Nutrition, Fascia / Joint Health & Well-being
Over the past several years, it has become increasingly clear to me that chronic inflammation in the human body significantly affects the quality of fascial tissue and joint health. At the Fifth International Fascia Research Congress (2018 Berlin, DE) this theme was present in many of the speaker’s presentations. Prolonged inflammatory response is not healthy unless in direct and short-term response to injury.
Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. It is the body’s way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. Without inflammation as a physiological response, wounds would fester, and infections could become deadly. However, if the inflammatory process goes on for too long or if the inflammatory response occurs in places where it is not needed, it can become problematic. Chronic inflammation has been linked to certain diseases such as heart disease or stroke, and may also lead to autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. (LiveScience.com)
Increasingly, people seem to be suffering from chronic inflammation-related symptoms. Several years of observation in my practice has convinced me that chronic inflammation is closely related to nutrition surprisingly, often in people that take great care with what they eat. While this link to diet was commonly agreed to by the speakers at the Fifth Fascia Congress, the scientific research establishing a clear cause-and-effect is not yet definitive. However, evidence increasingly supports a strong link between nutrition and chronic inflammation.
Since 2018, I have shared my observations with several clients who have reported benefiting from the information that I put together. Below, I have updated this information with what I have learned through the Summer of this year. This information is a resource to help guide clients exploring how nutrition might be affecting their well-being.
» A good starting point is eliminating sugars, especially fructose. Alcoholic beverages need to be included in this group as they break down into sugar as well. To improve your immune system, this is a big first step.
» Learn that there are plant-based toxins that can cause serious problems. This video by Dr. Eric Berg, DC provides an overview of several toxins groups found in plant-based diets with related health symptoms.
Clearly, this applies to all diets and anyone consuming plant-based foods: fruits, nuts, grains, vegetables, salads, etc. especially vegetarians and vegans.
» Learn if you are sensitive to the Nightshade family of plants. Further information here on this common group of foods we eat. Sensitivity changes during our lifetime with children and senior adults being more vulnerable.
» Be aware of foods that are high in Oxalates (Oxalic Acid). Oxalates bind with calcium and can accumulate in the body causing kidney stones, inflammation, arthritis and depleting calcium that can lead to osteoporosis. Oxalates also cause stiffness / irritation of joints, toes and the bottom of the feet. A reference to the “oxalate-load” in foods can be found here. Interview with Dr. William Shaw and further information here.
The work of the following two doctors provide much more detail on nutrition, diet and the link to chronic inflammation in their books noted below. The first, Dr. Dale Bredesen, from experience treating Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and the second, Dr. Stephen Gundry, from treating Cardiovascular / Inflammation-based diseases.
Dr. Dale Bredesen wrote (available in Dutch):
“The End of Alzheimer’s: The first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline.”
Dr. Steven Gundry wrote (available in Dutch):
“The Plant Paradox: the hidden dangers in healthy foods that cause disease and weight gain.”
Dr. Gundry provides an explanation for what creates the conditions both authors are resolving through nutrition here. To summarize, the health of your intestines is essential to avoiding chronic low-level inflammation, and a type of protein – lectins (gluten is one well-known example), is directly involved in damaging intestinal health.
While I recommend the books above, you can get a much shorter introduction to these concepts by visiting the following websites and watching the following videos:
Dr. Gundry – Plant Paradox:
Dr. Bredesen – End of Alzheimer’s:
Gundry on Lectins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luna9RQsL1E
Gundry and Bredesen on Nutrition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6lkRXaQKwk
Gundry and Mercola on Nutrition/Lectins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgImyfAvVyM
It is my hope that sharing this information with you, proves of value to some of you… Best wishes for a healthier diet and improved well-being!