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Inflammation and Your Diet (Part 1)

Throughout the day the body is constantly being bombarded with substances that can trigger inflammation.  Inflammation is not all bad, like when the body responds to an injury with swelling and blood clots to form a scab or to heal a bone.  But rather exposure to irritants like mold, pollen, chemicals, even foods that the body thinks is a threat to its’ health.  Autoimmune diseases or allergic reactions are thought to be linked to this concept. By repeatedly facing toxins, infection possibility, or trauma, it is almost like constantly being hit by strong waves at the shore of the ocean; it is never allowed to heal properly because the body cannot get back up on its feet again.  Sometimes immune cells start to perceive healthy tissue as unhealthy, here inflammation or in the former case, chronic inflammation is the result.  Hives, digestive issues, fatigue, headache, weight gain, mood swings, joint and nerve pain all can be linked to inflammation.

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What can we do to combat these ever looming potentials for disaster?  Build a Wall! No, well, sort of; maybe one to improve health.  By using food!  Think about it, food is mandatory to survive, something we need every day and something that is the easiest way to have an immediate and long term effect on how we feel.  It provides the fuel we need as well as the building blocks to create cells.  We are what we eat after all! 

Sometimes it is challenging to get everything we need to assist our anti inflammatory diet by food alone.  This is where a supplement may be helpful.  They come in many forms, can be added to foods like smoothies or simply taken in pill form.  In this article, I will be discussing five common vitamins that have been shown to have anti inflammatory properties and may be helpful in creating a more calm and happy body.

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Carbohydrates and You

pastaHere is a great article on the role of carbohydrates in daily function.  It also has a quick and easy calculation to know if you are getting the right amount of carbohydrates in your daily life.  Additionally it has a nice breakdown of when to eat when preparing for your workout and post exercise.  For more nutrition information be sure to check out The Center's nutrition pages. 

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/humanscien

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Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition

Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition

Physical therapy is a profession that is often dominated by a category of patients that share a similar complaint on the seemingly broad spectrum of pain.  Although every patient presents a different explanation as to how they interpret their own discomfort, it often can all be directed back toward one primary cause, and that is inflammation. 

In medical terminology, inflammation is identified as a localized, physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection.  In much simpler terms, inflammation is the body’s attempt at damage control.  A common outlook toward an injury is that the impacted area of the body is what is causing physical pain.  In-fact, the actual cause of pain following an injury can, in most cases, be attributed directly to the inflammation set in by the body in a rapid attempt at self-healing.  Physical therapy is a heavily researched area of the medical sciences that has placed great emphasis on the ability to decrease and/or abolish pain caused by this natural healing process.  Although therapy is an absolute necessity in the battle against inflammation initiated pain, there are multiple tools an individual can implement on the roadway to recovery. 

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Kick Start A Healthier Lifestyle


Summer is a great time to get fit and eat healthy.  The short, cold, snowy days have passed and the sun is finally shining!  There are a lot of affordable fresh fruits and veggies available and the Michigan weather is finally allowing us to get outside! In terms of exercise, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise 5 days per week.  This can be broken down into 10 or 15 minute increments.  I recommend simply starting with walking.  It's fun, free, low impact and most everyone can tolerate it.  In terms of intensity, you should be working out at your target heart rate which is about 50-85% of your maximum heart rate.  Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age.  There is a great chart you can find on the AHA website, www.heart.org.  In addition, this website has a lot of great information about diet and exercise.  It’s definitely a great source of reliable information.

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Have you ever wondered what you could do to help your body deal with pain and inflammation from the inside?  We do our best to follow the proper channels our doctors and therapists set for course of treatment regarding exercise, stretching, posture and certain medicine but have thought about the food you are ingesting and how it may be affecting your healing process?

It’s no surprise that there are millions of diets out there claiming to help loose weight but there are also great ones that may affect inflammation.  One idea is the anti-inflammatory diet.  This is rather a concept than a true spelled out diet.  Chronic inflammation has been shown to be the root of many serious illnesses those of which include heart disease, Alzheimer’s, many cancers, and has been linked to arthritis.

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