Reduce Pain with an Anti-Inflammatory Thanksgiving

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Reduce Pain with an Anti-Inflammatory Thanksgiving

Inflammatory conditions can be easily aggravated by the fat, sugar, refined white flour, dairy, gluten, and sodium found in a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast. Rather than sit it out, make some wise menu modifications to help you enjoy the holiday and decrease everyday aches and pains!


Diet: How Important Is It?

Food is your fuel source to keep all your body processes working. Nutrients (like vitamins and minerals) that come from the food you eat are essential for building new cells in your body that keep you young and your tissues healthy. Without a diet rich in all the essential nutrients, your body would cease to work properly. In fact, most chronic conditions and illnesses can be linked back to poor nutrition and nutrient deficiencies.


The essential nutrients your body needs every single day include 6 main parts: healthy fats, protein, healthy carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. Carbs are the main energy source for your brain and muscles. You want to choose carbohydrate options such as fruits, veggies and whole grains instead of pasta, cookies, cakes and candies.


Protein provides the structure of your cells. 35% of your entire diet should be protein to keep cells healthy and inflammation low. The average human body is made up of 60% water, which is why water is another essential nutrient you need to replenish each day. Without it, it can lead to major health problems and even death. Vitamins and minerals rebuild specific types of cells so you stay healthy and live longer. So yes, your diet is essential to staying healthy.


Chronic Pain, Inflammation and More

Did you know that how you eat can also affect how well your joints and bones hold up over time? There are many common issues with the joints that cause chronic pain and inflammation. You may know some of these conditions by the names of diabetes or arthritis. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, which is a deterioration of the bones and joints over time. This condition affects the joints of the body, where movement is made possible. Your muscles, ligaments and tendons are attached to your bones, and when they tug, your bones move on hinges, which are the joints.


Those joints are protected by layers of cartilage, water and other soft liquids to make movements pain-free. However, what you eat can cause damaging inflammation buildup in those joints. With rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system will actually see your joints as a foreign body—such as a virus—and will try to break down your joints. This is an inflammatory response caused by allergies, foods, repetitive motions, overuse and other chronic conditions. The key is to keep that inflammation at bay so you reduce pain you may have in your joints.


With other types of arthritis—such as osteoarthritis—the cartilage around your joints simply deteriorate. That happens faster when inflammatory fluids build up from your immune system response. A major part of keeping all of this from happening is to exercise regularly, invest in physical therapies and eat well.


Menu Tips for Your Thanksgiving

One of the major eating holidays is Thanksgiving. Many people gorge on delicious foods or start Thanksgiving early in the day so they can eat and eat and eat. Does that sound familiar to you?


The types of food you put into your body will determine how well your body works and how long it lasts throughout the years. Make sure you’re making wise food decisions during the holiday season, especially this Thanksgiving. Your body will have more inflammatory reactions when you load up on foods that are high in sugars, fats, refined white flour, dairy, gluten, and sodium found in a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast.


Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, but if you want to reduce pain and reduce the amount of inflammatory responses your body has, try these tips:

  1. Dress your dishes with homemade cranberry sauce instead of gravy.
  2. Keep your sweet potatoes marshmallow-free.
  3. Add almonds to green bean casserole instead of fried onions.
  4. Bake your turkey, don’t fry it.
  5. Choose apple pie over pecan pie.
  6. Serve roasted potatoes in place of white mashed potatoes.
  7. Make cauliflower stuffing rather than traditional stuffing.
  8. Serve pumpkin pudding instead of pumpkin pie.


Professional Help and Additional Tips

These food tips can help you be healthy and reduce pain from inflammation this Thanksgiving. There are other ways to help save yourself from loading up on everything in site. Try using smaller plates so you don’t feel like you have to fill and eat a huge plate of food. Drink a glass of water prior to starting your meal so you feel full faster. Be accountable with your eating choices with a loved one or friend.


If you experience pain and inflammation on a regular basis, also consider seeking professional help for your health. Even if you have mild pain that is bearable, you want to take care that the inflammation isn’t destroying your joints, which can cause chronic pain later on in life. At Colorado Regenerative Health, we specialize in regenerative medicine to treat chronic pain and joint injuries. We can help you with diet, making lifestyle changes and investing in effective treatments to reduce pain and inflammatory responses that can damage your bones and tissues.


Natural therapies (as opposed to surgery or narcotics) can help fix the actual underlying problem plaguing you instead of simply masking symptoms. One of the best for inflammation and pain are anti-inflammatory joint injections. Our anesthetic shots can relieve nerves that send out signals of pain. Plus, the natural chemicals actively reduce inflammation, helping to save your joints. Being free from pain or having reduced pain is definitely something to be thankful for! For all your pain and inflammation questions, or to get started with our amazing therapies today, call Colorado Regenerative Health at (303) 872-7161!

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