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A good diet can make a huge difference on how we feel.  Many of us rely on medications and quick fixes to feel better.  But the truth is that by encorporating foods high in nutrition and working in a regular exercise routine, there is potential to omit or decrease the amount of medications and pain killers that are currently being taken. 

Inflammation is a reaction in the tissue from an injury or infection.  This area of tissue can become irritated with swelling and pain.  It can also result with a loss in regular and functional movement.  Arthritis, joint disfunction, and soft tissue irritation are often accompanied with inflammation.

A common symptom a chiropractor often deals with is inflammation.  In addition to chiropractic adjustments, reviewing your diet is a great way to start.  It is going to be very beneficial to avoid foods that promote inflammation.  These will include foods that are highly processed and high in saturated fats.  Foods high in sodium as well as sugary processed drinks, sweets, and pastries should also be avoided.

Examples of foods that actually promote inflammation are processed lunch meats, sausages, hots dogs, many fast foods, fatty meats, sugary foods such as sweetened cereals and pastry goods.

The foods you are going to want to choose are anti-inflammatory foods.  These foods not only help with controlling inflammation, but will also make you feel better and reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.  Anit-inflammatory foods include a balance of healthy fats and protiens that come from lean red meats, poultry, fish, nuts, and legumes.  Omega-3 fatty acids are an excellent healthy fat that can easily be added in the diet through olive oil.

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Carbohydrates consumed should come mostly from fruits, vegetables, and 100% whole grains.  When selecting

fruits and vegetables, think color!  The more color the better.  Choosing deep green leafy vegetables and a variety of bright colored fruits and vegetables will optimize the health benefits they have to offer.  It is suggested that five or more servings of fruits and vegetables should be consumed daily, depending on individual caloric needs.  Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain fiber which is why they are an excellent anti-inflammatory food.  High fiber diets can be a great way of controlling inflammation.  Ask your Bozeman chiropractor for more information on high fiber foods.

Choosing beverages wisely is also an important part of a healthy diet.  It is best to simply eliminate all sugary juices and sodas from the diet.  Drinking plety of water is very beneficial.  Other beverages that are good to consume are low fat dairy milk or soy milk, tea, and 100% unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices.

In addition to a healthy diet, there a number of natural herbs and supplements that can also help with inflammation.  These include; Boswellia, White Willow Bark Extract, Gingerroot, and Bromelain.

It is very important and beneficial for everyone to have a well balanced, healthy diet.  If you want to learn more about implementing a healthy diet, natural supplements, and receiveing care that will help control inflammation, Dr. Dustin Rising can help you at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman.

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