Bad Diet and Inflammation

by Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. on April 6, 2012

After working on thousands of bodies over the past 21 years, here is what I do know.  When a person has a bad diet (sugar, processed foods, no vegetables, lots of coffee) their muscles and tissues have a puffy feeling to them.  They feel inflammed and angry.  It isn’t just in one area but will be throughout the entire body. 

I had one patient come in who ate the typical Standard American Diet (cereal for breakfast, meat sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner). I had worked on him for months so I knew what his body felt like.  Then he came in and his tissues felt calmer and less inflammed.  I asked him what he had been doing and he said he had changed his diet and was eating a lot of vegetables.  Bingo.  He was getting rid of toxins and was feeding his body correctly.  Now he was getting healthier.

Most of us don’t realize what we put in our mouth on a daily basis has a profound effect on our muscles and soft tissues.  Processed sugars and grains cause inflammation in the body, which will increase pain and muscle tightness.  Improving your diet by eliminating these products and adding good healthy vegetables and fruits will reduce the inflammation and pain.  The healthier the body is the less you need to see me or your massage therapist or your acupuncturist.  It will save you pain and money in the long run. 

My hardest challenge is to get people to make the change.  I ask them to  humor me and avoid sugar and wheat for just two weeks.  Those who do it notice some change.  Some run with it and make amazing changs in their body (physically and emotionally) and others go back to their way of eating because they are eating for comfort not for nutrition. 

I tell my patients to do the best they can and eat at least 80% whole foods.  If you don’t make good choices one day try to get extra vegetables and water the next day. Don’t beat yourself up but stay the course and be as consistent as possible.  If you have to ask if something is healthy, it most likely isn’t.  Foods made from nature are healthy.  Those made by man aren’t.

Yours in health,

Dr. Wendy

G.E. Moon II April 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

It’s amazing how many foods cause inflammation and how fast our body can react to them.

Great and insightful information, Dr. Wendy.

Kind Regards,

G.E. Moon II

Clare Delaney April 10, 2012 at 4:07 AM

It’s truly amazing what a difference eating whole foods rather than processed can make.

Thanks for the post!

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Lisa Wilcox April 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I have noticed that now that I have eliminated my grains (like those found in breads/oats/pasta) my inflammation pain in my shoulder joints has completely gone away. Plain and simple—

Lisa Wilcox

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