protect itself efficiently. I’m sure you can imagine the damage than can occur from all this. When in retrospect we can prevent all of this with better life choices.
When your body is inflamed it can prevent your digestive track from absorbing essential nutrients, because its inflamed. Your joints swell and cause pain, your brain can be inflamed and cause brain fog.
Inflammation in any parts of your body for any length of time is a recipe for disaster. We can’t control what has been genetically modified or processed, but we can control what we choose to put in our bodies. Progressive inflammation will damage your arteries, vital organs and joints. If we don’t take control and prevent this it can lead to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, alzheimers, chronic arthritis and even cancer.
I’m sure reading this is scary but not as scary as getting that diagnosis some day knowing it could of been prevented. Take control of your body, treat it as the life sustaining vessel it was meant to be. I realize that lifestyle changes are hard especially when we’ve lived the same way for years but the end result will be worth it.
For myself I look ahead at the life I want to live with my Children, I am nearing 40, my youngest of three is children is three years old. I want to live a happy, healthy pain free life for as long as I can. I want to enjoy whatever time I can enjoying life with my kids and someday my grandchildren.
We do need Doctors that is true but it would be nice to be confident that they really do have your best interest in mind. What bothers me is that some Doctors are feeding us lies for their own benefit and if you think I’m being paranoid thing again. I have a book at home by Ken. D. Berry, if you’ve never heard of him he is an M.D. (Medicine Doctor). He wrote a book called “Lies My Doctor Told Me” and his book confirmed a lot of suspicion I already had, not all Doctors “misinform” us but a lot do.
What would happen if a lot of the diseases many of us suffer from was cured or prevented by just changing what we put in our bodies? Less office visits and if you don’t know this, Doctors profit from each office appointment. There would be less medications prescribed, less therapy sessions. Think of all the money we would save and the “professionals” would lose out on, need I say more?
If we don’t feed diseases, in time these diseases that can be prevented will cease to exist. I realize there are other contributing factors of inflammation but lets just take the steps we can to protect ourselves so our bodies don’t have to.
Preventing Chronic Diseases
Lets go over what we need to do to prevent chronic diseases. We need to change our eating habits to exclude processed and genetically modified foods. I have already given you a food list to avoid so now I will provide you with a list that are anti inflammatory and Keto friendly:
Foods with antioxidants
- garlic and parsley
- broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower
- spinach & green leafy vegetables
- seafood and lean meats
There are many other foods that are high in antioxidant but I guess I am trying to paint a picture for you so to speak. As you have probably guessed the keto lifestyle is very good at preventing chronic inflammation and the foods I have listed are all keto friendly foods. Not saying that if you were not to eat the keto way it wouldn’t reduce inflammation. I just know from experience that the keto lifestyle does work.
We’ve talked a lot about inflammation, that is because it causes pain regardless of where it is in the body. We all would like to live pain free, now that we know what causes pain and what we can do to prevent or manage it we’re on our way to pain free living. Managing chronic pain doesn’t have to involve expensive medications or the possibility of an addiction. If we can treat chronic pain with just an alteration in the way we eat and avoid the latter, I think we’re pretty fortunate. So in short, treat your body well and in turn it will treat you well.
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Be well and Keto On.