Blueberries, among many others, are one of nature’s perfect anti-inflammatory foods.

Blueberries, among many others, are one of nature’s perfect anti-inflammatory foods.

You certainly know about inflammation when it comes to sprained ankles and other obvious injuries. But you may be less aware of the condition in its chronic form, which could be wreaking havoc on your health without you even knowing it.

We here at Sandstone Chiropractic have seen numerous instances of inflammation, which can be defined as a condition of redness, swelling warmth and pain in response to injury, irritation and infection. It can be going on externally and internally.

When it’s a temporary condition, it’s your body’s way of fending off a sudden injury or infection so it can heal. When it becomes a chronic issue, however, your immune system is mistakenly attacking normal cells, transforming the healing process into a destructive one.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and a host of other health conditions.

So What Can You Do?

Keeping your spine aligned and nervous system in check with regular visits to our Montgomery or Magnolia clinic is one way to help keep chronic inflammation at bay. Another is to pay attention to the foods you eat.

Certain foods are known for contributing to inflammation, while others are credited with fighting it. Inflammation-causing foods include white sugar, white flour, dairy products, alcohol and any food fried in trans-fats.

Inflammation-fighting foods include:

  • Fatty fish
  • Walnuts, cashews, almonds and other nuts
  • Berries
  • Orange and yellow fruits
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Avocados (in small amounts)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ginger, saffron, garlic and turmeric

Combine smart dietary choices with regular chiropractic care and you can outwit the sneaky condition before it can result in long-term health consequences. Call Sandstone or schedule your comprehensive exam with x-rays online.