What is inflammation?Inflammation is a natural reaction to injury or infection. It’s our body’s way to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or infection – and begin the healing process. Tissue that is inflamed will swell, become warm and produce pain. Too much inflammation in the body can do harm, leading to eroding muscles, and loss of power to fight disease. Drugs we use for our pain, environmental toxins, free radical damage, injury, trauma, bring inflammation. Inflammation and fibromyalgia is doubly painful!
Triggers For Inflammation
A diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids
Prescription or over-the-counter drugs (including birth control pills, aspirin or tylenol)
Make-up, perfume or skin creams
Stress & the air you breathe
Inflammation disorders at joints include:
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- knee pain
People with fibromyalgia may have both local and systemic inflammation.
Foods that Inflame
What we eat can influence inflammation for better or worse. Someone with fibromyalgia can not tolerate eating overly processed, high-inflammatory foods day after day without bring pain to high levels. If we eat bagels for breakfast, microwaved sandwiches at lunch, and finish with frozen dinners, your inflammation will began to build resulting in chronic inflammation in our digestive systems. When our colon is inflamed we cannot properly digest our food. We are only as healthy as the food we can digest, absorb and assimilate.
Chronic inflammation leaves our bodies open to a host of conditions such as, cancer, dementia, heart disease, and arthritis.
Sugar is a champion for causing inflammation in the body. In the 1700’s people consumed approximately 4 lbs. of sugar per year. In the early 1900’s, people consumed about 5 lbs. of sugar per year! Today, Americans have reached an astounding 2-3 lbs. per week!
These foods are on top of the list for producing inflammation and stress in the body; trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, white flour. These types of food should be avoided if we want to feel better.
Foods that Improve
These are powerful whole foods that can act as medicine. Most fruits and vegetables, beans, seeds and nuts, lentils, walnuts, asparagus, Brussels spouts, whole brown rice, and berries will cool your body down. Plus, uncooked fruits and vegetables cut inflammation with enzymes and correct your body’s pH levels. A system that is too acid is the perfect environment for disease to breed.