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Chronic Pain and Food

Chronic Pain and Food -

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Question:

We all drive some kind of vehicle that requires fuel. So what would you say if I started putting gas into a diesel truck? Or diesel into a gas car?

You WOULDN’T like it right, you even say that I ruined a perfectly good working machine.

What about your BODY?

For the most part it is common knowledge that you must incorporate a healthy diet and exercise in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. BUT what does this mean?

We all know those who have copious amounts of time who can workout for hours and spend hours prepping their own food OR better yet, hiring someone to prep the food FOR them. But what about the other 98% of the population. I am here to tell you the importance of fueling your body with the CORRECT fuel in order to maintain an active healthy lifestyle and keep YOUR machine in good working condition.

“Eating healthy is more expensive”

“I don’t have time to exercise”

These are usually the comments I hear about eating healthy and incorporating a healthy lifestyle. But let me throw down some ‘truth bombs’ and some motivation to change your ways. #truthbomb

25% of people in the US will be diagnosed with some kind of chronic pain syndrome (CPS). Chronic pain is the defined as symptoms lasting more than 3-6 months.

If you WebMD chronic pain syndrome it will tell you that Doctors are not even sure of what causes CPS.  But let me tell you, it is the FUEL we put in our body that drives this state of inflammation in our body.

Let’s refer back to the first question I asked you: “What would you say about putting gas into a diesel truck?” Now let’s think about this in context of YOUR BODY.

What do we EAT?

Eating is a fundamental in our survival, as is breathing and drinking water. Without these 3 things we will not survive. Well, that sounds simple, but when we add working 40+ hours, maybe a second job, caring for children, taking care of our homes, chores and finances, food seems like the last on our list to prioritize.

Not making food and knowing WHAT you are eating is a HUGE mistake and it is adding to your overall stress. Fundamentally these toxins are taking a toll on your physical, mental, emotional well-being as well as your wallet.

$$$$Let’s Talk Money$$$$

According to National Health Expenditure Projections it is projected that Americans will spend 4.5 trillion dollars on health care in 2019, and 5 trillion by 2022.

Could you imagine having a trillion dollars? You could buy any food you wanted and thousands of chefs and trainers to keep you on track to optimal health. But we are spending it on our healthcare and often those interventions are TOO LATE to help and likely treating just the SYMPTOMS.

A study published by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine found that the average total cost for the healthy-food-diet model was $5,019 per year. The average cost of the convenient-food-diet model was more than twice that of the healthy-food-model, at $10,298 per year. The average daily cost of the healthy diet was $7.48, while the fast food diet averaged $15.30 per day.

Now you do the math, that is almost DOUBLE the cost for convenience that you will ultimately pay for in the long run for food that is not properly fueling your body!

Current Lifestyle…

Today our lifestyles are hectic with high stress jobs which are killing us from the inside out. It is important to see the body as a whole and it starts fundamentally with food.

Recent research has shown that sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine!

The food industry’s goal seems to be to create products that influence consumers’ taste buds and keep people coming back for more. For many busy individuals and families, these products have become the primary sources of food—even in places where fresh foods are widely available because of the minimal effort involved in preparing them.

Many foods and chemicals can cause inflammation in the gut, and once the intestines are inflamed, absorption of nutrients is compromised. This is when our body begins to stay in a low-grade state of systemic INFLAMMATION.

Symptoms Related to a State of Inflammation

  1. Compromised metabolism
  2. Chronic pain
  3. Increased fatigue
  4. Weight gain
  5. Decreased cognitive function
  6. Impaired sleep

Let’s look UPSTREAM

What if we focused on just the food we consume? Modifying the food would essentially take the diesel out of the gas car engine and give the machine a chance to FLUSH out the toxins and return to good working order. If an individual were to consume diesel (for continuation of the analogy) you would be increasing the toxic load within your body, correct? There is no way your body can function properly without first taking care of the poison that was just consumed.

An individual’s toxic load is made up of 3 things:

  • Genetics: predisposition for effective production of detoxification enzymes.
  • Toxins: exposure can occur through both internal and external sources.
  • Diet: a diet rich in detoxification nutrients and phytonutrients (nutrient-rich chemicals found in the plants we eat) #phytonutrients

Rules to live by (from Michael Pollan):

Don’t eat anything that is incapable of rotting

If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

 

I recommend a food reset plan to first eliminate the toxic burden you CONSUME and then we can focus on the remaining stressors in your life (i.e. stress, sleep, GI distress, relationships). This is a NATURAL way to initiate the process of detoxifying your body.

It is also important to detoxify your mental state. Try breathing, meditation, or mindfulness as ways to de-stress and relax before bed.

Help me help you! As I continue on my own health journey I am thirsty for knowledge and seeking answers so I can more effectively treat my clients.

Prevention is KEY

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