How I Eliminated my Chronic Inflammation
Posted on August 15, 2012
In this article, I am going to tell you about how my chronic inflammation finally forced me to frantically search to find a natural solution AFTER my doctor had nothing but pills to offer me. This search led me to change my diet and get results quicker than I ever thought possible.
I used to have chronic inflammation in my midsection. It was so bad that it was causing a lot of lower back pain. It was to the point where it was really affecting my quality of life. I was hunched over, unable to work out or even walk without extreme discomfort. At the time, I also developed symptoms that I thought were a urinary tract infection. I had a lot of trouble urinating and a lot of discomfort associated with that.
So, I went to see my doctor thinking that maybe I had an infection and I could get on some antibiotics to fix it. Well, the test came back negative for infection and the doctor suggested that my symptoms may be caused by inflammation. He prescribed a heavy dose of ibuprofen for 7-10 days to see if that helped. Well, it did help the inflammation some, but it really threw me for a loop. My stomach was aching, I had no energy and just felt like crap.
At the same time, I was frantically researching and trying to figure out what I could do to reduce inflammation naturally. The answer came after a week of being on 12+ Advil’s a day! I was ready to try something new!
What I discovered is that the typical american diet is full of processed foods that our body was simply not designed to consume. Eating too many processed foods and not enough natural foods can cause too much acidity in our blood. This in turn can lead to a whole host of health issues, including inflammation. I was determined to, right then and there, stop taking the Advil and start doing whatever I needed to do to get better.
I decided to pick up an ebook by a respected holistic nutritional expert, Yuri Elkaim, that promised a plan for changing my diet and my life. This book is called Eating for Energy
I absolutely devoured this book and immediately put the plan into action. One of the great things about Yuri is that he is very practical. The book encouraged me to take steps in the right direction even if I couldn’t or didn’t want to do everything in the plan. This is refreshing because sometimes authors can be so sold on their “plan” that they have an all or nothing mentality. This flexibility came across in Yuri’s 80% solution. Basically, if you still have certain foods that you enjoy and don’t want to give up, then just eat healthy 80% of the time and then enjoy some of the “bad” foods that you really enjoy without guilt!
A couple of final points I would like to make about this book that changed my life. First, Yuri does a great job of explaining the scientific basis for everything he recommends. There is a lot of detail and evidence to support his plan. Next, this is NOT a diet per se. This is a lifestyle change. I have not starved myself or been hungry at all since I changed. In fact, I eat a lot of food and I enjoy it. I just eat more of the right things now.
In conclusion, If you are having problems with inflammation or your energy level is not what you want it to be, I would highly recommend that you check out Eating for Energy. Within a week of implementing Yuri’s recommended changes, my inflammation was gone and I had more energy without caffeine than I ever did when I was drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day! Oh, and did I mention, I also lost 13 pounds of fat in 1 month!