Still hurting? Your Diet Could Be Why  


What you put in your mouth can make your aches and pains worse. Like they say, “You are what you eat.” There are many foods that can cause inflammation and actually result in pain. Eating a healthier diet can help you feel better, and say goodbye to those nagging aches and pains.

Foods To Say “No” To

While it may be difficult to resist sodas, chocolate bars, pastries, and desserts, it’s smarter to just say no. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, processed sugars release inflammatory messengers. The culprits are known as cytokines. To be on the safe side, avoid any ingredients that end in “ose.” That includes sucrose and fructose.

Saturated fats also trigger inflammation. Cheese and pizza are two  highly apparent foods in the American diet, but Americans need to reduce their intakes of these foods if they want to feel their best. Other foods to stay away from include full-fat dairy products, pasta, red meat and grain-based desserts.

Harvard School researchers sent out the alarm on trans fats in the 1990s because trans fats trigger systemic inflammation. You’ll find plenty of trans fats in fast food, snack food, cookies, donuts and frozen breakfast products. Be sure to read the ingredient labels and avoid foods with hydrogenated oils.

It’s best to skip the products with white flour and refined carbohydrates in them, including white rice and white potatoes. Processed carbs fuel the production of advanced glycation, which causes inflammation.

While you may think mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) is only found in soy sauce and Asian food, it can be found in deli meats, fast foods, salad dressings and prepared soups. MSG is known as a chemical that triggers pathways for chronic inflammation.

Foods To Say “Yes” To

It’s not surprise that natural diets full in veggies and fruit are best. With any diet, it’s also very important to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water. Replacing your soda or sugary juice drinks with water, can reduce your chances of inflammation related pain. Any food filled with probiotics, such as Greek yogurt, is a great option for decreasing inflammation.

Making better food and drink choices will only set you up for a pain free and medication free life! The next time you feel a nagging ache, do some thinking about what you’re putting in your mouth. A food that you commonly eat may be hindering your quality of life.