Grains, pain and inflammation

Grains, pain and inflammation

Speak to your grandparents and ask them what did people die of and they will say old age. Speak to anyone now and ask them if they know someone who died and if so what did they die of they will say : Cancer, diabetes, dementia, alzheimer, dementia, parkinson and the list goes on.

Inflammation is now medically recognised as the start of most medical conditions. Functional medicine, BBC’s –  Dr.Chattergee, plus many other leading speakers and authors are pioneering the way forward with better choices and gut health to prevent inflammation even starting. Even one of my clients is releasing a book on cancer soon and this references our gut bacteria being the start of cancer. So how did all this inflammation come about and are we to partly blame in our food and lifestyle choices?

Drugs only mask inflammation, they do not correct the source. Many pain meds also cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This side effect can prevent long term healing. For example, NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause folic acid and vitamin C deficiency. Both of these vitamins are crucial for the body to be able to repair damaged cartilage, joints, tendons, and ligaments. See the diagram below:


Forms of Arthritis That Benefit With Diet Changes:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Lupus
  • spondyloarthritis
  • psoriatic
  • reactive arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma
  • Myofascitis]
  • Dermatomyositis




Common Foods Associated With Joint Pain, inflammation and arthritis

  • Grain (all grains including wheat, barley, rye, oats, corn, rice, millet, sorghum, etc)
  • Lectins
  • Nightshades (potato, eggplant, tomato, peppers, tobacco)
  • Hydrogenated Fats (hardly a food, but added to a lot of processed food items)
  • Sugar (in all processed forms)
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Soy
  • Peanuts

Grains started with bread thousands of years ago an this was handmade without the use of machines. Significant amounts of scientific research suggests that originally most civilisations actually survived on animal meats along with nuts, seeds and vegetables, bread came later. Most of the animals that we ate were herbivores such as deer. The meat had a condensed nutritional value equalling to one pound of meat to several pounds of vegetables . Such a dense nutritious diet sustained us in winter months.


We then began to farm and there came rise to a progressive increase in highly refined grains. After 130 years of consuming highly processed grains in the forms of bread, pastries and cereals, chronic disease is rampant. The greatest prevalence is in England with thematic disease and we have the highest consumption of white flour, white sugar and tea per capita plus the United states runs a strong second.

Phytic acid is in the bran of all grains an this inhibits the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron ,copper and zinc. The inhibitors can neutralise our own digestive enzymes, resulting in digestive disorders. Complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas are also broken down  during sprouting and a portion of starch in grain is transformed into sugar.

For those of us who can tolerate gluten, whole grain cereals and read are nutritious and provide fibre which aids in detoxification. But processed wheat (which is just bleached white flour) is nutritionally deficient. Levels of zinc, chromium, mangoes , iron and vitamin E are all reduced in processed flour compared to whole grains.

Interestingly some of the staving nations in severe famine declined US grains a steely did little to help the health of the people. Our gut and other organs are linked to our brain. So if you have suffered from any of the following conditions you must look at your inflammation and grain brain a sone of its major contributors.


  • Chronic headaches
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • focus and concentration problems
  • Insomnia
  • Disease associated with inflammation
  • Intestinal problems like celiac, IBS and gluten sensivity
  • memory probes that are a pre cursor to Alzeimers
  • overweight and obesity
  • Tourettes
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety and chronic stress
  • Plus many more

“If you choose to alter your dependency cycle the choice is yours and therefore the power becomes yours”. Emma Lane


‘Grain Brain’ – Dr.David Perlmutter

‘Eat, move and be healthy’ – Paul Chek

About the Author:

Nisha is a certified Chek practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach.Her journey started when a visiting Laban teacher introduced her to Pilates at Dance College during her first year. It's effects were forgotten but she then re discovered Pilates through Michael King eleven years later whilst running her dance school. Her background spans over 25 years with formal training in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, national choreography, stage production and theatre. Her formation includes Pilates, Thai bodywork, Yoga, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and anatomical studies. Her particular interest is fascia, and the connective lines and movement patterns that allow a full moving structure rather than the isolation of bones and muscles. Her fascination with questioning the traditions of modern medicine and fascination with searching for meaningful answers has taken her in many different directions and has offered her an abundance of opportunities gaining a wealth of knowledge. “I tried many movement modalities and extended my search after experiencing fascia, because of its simplicity in movement. Quickly, I noticed my own body changing as well as the bodies of my own clients. In the last 25 years of teaching I’ve developed a workout unique to Yoga Anatomy". Throughout her studies Nisha has done numerous dissections with Julian Baker and Cery Davies and has the opportunity to take lectures and courses from Robert Schleip, Joanne Avisons, Tom Myers, Matt Wallden, Emma Lane, Gary Carter, Paul Chek, Dan Hellman, Peter Blackaby, James de Silva plus many many more Nishas teaching method promotes reflective self-discovery and provides the requirements to integrate a shift in consciousness for attaining individual goals. She maintains that an attitude of compassion, consistency and joyous humor are excellent components to growth and expanded potential. She welcomes all level of movers from the beginner to the seasoned athlete who have a desire to increase their skill potential, also teachers and students. Her specialties include assisting post rehabilitative individuals, injury prevention for dancers and athletes and advanced movement programs.