Did you know there is a battle going on right now inside your body? There’s a battle which can determine how you age and even what conditions you are going to be prone to get. It’s all out war on your cells! Are you giving them the weapons to fight back?
So, it stands to reason that slowing down cell turnover is of the utmost importance when it comes to health. But, who’s on the attack and how can we teach our cells some self defense?
Ever play hot potato? Me neither. But, the premise is that you toss a hot potato around until it cools (The amount of boredom this would require in order to appeal to youths must’ve been outstanding). Essentially, this is what Antioxidants do with Free Radicals. They bind to the Free Radicals and “toss” that nasty free electron around until it no longer poses a threat, or “cools off”. Antioxidants protect your cells. Some Antioxidants are made by your body and float in your cells or your blood, patrolling for Free Radical hooligans. Others, you must ingest because your body can’t make them itself. Some vitamins like C and E are Antioxidants. Lions and tigers can make vitamins like “C” from meat. We can’t. The best way to make sure you’re getting all that you need is to take in a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Neglect these two items at your peril. In houses in which plants are NOT involved with every meal, you’ll likely also find heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, early-onset joint arthritis, etc. In fact, for more proof, simply look at regions of the country where diets are primarily meat, bread and cheese. They have higher rates of many of these diseases, and much higher health care costs.
The same nutritional necessities to reduce inflammation, are the same which fight cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and yes, even chronic pain. It’s the essence of the “South Beach Diet” and the “Spectrum Diet” which has been shown to reduce risk for heart attack and stroke. The Spectrum Diet can actually claim to REVERSE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE! Your body needs good oils, lean meats (as wild as possible) and mostly fruits and vegetables. In fact, the earliest record of human beings suggests they received 60% of their calories from plants and 40% from wild game. More on this later…
Ask me how to increase Antioxidants naturally through your diet on your next visit. Antioxidants are as important to your spine as they are to the rest of your body.
IF you have questions regarding low back or neck pain call our office at 623-587-7463 or check us out online.
Dr. Aaron L. Wiegand, DC