If someone would have told me in 2010 that my chronic knee pain had nothing to do with my knee and more to do with my gut, I would have called them crazy.
The idea that chronic pain is directly tied to an impaired digestive system can be a tough one to grasp.
When you go to a doctor for knee pain, they examine your knee – not your gut.
It’s pretty common knowledge, but the standard options at this point are typically pain medications, an injection directly to the knee, or a topical anti-inflammatory of some sort.
So, I can see where the idea that pain is tied to the gut seems a little far-fetched.
But, when we look at the body as a whole unit functioning together, it’s much easier to see that localized pain is a representation of the whole body – not just the knee, or the hip, or whatever is hurting you.
Chronic pain (those aches and pains that keep you up at night and prevent you from living the life you’ve dreamed of) is the body’s way of getting our attention. It’s a strong indicator that inflammation is running rampant and a red flag that something needs to change.
But what do we change and where do we start?
It can be really overwhelming to think about, especially when living in a state of daily chronic pain.
Look no further than your diet. It’s the one thing we all have control over and consuming food is the one thing we all do on a daily basis. Changing our diet is one of the most powerful things we can do to decrease inflammation in the body.
This may not only explain why I saw such a huge improvement, but why we see transformation after transformation in our community. I personally tried anti-inflammatory supplements, physical therapy, and light exercise, but the biggest shift came when I focused on changing the food I consumed on a daily basis. [click to continue…]