While waiting for my daughter to pick out her books at the library last week, I casually looked over the new arrival section and was pleasantly surprised to see one called, "Holistic Pain Relief" by Dr. Heather Tick. I checked the book out and read it in two days. I would highly recommend it to anyone going through any sort of health crisis.
Dr. Tick summarizes quite nicely several different types of treatments, solutions and strategies to assist anyone that is stuck in a painful cycle. She writes about a healing diet and when we eat the wrong foods our cells cannot heal and can actually cause inflammation in the body. You may know that losing weight can lighten the loads on your joints, but did you know there is a four pound reduction in stress on the knee joint for every pound lost by an overweight person? That's an amazing statistic .
According to Dr. Tick, "Diet is more powerful in preventing the common diseases than either drugs or medical care." I wasn't aware that 80% of the immune system lies inside of the gut. If someone has a leaky gut bad particles can cause inflammation. If it continues over a long period of time, such as when one has a food allergy, this type of inflammation can affect the entire body. One way to prevent leaky gut is to eat a balanced diet that includes probiotics and avoid excessive sugar and refined carbohydrates. I drink Kefir which is a probiotic smoothie drink that is found in the refrigerator section of most grocery stores. It has 10 strains of healthy bacteria verses the 2-3 strains found in most yogurts. It has a tart flavor so I mix it into my smoothies or with a little juice.
Healing works best when your body has the proper nutrients found in both food and supplements. There is a lot of excellent research on nutritional supplements but more is needed. If you are thinking of adding some to your diet consult your doctor especially if you are taking prescription medications. In addition, I would choose an isotonic formula verses a pill form. Many supplements in the pill form do not dissolve quickly enough to be absorbed into the bowel according to Dr. Tick. I take an isotonic formula which comes in a powder and dissolves into water, taken on an empty stomach it rapidly absorbs into the body for maximum results. Visit www.nutrametrix.com/napervillephysicaltherapy for more information.
We hear a lot about antioxidants lately and that they are helpful in lowering blood pressure and keeping our hearts healthy. Antioxidants are needed to decrease free radicals, the high energy particles that come from our body and the environment. Free radicals can cause inflammation and damage to our muscles and joints over time. Antioxidants can heal this damage. Some foods that are high in antioxidants are:
- Pinto and Kidney Beans
- Artichoke hearts
The best diet to assist with healing is a low-glycemic diet. The glycemic index measures how fast carbohydrates turn into sugar once you eat them. When you eat foods with a high GI number you will feel tired, cranky and hungry for anything about two hours after you eat. These foods cause your blood sugar level to drop below the normal range. This can cause more inflammation in your body, thus more pain and slower healing. Research has shown eating a low GI diet can also help control obesity and reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes. A good on-line site to check the numbers of various foods is www.glycemicindex.com. Food with a lower GI are healthier for us, generally try to stay below 55.
I was not aware that research supports eating food that has been naturally raised. I love the idea, but also can appreciate the fact that is more expensive. Dr. Tick suggests that if we are eating less animal proteins (3oz, 3x a week) you can buy better quality, it will taste better and offer improved nutritional value. Then use vegetables, beans, lentils and whole grains to fill yourself up.
Dairy products are something to consider giving up if you are having unexplained issues with your skin or sinus'. My husband is on a trial of giving up gluten and dairy products to see if he can clear up his 25 year history of blocked sinus'. He is 3 weeks in and about 25% better. I started buying almond milk for him and my kids all love it, especially the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Those with auto-immune disorders should try stopping cow's milk for a few months to see if it makes a difference in symptoms.
There are many more tips and breakthrough strategies offered in "Holistic Pain Relief" and I encourage everyone to check it out of their local library or order it on-line. I am even putting together a seminar on her information and many more tips on how to improve healing rates.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 8th at 10:30 AM.