If you have joint pain such as arthritis or suffer from an autoimmune disease, choosing the right foods can positively impact your health. As a result of making healthy food and lifestyle choices, many of our patients lose weight and see a reduction in their joint pain or generalized inflammation secondary to autoimmune diseases.
Chronic inflammation, pain and autoimmune disease can cause changes in how we crave, metabolize and digest foods. We can improve many symptoms using food as medicine. The trick is knowing what foods are beneficial and which are potentially harmful.
For example, we know that pain may disrupt a hormone called leptin, which is responsible for sending a signal to tell us when we are hungry or full. Without the proper signaling, our appetites increase, as do our cravings for carbohydrates. Cravings for “comfort foods” are often hormonally driven and can be effectively treated.
At Pounds Transformation, we understand that food can be as important, and in some cases more important, than the medications many people are taking to control their pain. We can help.