So you’ve started a chiropractic care regimen for your aching spine. Now your chiropractor has given you information on eating a more anti-inflammatory diet to complement your treatment. And you’re wondering, “What can an anti-inflammatory diet do for me? I just feel achy and deal with back pain.”
Well, for starters, an anti-inflammatory diet can provide your body with nutrients and antioxidants that can improve bone and joint health. If you’re wondering where to start, we’ve included a short list of some of the best anti-inflammatory foods to help you get on the fast track to better joint and overall health.
Anti-inflammatory Foods for Better Joints and Overall Health
1. Nuts and Seeds
These nutritional nuggets provide essential omega fatty acids and vitamin E, which lubricates the joints and is essential for healthy cell function. Nuts are a convenient food that can be eaten while traveling and on a busy schedule. Walnuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios, and cashews are great examples of nuts that contain these healthy antioxidants.
2. Berries and Citrus Fruits
This is a colorful and flavorful group of anti-inflammatory foods that are rich in vitamin C, which promotes healthy muscle and immune function, such as helping the body regulate inflammatory responses. These fruits also taste great and can keep you healthier during cold and flu season.
3. Olive, Flax and Coconut Oils
Another source of omega fatty acids, this is a great alternative to using butter and lard in cooking. When your body takes in fatty acids, your cells receive valuable nutrients that help your body’s bones and other organs work together more efficiently. Just be sure to be selective by choosing extra virgin olive oil and/or cold pressed coconut oil and flax seed oils.
4. Leafy Green Vegetables
Also great at helping the body stay fuller longer and eliminating waste products, leafy green vegetables provide numerous micronutrients that your body would miss out on otherwise. The enzymes provided by these nutritional powerhouses also make digesting your dinner easier. Try baby kale, spinach, collards, and mustard greens, just to name a few. Be sure to eat a few servings of greens daily.
5. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and other fatty varieties, are rich in omega-3’s and amino acids which help restore cell function. When looking for these fish in the store, try to find wild-caught fish, rather than farm-caught. It means the fish have not been fed unnatural foods. Eating 1-2 servings a week helps you avoid mercury.
While this isn’t really a food, water plays a vital role in keeping inflammation levels down. Every cell in your body needs water, and when you aren’t drinking enough of it, your body can experience extra aches and pains. Drink at least 6-8, 8 ounce glasses daily to stay hydrated and healthy and reduce sugary sodas, which increase inflammation.
Now we’ve give you a few foods to get you started on an anti-inflammatory diet. When you combine chiropractic treatment, which will lower inflammation caused by alignment issues, with an anti-inflammatory diet, you’ve created a winning recipe for healthier joints, as well as improved overall health.