How the food you eat affects how you feel

From Statesman Journal | May 9, 2015

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You’ve heard it a million times — “You are what you eat”.

“We all know that eating nutritiously is important to overall health and well-being. But did you know that what you eat, even if it’s considered healthy, may increase or decrease the pain you feel?

Food has changed a lot since the 1930s and ’40s, when we were an agricultural society. Buying local wasn’t a trendy thing to do; it was a way of life. The food you ate came from your neighborhood, was fresh and consumed right away. Around World War II, the food pendulum shifted significantly when refrigeration and preserving food became the mainstay.

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As mass-manufactured foods increased, so did our aches and pains. Although there is no scientific proof that there’s a connection between the two, many experts agree that some correlation exists.

We’re starting to shift the pendulum back and seeing an increased demand for locally grown and organic foods. Elimination diets — such as gluten-free, low- or no-carbohydrate, raw food and juice cleanses — have emerged as ways to lose weight and restore a healthy balance.

There are countless diets and nutrition plans out there, and it may be overwhelming to decide what’s best. If you’re feeling tired or swollen or experiencing aches and pains not associated with an injury, try changing the way you eat and see whether your symptoms improve. Consider these options.

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