It is known throughout the profession that sustained relief is largely dependent on the individual’s diligence in maintaining an exercise regimen even after scheduled clinic visit are concluded. What is not so obvious are the other factors that should be considered in ensuring the success and longevity of physical therapy. One of these factors is the fuel that runs the human body, also known as food. It is no mystery that eating healthy is better than the alternative. The question that follows is, why? Television, magazines and numerous other media outlets imply that eating healthy is yet another element in perfecting ones physique. Although this is certainly true, this does not do justice to the many other benefits of a healthy and balanced diet. Similar to proper stretching and a therapy based workout routine, the right food choices can have a tremendous impact on the body’s ability to fight off inflammation.
The human body is second to none in its natural ability to deal with various challenges. The opportunity to enhance these defenses is often overlooked, and is as simple as eating the right foods. Many people see healthy eating as a painful obligation that involves a dedicated lifestyle change. Fortunately, this common misconception is not always accurate. The following is some of the foods and recommended daily/weekly servings listed from Gaples Institute and Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, that are both easy and inexpensive to obtain, and will help lead the charge in the fight against painful immflamation.
-Vegetables such as dark, green kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
-4-5 times a day
-Fruits such as Dark berries, peaches, oranges, plums, cherries, apples
-3-4 times a day
-Whole grains such as oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, barley
-3-5 times a day
-Beans and Legumes
-1-2 times a day
-Healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, nuts (walnuts, avocado, seeds)
5-7 times a day
-Fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and black cod
-2-6 times a week
Please consult your physician or healthcare provider before beginning or changing your daily nutrition.