Inflammation and Diet
SEPT 2, 2022
Hello everybody. This is Dr. Aaron Seaton doing another video. Today's video is Inflammation and the Diet. You might ask yourself, "Well, what does that have to do with chiropractic care?" Well, I see patients, a lot of the times they come in with neck pain, headaches, low-back pain, whatever, and we start adjusting them, and they're not quite progressing the way we would like to see them progress. We'd like to see them getting better faster. And in those cases, we start to discuss what they're putting into their body because our diet can directly impact the level of inflammation we feel. So these are things that I talk to those patients about avoiding. Do your best to eliminate this stuff from your diet because this will cause ongoing inflammation. And that can show up in the joints, that can show up everywhere. And you can have unexplained pain, which could be a potential cause of some of that or at least contribute to that. So if we can remove some of this stuff from your diet and start improving your diet, that can help with your chiropractic progress.
First one PUFAs, right? Polyunsaturated fatty acids. These have skyrocketed in our diet in the last 100 years, and these are the typical vegetable oils that were not present in our diet prior. Things as corn oil, cotton seed oil, peanut oil, all these types, and hydrogenated oils or trans-fats. All of this stuff is in processed foods. It's kind of hidden in these things, and many people now are consuming these at levels way beyond what we're used to. So this is very important to really look at getting this out of your diet. The second one is a lot of sugar in grains. We know sugar causes inflammation. We know it thickens the blood. We know there's little to no nutrient benefit of consuming sugar whatsoever. So having just... The good news is these top two are usually found in a lot of processed and packaged foods, things that, if you stick with the natural stuff, you can avoid a lot of this if you do that. So keep an eye out for these because these two are right here, a significant influence on inflammation in your body. So if you can start, nobody's perfect, but if you can start really getting 80% of these plus out of your diet, all of us would feel a lot better if we were doing that. And so rather than just have a video that's all negative, don't eat this, don't eat that, what can we eat?
This is just a basic list to start introducing you to these concepts. Pasture-raised meats and eggs, like grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, and pasture-raised eggs. Hopefully, these are from chickens out roaming around, not just eating chicken feed because a lot of chicken feed is mainly corn and soy, which has a lot of this in it. So if we can get our eggs from somebody, hopefully, you know somebody local that has pasture-raised hens that are roaming around and grazing and eating stuff, finding bugs, eating a lot of different things on top of having some baseline feed, those eggs are going to be far healthier. And they actually did a study on eggs where they had just the regular caged hens, and they had pastured hens that were roaming around, allowed to eat and find things in their diet freely.
These eggs had 17 times more of this. So the caged hens had 17 times more PUFAs in the egg from just being on a diet of corn and soy chicken feed. So once you pull them out and you put them on a pasture, and you let those chickens eat, you're actually eating very close eggs and, in most cases, are very, very close to having an omega-6, omega-3 ratio of 1:1, which is ideal, like having a balance of your fatty acids. When you put them on this caged diet, and they're only given chicken feed, these skyrockets, the linoleic acids, these omega-6s start going way up in the actual egg yolk, so not something you want to be regularly consuming. So pasture-raised is the way to go with your beef, with your lamb, with your eggs. Homemade bone broths can be very, very healthy for us. Lots of minerals can be in there, especially if you're using marrow bones from pasture-raised animals can be very healthy.
Wild seafood is phenomenal for us, so wild salmon. Wild fish is very healthy, especially wild salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which... Omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect. These are pro-inflammation. They cause inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect on us. They're very good for our brain and cardiovascular health, so things like wild salmon can be very healthy, loaded with vitamin D. And also fruits and veggies. We tend to have more minerals in our carbs from sources like whole fruits, and more anti-oxidants are present when we're eating that. I'm not saying to eat zero carbohydrates, but try to get your sources of carbs from better sources than just straight sugar or straight grain products all the time. This would be much healthier if we could work from this menu here and try to minimize this. And like I said, nobody's perfect, nobody's 100%, but if we could really get 80 plus percent of this out of your diet and really start kind of swimming in these waters, so to speak, eating from this list more, you're going to be feeling a lot less inflammation and that will definitely impact your chiropractic care. I'm Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place.
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