Using Food to Control Inflammation

By Dr. Roshen Bhunnoo, ND, CISSN

Posted in News & Updates

Today we are back with another informational post from Dynamic Health & Performance's naturopath, Dr. Roshen! Dr. Roshen is a licensed naturopathic doctor who takes great pride in working with his patients to achieve optimal health and wellness, while addressing the root cause of their concerns.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is a vital part of your body’s natural immune response to a perceived threat or injury. It can be identified by symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness, loss of function, skin issues, digestive disturbances, sleep disturbances and headaches. In the short-term, inflammation is important for the healing process to occur. However, if you’re suffering from severe or chronic inflammation, it can start having a negative impact and put you at risk for a number of health conditions.

What foods may play a role in controlling inflammation?

There are a number of strategies that can be beneficial to help reduce inflammation in your body. A great place to start would be exploring the foods that are part your diet. An increased intake of refined carbohydrates, omega-6 fatty acids, alcohol, preservatives and artificial sweeteners, can all contribute to increasing inflammation. Your diet should focus on the consumption of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as plenty of fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, and adequate protein intake. Some of my favorite foods include avocados, berries, kale, lentils, mushrooms, bone broth, chia seeds, and dark chocolate!

Which supplements can help with inflammation?

There are also many natural health products that can directly influence inflammation levels and help with symptom relief. They may also provide additional health benefits such as promoting blood flow, supporting metabolism, and reducing oxidative stress. Some of these supplements include boswellia, turmeric, devil’s claw, olive leaf, fish oil, collagen, zinc, and selenium.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or would like to learn more about natural treatment options – please reach out to our naturopath, Dr. Roshen Bhunnoo! You can contact our front desk at (905) 339-2333 to book an appointment.

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