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How Anti-inflammatory Diets Help End Chronic Pain

May 12, 2011

Anti-inflammatory diets are getting the attention of many people with the promise of reducing weight, chronic pain and symptoms associated with cancer and arthritis. By cutting back on processed foods, sugar, milk and gluten, inflammation and pain are reduced and sometimes eliminated completely.  If you suffer from chronic pain and other symptoms, it seems that making some revisions to your diet could be a good option for a path to wellness.

However, anti-inflammatory diets like the Mediterranean Diet and The Zone are being scrutinized by certain people in the health community for not being as effective as they suggest. Lisa Cimperman a dietitian at University Hospitals in Cleveland was quoted on NPR: "We are not at the point yet that we can say that diet directly modifies the inflammatory process.”

Integrative Nutrition guest speakers, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Barry Sears all agree that diet directly affects the symptoms caused by inflammation in the body. Their work is to help people reduce the causes of inflammation by making dietary and lifestyle changes.

"Hidden inflammation run amok is at the root of all chronic illness: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia, depression, cancer and even autism." - Dr. Mark Hyman, UltraWellness: Inflammation & Immune Balance

Dr. Hyman gives seven ways to avoid inflammation that do not include anti-inflammatory drugs. His recommendations? Eat whole foods and healthy fats, exercise, and meditation, to name a few.

While the science community says the verdict is still out on the effects of anti-inflammatory diet on chronic illness, we can state, with the utmost confidence, food affects everything.

Have you greatly reduced or cured a chronic illness through dietary changes?

We would love to hear your “body of evidence” in the comments.