When food causes you pain

Choosing natural, colorful foods can help you avoid painful inflammation, nutritionist Julie Daniluk says.

Story highlights

  • Julie Daniluk says a healthy eating plan can heal and prevent chronic inflammation
  • She says to ditch processed sugars, high-glycemic starches that can set off inflammation
  • Daniluk: Fruits and veggies are must-haves, but don't forget about lean protein and good fat
Everyone has felt the agony of overeating. But could your diet really be the culprit of arthritis, muscle pain, asthma and skin disorders as well?
Scientists are making a strong link between our food choices and pain.
About 70% of our immune cells are in our digestive system, making direct contact with the food we enjoy every day. If the immune system is triggered by bacteria in food, or flags a food as an allergen, or has an imbalance of important hormones such as insulin, it can set off the red alert of inflammation.
For example, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, which causes pain, overheating, redness and swelling.
Julie Daniluk
While inflammation is an important part of the body's healing process, chronic inflammation is at the root of many deadly diseases. The great news is that we can completely heal and prevent chronic inflammation with an eating plan.
The solution to pain is choosing to support your immune system with your next meal.
Here are five powerful ways to reduce inflammation: