You’ve probably heard a lot about inflammation and how it isn’t good for you. Left unchecked, inflammation causes damage to your body at a cellular level. Stopping inflammation is important for your health and well-being. Following our stem cell procedure diet is perhaps the most important way you can control your health and reduce your risk of inflammation.
Avoid the following foods, which contribute to inflammation:
Pastas, bagels, breads, crackers, cookies, cakes, or any other white flour-based foods
Sodas, energy drinks, fruit juices (fake), agave, artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose)
Oils: corn, soybean, safflower, vegetable
Dairy products should be limited
Packaged, processed foods are devoid of nutrients and basically a chemical soup. Whether it contains food coloring, preservatives, trans fats, or sugar (and these foods have a ton of sugar in them), processed food isn’t healthy and is one of the greatest driving forces behind illness today.
Lean meat, poultry, fish, and eggs – ideally grass fed or wild caught.
Whole grains, not the processed “white” foods listed above.
Nuts and seeds – including nut butters (natural – not Skippy peanut butter, etc.!)
Vegetables and fruits. Any and all!
Legumes – beans, peas, lentils, etc.
Healthy fats (olive oil, fish oil)
Herbs and spices
Honey and stevia for sweeteners
In a nutshell, eat real food that comes from either a plant or an animal – not a box, wrapper, or can.
If you eat like this – plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy animal products – you won’t have to count calories, sugar, or fat grams. This is how we were designed to eat. It’s really pretty simple. If it grows, eat it.
The more closely a food resembles its original form, the healthier it is. An apple looks exactly the way did on a tree. A steak looks just like the cow it came. Where did the stuff inside a Twinkie grow? Where did all those chemicals come from?
Stick with water, teas, and coffee. A lot of beverages masquerade as healthy drinks, but they are full of sugar like everything else.
Coffee is fine, but don’t fill it with sweeteners (apart from stevia, which is a great herbal sweetener). Sodas, energy drinks, juices, and other sweetened drinks are bad news.
Everyone needs to exercise. Do what you can during your recovery. Getting daily exercise will:
Limit inflammation in your body
Lower blood pressure
Help you lose weight
Put you in a better mood
Keep you young!
The “golden hours” for sleep are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. During these eight hours, your body gets the most restorative sleep. Sleeping eight hours, from say, midnight to 8 a.m. won’t give you the same benefits.
If you aren’t sleeping seven to eight hours a night, or your sleep is disturbed, chances are this is contributing to inflammation in your body as well. Poor sleep can lead to weight gain, insulin resistance and high blood pressure, among other health issues. We release growth hormone during deep sleep, which helps our bodies heal.
Did you know that stress can affect you physically? Too much stress, when not properly dealt with, suppresses part of your immune system, and can lead to increased levels of inflammatory chemicals in your body.
Dealing with stress is important. Exercise and meditation are some of the best ways to relieve stress. Try walking, yoga, riding a bike, or whatever gets your blood moving.
You should not take any anti-inflammatory medications or supplements for seven days before and 14 days after stem cell injection. But when you’re ready, there are many natural anti-inflammatories that don’t have the side effects of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Here are some of the best.
Curcumin (derived from tumeric)
Fish oil/krill oil
Serrapeptase and protease (enzymes)
Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumens)
These can be used alone or in combination. Speak with a qualified health care professional for appropriate dosing and safety with other medications. Be sure to let your doctor know what supplements you are taking.
This information was provided to Premier Regenerative by naturopathic doctor Jason Barker, ND, with Rocky Mountain Natural Medicine. For an individualized analysis of your nutrition, a hormone panel, food allergy testing, or information about a natural approach to medicine, please contact him for an appointment.
Jason Barker, ND
Rocky Mountain Natural Medicine
1103 Oak Park Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80528