While we focus on treating the physical body in our office, wellness starts with what you’re putting into your body. Dr. Mike Branitski has compiled a list of nutrition easy nutrition tips to help you make better food choices!
What should you look for on food labels?
Processed foods are riddled with ingredients that can be potentially harmful. The top offenders that I watch out for are: Nitrates and Nitrites, Carrageenan, Natural Flavoring (often a hidden name for MSG), Artificial Flavoring and sweeteners. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, chances are it’s not good for you. Take the time to look it up before putting it into your body.
How much sugar is too much?
When gauging sugar amounts we suggest using the “sugar cube” trick. A sugar cube has 4 grams of sugar. A can of coke, for example, has 39 grams of sugar, or 10 sugar cubes. If you saw 10 sugar cubes in a bowl, you probably wouldn’t eat all 10. But when they are hidden in your food, you don’t give it a second though. We suggest keeping sugar content to 10 grams or less per serving.
What are probiotics and why should I eat them?
Probiotics are defined as a microorganism (such as lactobacillus) that when consumed (as in a food or a dietary supplement) maintains or restores beneficial bacteria to the digestive tract. Our intestines have a symbiotic relationship of “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria. If that balance becomes dominated by “bad” bacteria, serious health complications can start to manifest. Try to include more foods with good bacteria in your diet. Examples of foods containing these beneficial probiotics are: yogurt, kefir, saurkraut, kimchi, pickles, and kombucha.
How is my diet connected to inflammation that leads to pain?
The SAD (standard American diet) is a huge offender of causing inflammation in the body and inflammation is the root of all disease. Because of the, we recommended following a diet that combats inflammation. This is one reason some people choose to eat paleo. By eliminating grains, legumes (beans and peanuts), sugar and most dairy you are avoiding foods that have been shown to cause inflammation. A diet with high-quality protein choices, rich in healthy fats, limited in seeds, nuts and fruits will provide the nutrients you need while avoiding any negative side effects.