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December Wellness Tip

Inflammation: The Root Cause of Disease

Evelyne Mitskopoulos CNP is our staff nutritionist and Director of Wellness at Beneplan.

Inflammation is the number one reason that people consult their doctor such as arthritis, gastritis, colitis, dermatitis, neuritis and cystitis.  There are many diseases or health issues that are closely linked to inflammation.  For example, heart disease, especially coronary artery disease is directly associated with inflammation.  The spread of cancer is accelerated by inflammation and many cancer therapies utilize anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids to keep the inflammation under control.  Even obesity, dementia, migraine headaches, allergies, asthma, diabetes, skin disorders and Alzheimer’s disease involve inflammation.  Sports injuries such as tendonitis and bursitis and any musculo-skeletal injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident involve inflammation

Conventional doctors treat inflammation with drugs and surgery and this can be very helpful for acute illnesses but falls short when it comes to chronic disease or prevention.

It is important to address the underlying cause of the illness.  Anti-inflammatory drugs don’t do this.  If they did, then why does the disease still persist?  There is a better way – proper nutrition!

You want to consume many anti-inflammatory foods on a daily basis and be aware of any foods that you are allergic or sensitive to.  Allergies are most often due to the protein in it, but even carbohydrates and lipids can effect an allergic response. Stay clear of unhealthy choices such as white sugar, harmful fats and processed foods and replace them with natural unrefined sweeteners (raw honey), healing fats and fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.

I do not believe in a one-size fits all diet.  Each of us has our own unique chemistry and we may be dealing with particular ailments that necessitate certain foods.  Take notice of how food affects you and whether it fuels you or drags you down, causes any adverse reaction and even how it affects your mood.   One of the most effective ways of doing this is keeping a diary for two weeks to track your results and make changes accordingly.