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Fighting fire with food

Updated: Dec 3, 2019's the fire inside and the root cause of chronic pain. To put it simply, inflammation is your immune system’s response to an injury or irritant. When it comes to pinpointing the foods that you may be sensitive to and causing your inflammation, I encourage you to look to the gold standard in functional medicine and that’s an elimination diet. Not only is an elimination diet a cost effective method of personal exploration, it allows you to narrow in for yourself on the foods that are troubling you. Elimination diets can bring relief from a whole host of problems such as migraines, IBS, autoimmune disease, hives, acne, anxiety/depression, cravings, joint pain and swelling. In a 21 day elimination diet, you are strategically removing the most common big offenders at once, including gluten (including wheat), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.), soy, corn, eggs and preferably sugar and processed foods. These are the most common irritants and inflammatory foods and so by eliminating them you can help ease your pain. After 21 days, slowly reintroduce each group separately and watch for any continued improvements or resurgence in symptoms. Keep in mind other possible offenders such as caffeine, peanuts, nightshade vegetables and shellfish. While you are on an elimination diet, focus on consuming delicious whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, organic poultry, fish and gluten free grains such as brown rice, millet and ancient grains like quinoa and millet. Elimination diets can take time and commitment but our bodies are wise and as my wise mentor says, pain is our body's way of speaking to us, so I encourage you to listen. I am here to help you do just that. Contact me and together we will get you started on an elimination diet today!

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