Are you eating inflammatory foods? Food for thought!

food-sensitivitySo I dropped my boys off at daycare the other day.  It was an early morning for my toddler and infant so I didn’t have time for them to sit down and eat breakfast at the table so I sent their food in with them to eat at daycare.  I forgot that one of the breakfast snacks I left had peanuts in it.  I left the daycare pretty quick that day and the teacher did not have time to find the error and send me back out the door with the contraband.  When I came back later that evening to pick up my son there was a friendly reminder posted on the door as follows; To All: Please remember this is a peanut free zone.  This was obviously intended for me to see since I made the mistake earlier that morning.  I tucked my tail between my legs and walked out knowing then the mistake I had made.

Recently, a study reported that giving peanut butter to some children early may help prevent a peanut allergy.[1]  Generally, peanuts are one of the top food allergens in the United States according to the Food and Drug Administration [2]. Others topping the list include dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, shellfish, and even other varieties of fish.  With such serious consequences that some of these foods can have for children like anaphylaxis, it is likely that most of you reading this blog have heard of the threat that food holds.  I share this example not for entertainment, but for enlightenment.  It just really goes to show the power of foods and the effects it can have on the body.  Certain foods are lethal for some affected with true allergies.  But what if I was to ask you to define an “inflammatory food,” would you be able to answer?  My education and research about the effects of food on the body began in high school when I had my first lesson in inflammatory foods due to those darn school lunches!  That was the first thing ever to give me heartburn, which was signaling my body to tell me what I ate was inflammatory to my digestive tract.

What is inflammatory for one person may not be inflammatory for another.  This highlights how all of us are very unique and special in our own ways. I have practiced now for 6 years and have “mixed” (joke for my colleagues reading this – you know who you are) in nutritional support for my patients and dietary recommendations to follow.  I have been so excited to watch the success patients have by eliminating these “inflammatory” foods from their diet.    Diet and nutritional supplements played a large part in this success in addition to a physical and mental health plan.  At the end of the day, it is the synergistic effect of all the recommendations made under my chiropractic scope of practice that ultimately allows the life forces to generate greater magnitude.

So what is an inflammatory food??  I would like to clarify what I consider inflammatory foods based on my clinical ability and professional opinion.  For the most part, I follow the lead of the United States FDA.  This is a good place to start because these foods are bold-faced at the end of the ingredient labels on anything packaged. Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, tomatoes, and peanuts are a good starting point.   This is what I consider the “introductory” inflammatory foods.  I would definitely expand the list if you really wanted to sit down with me and discuss food topics as I could talk hours about a variety of reasons why certain foods are good or bad for you.  But, my intention today is to make you think a little differently about the power of food.  After all, we eat it every day, and we know that it is going to affect how we function.

So what I want you to do next time you are reading that food ingredients on the back of your favorite food product at the grocery store, skim all the way to the end of the list and look for any bold-faced ingredients.  Those ingredients are generally inflammatory.  To find out if these foods might be inflammatory to you, see your functional medicine doctor and get tested!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Andrew J Kender III, DC
January 18, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Chiropractic Physicians

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What Foods Are Inflaming You? 2 Ways to Find Out!

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Your Favorite Food (Even Healthy Food) May Be Causing Inflammation in Your Body!

If you would have asked me 20 years ago what an inflammatory food was you would have probably gotten a look that resembled a deer in head lights.  I didn’t know anything about natural medicine or how foods affect the body, but I was slowly starting to realize a cause and effect relationship with foods and my body.  I was a sophomore in high school when I first experienced heartburn.  It was at that time when I first started noticing that after I ate school lunches that I would get a burning in my chest.  It was also the time that the drug companies were starting to fill the airwaves with drug commercials telling you that the answer is to take just one pill per day and I would never have the symptoms and would live a healthy life with no problems.  So what did I do?  I made an appointment with my MD and sure enough he prescribed the little purple pill that I saw on TV and BAM!!! My heartburn was gone!!  At least I thought…

So as time went on, I graduated high school and went on to college and continued to live the same lifestyle.  I was as active as you could be, playing sports and eating anything I could get my hands on (as any good college student does) because I didn’t think anything of it.  If I got heart burn I would just pop a little purple pill and my stomach and esophagus would settle.  Well that lasted until I was about 22 years old.  I would get flared up from certain foods and next thing I was taking two purple pills to make my esophagus feel better.  I had isolated what foods and events were triggering me to have this discomfort and that is about the time I started to wise up, I just stopped eating those trigger foods and my heartburn stopped.

I like to share this story because it is one of the personal examples of how I began to figure out which foods were the ones to eat for optimal health.  You must listen to your body when it comes to foods.  If a food flares you up in one way or another, it is best to avoid that food and let at least six months pass before considering introducing that food back into your diet.

Foods may not always exacerbate a symptom that you can feel but they may trigger other unwanted responses in the body.  Most often that negative response deals with the immune system. Foods are inflammatory in two ways: (1) flare your immune system; or (2) flare up various tissues in your body.   [Click to Tweet] Here are 2 ways to find out if what you are eating is causing inflammation in your body.

  1. Food Sensitivity Testing.

I have had multiple patients come into the office that have never noticed any reactions to a food but when we do food sensitivity testing, the results show that the are sensitive to 10 different foods.  Food sensitivity testing can tell you if a certain food flares up your immune system.  [Click to Tweet]  Foods can often mimic other natural chemicals in your body and bind up receptor sites that aren’t really meant for them.  This can cause a response in the body that excites the immune system and can ultimately lead to inflammation of a variety of tissues.  In this case you must test and not guess.  Otherwise, you will never know if a food is flaring up your immune system.

This is different from my example where I would eat a food and it would make my esophagus burn.  It was often highly acidic foods that would upset my esophagus.  Many patients in the past have reported foods giving them brain fog, gas, bloating, or even headaches.  When foods trigger negative side effects, then they are inflammatory and you must avoid them to allow the body time to heal.  A great case I had helps explain how one food is inflammatory to digestive tissue but not inflammatory to the immune system.  I had a 14-year-old female present with lactose intolerance and other digestive ailments.  We did a full work up on her and decided on a complete food sensitivity panel to help figure out foods would be best for her.  Sure enough, she did not have an immune sensitivity to dairy but she still could not eat dairy because the lactose in dairy products caused her stomach to hurt and give her loose bowel movements.  So in her case the dairy made her digestive cells irritated but did not cause an immune reaction.

2. Muscle Testing.

Another practice to find out if a food is causing inflammation in the body is to have a qualified practitioner muscle test you for certain foods or food groups.  Muscle testing dates back to ancient times and various practitioners around the world us it to help heal those they are testing.   You can tell you whether or not a food energetically is the best for you to eat by holding a certain food and performing a muscle test. [Click to Tweet] Muscle testing is performed on almost anyone, even infants, and is an effective method of analysis for natural healers alike.

If you or anyone you know has any doubts in their mind about the foods they are eating, have them read this blog and consider the options to figure out which foods are the best to put in their body.  Should you not know where to get tested for food sensitivities or if you have any questions, then comment to this blog and I can point you in the right direction or bring you in to see me!

Dr. Andrew Kender III DC
February 14, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. UngarDr. Andrew Kender and Dr. Jessica Eckman Chiropractic Physicians

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