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Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food"

During my run at the gym my eyes wandered across the plama screen t.v.s until they came upon a commercial. In the commercial there's a teacher with a class of students behind her walking up steps and down halls and such. Four times durig the commercial, the teacher busts out her bottle of pills and pops away until another teacher hands her a different bottle of pills and she smiles. The commercial then cuts to her looking all satisfied and confident. Seriously? How many pills is that? I thought, well maybe that's an exaggeration, and then I thought again to something more scary. Is this the norm? Do people in America pop a pill everytime they have an ache?

Back in February, I sprained my MCL on my left knee. It sucked really bad. I was in the middle of jamming possibly the best game I've ever played, and then it came WHAM, WHAM, WHAM, and on that third powerful hit, I went down. The newspaper quoted my non-epic words, "I fell down kind of froggy-style on the inside of my knee." That's me in the picture to the right FYI.

I did fall and it took a while for me to bounce back and my knee hurt for a while. I did yoga, took my Omega supplements, started keeping up with my MSM, glucosamine, and Chondriton supplements and the pain was reduced. I also noticed that eating lots of vegetable and staying away from processed foods not only gave me the vitamins and minerals I needed to heal quicker, but they also reduced inflammation and PAIN! That's right. If you're in constant pain, I suggest you keep a food log to see what you may be putting in your body to either cause pain or exacerbate any injuries. Night shade vegetables (tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggplant, garlic etc.), gluten, dairy, and highly acidic foods such as coffee or soda could be the culprits behind your joint pain.

So to that teacher in the commercial, put down the OTCs, grab a green drink and set a better example for the children.