Most people come to see me because they are feeling pain and they’d like it to go away. As I’ve mentioned over the past few months, some of the most effective ways to decrease physical pain include chiropractic adjustments, regular exercise and good posture. Now I’d like to talk about another way to eliminate pain that I believe to be the most important of all:
Stop eating it!
Everyone’s heard that “you are what you eat.” While this statement is profoundly true, what is not so obvious is that pain can be a direct result of eating unhealthy foods. While I have yet to see items at the grocery store called “Pain chips, Discomfort crackers or Inflammation cookies,” there are whole isles of products that should be labeled as such.
In general, any product that comes in a plastic bag or a box (or both) is a “processed food” and is made with some type of vegetable seed oil (safflower, sunflower, corn, soy, Canola). While vegetables are great in their natural state and help to reduce pain when consumed regularly, vegetable seed oils are already rancid when the products hit the shelves and are comprised of Omega 6 fatty acids. The problem with Omega 6 fatty acids is that they are direct precursors to chemicals which cause inflammation and pain in the body and unfortunately, the modern American diet is loaded with them.
There is another ingredient, ubiquitous in processed foods and beyond, that is the undisputed “King of Pain”: refined sugar. While all plant foods contain some form of sugar and it is one of our body’s key energy sources, the problems and pain begin when we eat it in artificially concentrated amounts, isolated from the healthy packaging of water, fiber, and micronutrients that Nature provides. Refined sugar (aka white/brown sugar, maple syrup, agave syrup, corn syrup, honey, raw cane juice crystals, coconut sugar & fruit juice) causes widespread inflammation and pain by destroying essential proteins throughout the body. It melts the immune system and trashes the digestive tract…even if it is “organic.”
If you are in pain or would like to avoid being so, I recommend that you be careful what you eat. There is no treatment more effective or affordable than simply avoiding “painful foods.”
[If you have more questions about the pain content in specific foods, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org]