Reduce Inflammatory Foods.
These include most animal products, including meat, fowl, fish, and dairy. I understand this might take some getting used to. You don’t necessarily have to stop eating all meat, but at least start by making it a side to a main course of plant-based foods. To begin with, try cutting animal products by at least half. Also reduce processed foods, such as food made from flour or milled grains; once metabolized, they quickly become sugar and, in excess, are stored as fat, which contributes significantly to inflammation. Alcohol is also inflammatory and should be limited, as are foods that contain a lot of simple sugar, even if they are natural and whole, such as large quantities of fruit in one sitting.
Even diet beverages or foods with artificial sweeteners can be infl ammatory. The phosphoric acid in carbonated beverages promotes infl ammation by adding acid to your system. The same can be said for excess protein in general, which is another reason why large quantities of animal products are problematic. Then there are foods that you might have a particular sensitivity to, whether you’re truly allergic or not. In either case, your immune system reacts to some element in these foods, producing damaging free radicals and other infl ammatory molecules. Common foods that do this are wheat, dairy, soy, nuts, and chocolate. If you continue to consume the foods to which you are sensitive, in a way you’re saying “I want to be in pain,” which I know is not really true. You just need better information and better guidance to see how important all this is. The fact is, you can’t expect to avoid infl ammatory symptoms like pain if you keep putting into your body the things that cause painful inflammation.