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Exploring the Link Between Diet and Inflammation

If you are suffering from chronic pain, then inflammation is likely to blame. In addition to pain, it is associated with a higher risk of many different chronic conditions, from type 2 diabetes to heart disease. When you visit a chiropractor for your chronic pain, one issue he or she may discuss with you is your diet. The foods you choose can have a tremendous impact on your pain symptoms and your overall level of inflammation. Here is what you need to know.

Obesity can trigger low-grade inflammation.

Adipose tissue—or fat tissue—is known to release pro-inflammatory substances in the body that can contribute to chronic inflammation. Often, people who are obese have higher levels of inflammatory markers in their blood that decline in response to weight loss. Although doctors are unsure why, carrying excess weight around the midsection is linked to higher rates of inflammation. Managing your overall caloric intake can help you reduce the amount of inflammation you experience.

Simple sugars may increase inflammation.

When it comes to carbohydrates, the type you choose has a significant impact on inflammation. Whole grains, which are rich in fiber, do not seem to trigger inflammation, but carbohydrates that contain simple sugars do. To control your levels of inflammation, opt for whole-grain carbohydrates rather than those rich in simple sugars.

Monounsaturated fats may reduce inflammation.

Like carbohydrates, not all fats are created equal. Although saturated fats may boost the risk of inflammation, monounsaturated fats seem to reduce it. This may be because these kinds of fats contain oleic acid, which is associated with lower inflammation biomarkers. Olive oil, rapeseed oil, canola oil, and some nuts and seeds all contain oleic acid.

Fight the impacts of inflammation in your body with nutritional counseling and chiropractic care in New York, NY at Manhattan Total Health. Our comprehensive approach to chronic pain management will help you achieve relief and fight past your symptoms for good. Learn more about all of our services or make an appointment by calling (888) 614-9257.

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