Inflammation is the body’s defense against a perceived threat. The purpose is to destroy the offending agent and contain damage to the injured tissue. Inflammation can be from an old sports injury, poor dietary choices, infections, environmental allergies, and even food intolerances. It is also a major contributor to the accumulation of plaque that clogs our arteries.
Do you have inflammation?
It can be hard to determine if you are at risk because the signs of inflammation tend to be vague. Common symptoms include joint pain, abdominal bloating, weight gain, diarrhea, constipation, gas, skin trouble, headaches, low energy and even depression. So many of us struggle through the day in discomfort thinking it may be normal or simply due to aging.
Pain is never normal. Naturopathic Doctors can help.
Is your diet to blame?
More than half of North Americans have a food intolerance that they have not yet identified. That is a huge amount of bloated people living in pain!
Your body may be unhappy with the meals you have been eating, but may not let you know about it for up to three days. This is called delayed hypersensitivity. The lag time in your symptoms can make it even more difficult to identify the offending agent.
There are several ways to determine which food is the culprit. An elimination diet or blood tests can be prescribed by your Naturopathic Doctor in order to discover the inflammatory agent. Once found, the intolerant food can be avoided for a period of time then gradually re-introduced. Often this treats the intolerance long-term, and life can go on without discomfort.
Anti-inflammatory diets and lifestyle practices can be put into effect quickly and easily in order to improve your quality of life. Call a Naturopathic Doctor for an inflammatory evaluation today!
Melissa Piercell, BScH, ND
Nutrition House – TD Centre
66 Wellington St. West
Toronto, ON, M5K 1G8