Did you know inflammation is the most underrated health problem in West Des Moines and even the entire United States. More people suffer from inflammation than ever before as it’s become the underlying root cause of a majority of health conditions we are seeing. Chronic, prolonged inflammation is linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pain.
As neurologically-based chiropractors, we see patients with chronic pain every day, and we all know that over-the-counter drugs are not the solution. Data has shown that over 100 million American adults live in chronic pain. It is extremely important for us to know how to manage inflammation to provide a better solution for pain syndromes.
What Causes Inflammation?
Most people think inflammation comes from some type of trauma or infection but actually, it can arise from injury on a cellular level inside the body. When cells are damaged, our immune system reacts with a series of events that result in inflammation. However, the most common contributing factor to inflammation is the food we eat.
The balance between omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is critical. Although omega-6 is an essential fatty acid that our body requires, its proinflammatory properties can be destructive when we consume too much. The optimal ratio between omega-6 to omega-3 should be 4:1 whereas most Americans average at 16:1. Some studies have shown the ratio to be as high as 20:1.
How Does Inflammation Cause Chronic Pain?
Every pain syndrome, no matter if it is acute or chronic, consists of an inflammatory profile as an underlying issue. Although there are many factors that contribute to pain, the major signaling chemical is Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). PGE2 is an end product of the omega-6 fatty acid Arachidonic Acid (AA) which is also responsible for inflammation.
How Can You Treat or Prevent Inflammation?
The first step to a balanced diet is to identify the foods that are “trouble-makers” and avoid consumption of proinflammatory products. Substitute sunflower oil, corn, and soy products with organic, grass-fed butter, coconut, and olive oil. Eat raw, whole foods instead of pre-packaged foods.
Here is a list of foods that are high omega-3 fatty acids:
- Omega-3 fatty acid fortified eggs and milk, fish oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, ground flax, salmon, and pumpkin seeds.
- Supplementation is a great way to increase your omega-3 intake. Fish oils are a great alternative as they contain an abundance of EPA and DHA.
In conclusion, inflammation is a key component to acute and chronic pain symptoms. The best course of action is to seek chiropractic care and start being mindful of your diet. We are happy to work with you on isolating your inflammation and treating it at the source!
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