Tired of taking NSAIDs like Ibuprofen?The amount of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen, and prescribed anti-inflammatory medications taken in the United States is continually increasing every day. So much that kidney complications have climbed higher in response to these drugs.
According to uptodate.com, “an increased risk of acute kidney injury within 30 days of NSAID initiation was noted”. The study also found a correlation between hospitalizations with a diagnosis of acute kidney injury with the usage of NSAIDS. What other options are there?
Most people do not realize that many diseases and ailments are caused or promoted by inflammation. Anti-inflammatory nutrition is very effective in decreasing chronic pain. It can be used to help control headaches, neck and back pain, general muscle and joint soreness and conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, syndrome X, diabetes, heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease.
So what is anti-inflammatory nutrition? Anti-inflammatory nutrition is incorporating foods into ones diet that have anti-inflammatory properties. By adding these foods and limiting inflammatory foods, one can decrease the inflammatory process in their body and therefore decreased the aches and pains associated. Yes, the inflammatory process is important in healing, but if one is dealing with these conditions or issues listed above, then they are experiencing chronic inflammation.
To incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet into your lifestyle, one must first know which foods stimulate inflammation. All grains and grain products, trans fats, sodas, sugar, and nearly all packaged foods. These items make up the majority of the classic American diet. To decrease inflammation you do not have to cut out all grains but balance this choice via ingesting more anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatory foods are fruits and vegetables, many types of fish, grass fed meats, omega-3, raw nuts, dark chocolate, and spices (such as turmeric, garlic, and ginger).
You must ask yourself how much inflammation you are exposing yourself to when you plan a meal for yourself and/or your family. Instead of spaghetti with meat sauce, you can cook gluten free noodles or spaghetti squash and add sautéed onions, garlic, and sweet peppers to a lean meat sauce. Instead of buying HIGH inflammatory dressings at your local store try making your own with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar (or lemon juice), mustard if you like, and spices (Greek, Italian, ginger, dill, oregano) to taste. Choose snacks such as fruit smoothies, raw nuts or dark chocolate and skip the soda and have water or green tea.
Breakfast: Try omega-3 eggs with sautéed potatoes and veggies, granola with fruit and yogurt or almond milk.
Lunch/Dinner: Chicken salads with homemade dressing, lean steak with sautéed potatoes, or pizza with gluten free crust, fresh tomatoes and your favorite vegetable toppings.
This type of lifestyle change seems tough at first, but there are many anti-inflammatory foods available to us and many good cook books to help you along your way.
To learn more information on various inflammatory disease and which foods are inflammatory versus those that aren’t, please visit www.deflame.com .
Yours in your best health,
Dr. Justin Hildebrand