Can you use diet to help eliminate low back pain?
The answer, ABSOLUTELY!
Chronic inflammation is fingered in nearly every condition I see in my Grapevine Chiropractic practice. Neck pain, back pain, headaches, bursitis, sciatica, and every type of tendonitis are the direct or indirect result of inflammation. Removing inflammatory foods from your diet is a great way to supplement the adjustments and exercises we will give you in the office.
If you are trying to tackle inflammation with diet, start these dietary changes immediately;
What is inflammation?
Over time it has became increasingly clear that all chronic diseases originate from internal inflammation that came out of control. Inflammation is the body’s response to injury, as well as to allergy or ongoing stress. These conditions cause the accumulation of toxins that the body cannot get rid of for various reasons, such as weak digestive system or too much load of toxins.
Inflammation is actually a natural protective mechanism and repair of the body intended to overcome tissue injury. In chronic conditions the body keeps trying to turn off the inflammation, but is unsuccessful. Chronic inflammation is one of the reasons for fatigue, poor mood, and even the inability to lose weight. Many diseases show more severe symptoms in the presence of increased inflammation.
The damage caused by inflammation
One explanation is that inflammation causes the process and accelerated aging, as well as increases the risk of coronary diseases, strokes and cancer. The inflammation causes accelerated erosion and rifts within the body by increasing oxidative activity.
The best way to reduce inflammation is through direct treatment to the cause of it: treating the infection, prevention of allergy, breaking the chemical stimulation or removing pressure off the pinched nerve. However when the location of the inflammation is unknown, and in other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), the natural way can help, parallel or not parallel to the conventional treatment, to turn off the inflammation and prevent its recurrence.
Sometimes it is not so simple to find all the causes of inflammation, although it is possible. However it’s simpler to use available foods in every home to reduce inflammation without the heavy price the body pays for prolonged use of drugs.
Which foods to avoid?
1. Foods that trigger allergies
Many of us are allergic to certain foods that provoke severe reactions in our bodys such as intestinal infections, skin problems, or throat irritation, red eyes and more. Even lower levels of allergies, such as lactose intolerance, can cause serious health problems.
There are foods that are known to be common allergens such as dairy products, wheat, eggs and vegetables from the solanaceae family such as tomato, eggplant and pepper. In order to reduce allergy – and hence inflammation – you should try to find in every possible way the food that you are allergic to, and check whether there is a need to eliminate one of the above foods from your menu.
2. Fried foods
Deep fried foods have an appetizing smell, but cause a lot of damage to our body. First, the oil is oxidized at high temperatures and becomes a kind of toxin that need to be removed from the body. Second, it’s usually an oil whose refining process destroyed it, or an oil that is a product of a genetically modified plant. Third, the required heating temperature for frying food destroys all essential nutrients in the oil, so it overloads the elimination system of the body.
3. Industrialized and processed foods
Foods that have been processed and altered their original shape have also lost all the goodness in them. This is food that will not give us what we need from it, and causes us more harm than good. These foods includes snacks, pastries, processed soups and stews, fizzy drinks and more.
How to Reduce Inflammation?
Another way to overcome the increased inflammation in the body is to eat foods that have anti- inflammatory properties, and that slowly suffocate the inflammation. Among these foods are:
1. Coconut Oil
In the past it was thought that coconut oil is harmful to our health because it is polyunsaturated oil. However more recent studies have found a large benefits of coconut oil to the immune system and digestive system. Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids that are easy to digest and use as an energy. It has antibacterial properties that help create a healthy bacterial balance in the digestive system. In addition, coconut oil is not oxidized and destroyed in cooking, unlike other oils, and it even reduces the craving for sweets and carbohydrates. Read here more about the amazing health benefits of coconut oil.
How to consume it? In cooking, baking and even in health drinks. You need to get used to the taste, but it worths the effort. Note that you should buy unrefined cold-pressed oil, which unfortunately is not cheap.
Avocado is a fruit full of healthy oils and is less fattening than liquid oils generously dressed over the salad. Monounsaturated fat, as in avocado, does not increase the level of inflammation in the body like soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil and the like. Avocado is excellent for the blood vessels and helps maintain healthy blood pressure. The addition of avocado to salad, for example, instead of the oil in the dressing, will cause you to feel satisfy faster and reduce the need to binge in the afternoon.
How to consume it? In any way that suits your menu such as in salads or as a spread on the toast. People who are conscious about their weight can consume half an avocado a day.
3. Oily Fish or omega-3
Like the other foods I’ve mentioned so far, this food has a high fat content as well. Most natural oils have anti-inflammatory properties, whereas most common vegetable oils (soybean, corn, sunflower) are often pro inflammatory. Oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that encourage the production of hormones that are very important to relieve painful conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. Fish oil can also reduce the tendency to excessive clotting. Fish is also a good source of selenium, an excellent mineral to strengthen the immune system by encouraging the creation of powerful antioxidant in the body. Read here more about the amazing health benefits of omega-3 fish oil.
How to consume it? Eat salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and anchovies. If necessary, you can take omega 3 supplement and selenium. It is advised to consume marine fish over freshwater fish.
The efficiency of turmeric has been proved in many studies. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin, and it turns out that it has strong anti-inflammatory properties and it also soothes pain naturally. Turmeric has a good effect on the digestive system as well. Turmeric is a versatile spice that is used widely in natural remedies. If you are interested in herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.
How to consume it? Add turmeric to meat, poultry and vegetables dishes, or take a more concentrated form after consultation with a professional health practitioner, in case of severe inflammation.
5. Dark fruit and vegetables
Dark vegetables and fruits, the ones that have dark red or dark purple/blue color, have antioxidant properties that prevent the cumulative damage of excessive oxidation and inflammation in the body. One of the best known antioxidants in this respect are cranberries and cherries (if you eat a lot of them) to alleviate knee pain in rheumatoid arthritis.
How to consume them? Incorporate as much of these foods in your daily diet: blueberries, raspberries, black mulberries, red grapes, cherries, red onion, red cabbage, beets and more. To learn more about the healing properties of berries and how to incorporate them in your daily diet have a look at my e-book The Healing Berry Guide. This e-book will teach you how to transform your health with berries.
This root has significant anti-inflammatory properties and it promotes digestion and soothes colic. Read more about ginger in my article 6 reason to consume ginger for great health.
How to consume it? It is recommended to use the fresh root rather than the powder. Use it in various stews or tea (slice a few thin ginger slices and add a slice of orange, cinnamon stick and honey).
If you deal with inflammation and chronic disease, you may want to learn about the importance of detoxifying your body. Some people believe detox is the key to fight diseases by removing unwanted toxicity from the body so you can digest better and therefore decrease inflammation. If you are interested in detoxifying your body, you can find more useful information in my book The Detox Guide. This guide will teach you how to use detox to cleanse and energize your body:
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