How Anti Inflammatory Diet Can Help Relieve Chronic Pain
Diseases Connected to Inflammation
Many diseases that run rampant in the United States and around the world have ties to inflammation. They include chronic problems like diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer. Depression and Alzheimer’s also have connections to inflammation.
Research shows that diets that mimic the “Mediterranean Diet” can help improve the quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The diet includes foods like olive oil, tomatoes, olives,and flax seeds. The subjects in th study reported feeling better while removing foods that cause inflammation and replacing them with anti-inflammatory foods.
Anti-inflammatory foods have natural antioxidants and polyphenols, which are found in plants.
How Do Anti-Inflammatory Foods Help
Working with Chiropractors for Nutritional Counseling
To benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties in these healthy foods, it can be helpful to work with a chiropractor. They can provide nutritional counseling to help them find the best foods to remedy their problems. Research found that diet and inflammation rests in what is called the “innate immune system” or “silent inflammation.” Diet changes have increased inflammation, so diet changes can also remedy the problem.
In the same study, researchers found obesity can speed up chronic diseases, which includes chronic pain. So, when removing highly refined carbohydrates and other inflammatory foods, obesity decreases and so does pain. Chiropractors can help people who want to see a difference in their lives eat the right foods for their problems.
It is appropriate for chiropractors to offer nutritional counseling to reduce pain caused by inflammation. The inflammatory response can affect the central nervous system, which can cause the body to respond in a variety of ways. Research found that when the central nervous system is attacked by inflammation, the body experiences fatigue, depression, nerve pain, and fever.
The same research found that diet in isolation will not cure inflammation. Diet needs to be combined with a holistic approach that also involves dietary patterns, lifestyle changes, and knowledge of genetic makeup. Patients with chronic pain need to start somewhere, and dietary changes are one way to target inflammation and reduce pain.
The body is complicated as many systems are interconnected. Eating a diet rich in real foods, especially in the Mediterranean Diet, is helpful in reducing pain in people who suffer from chronic inflammation.
About Dr. Brent Wells
Dr. Brent Wells is a graduate of the University of Nevada where he earned his bachelor of science degree before moving on to complete his doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in 1998. He became passionate about being in the chiropractic field after his own experiences with hurried, unprofessional healthcare providers. The goal for Dr. Wells is to treat his patients with care and compassion while providing them with a better quality of life through his professional treatment.