Inflammation can effect each individual in a high number and increasingly complex variety of ways. Inflammation is normal to some extent - but with such a complicated world, we are faced with many things that increase our inflammation to a degree where it is no longer adaptive.
Eating food may sometimes feel like a chore, but food is important in more ways than you may realize. Food not only energizes us, but also can impact our mood, either in a positive or negative way. There are certain foods which you should emphasize in your diet, and some which should generally be avoided. Please see below for an idea of a few of each!
Why Eating in Season and Locally is BEST for YOU!
Before we started cultivating the land and producing food for longer growing seasons, humans were nomads for thousands of years - traveling place-to-place and finding resources, including foods, as they went.
As a result of our nomadic heritage - our ancestors did not have the ability to get many types of foods year round; so they had to eat seasonally and store what they could - such as squashes, potatoes, apples, meats, and onions. In our modern society, we can get any type of food we want year round; but is this ideal for your digestion?
Contributed by Mark Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS and Perry Nickelston DC, NKT, FMS, SFMA
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating joint condition that effects more than 27 million individuals in the United States.1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80% of patients with OA have some limitation of mobility, while 25% are unable to perform the activities of daily living (ADLs)2.
Osteoarthritis is thought of as “wear and tear” arthritis and is caused by prolonged, abnormal stress on joints that leads to the breakdown of cartilage on joint surfaces. This is often associated with increased pain while performing daily activities.
Have you ever wondered… Why Bother Buying Organic?
- Food has changed greatly over the last few decades. Not only has the quality of food declined, but also the way in which we treat the plants we grow has made a drastic switch.
- Farmers used to grow crops in a way that would preserve the nutrients of soil, rotating crops in order to replenish nutrients that had been taken up. However, with mass consumption due to increases in population and the amount of food that each person eats, for larger farms this is not done. Therefore chemicals are added to the soil in the form of toxic fertilizers to try and add nutrients back in.
- These fertilizers are most often either commercially prepared, or come directly from livestock; which both have environmental and health consequences.