Clean Eating For Chronic Pain Part One:
Do you want to get fit and healthy, but are afraid due to chronic pain or an old injury that has left you with arthritis and decreased motion? Paddle boarding is a great way to say in shape and have fun. This may be difficult to do if you are someone with chronic pain.
Here is valuable information to help you to reduce your pain. Pain has many degrees, levels, areas, and causes. As a doctor of chiropractic I see a lot of people with chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that can go on for months or years. It may have a known cause, or it may not. Fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis are notoriously difficult to treat, yet are very common in our society.
Fibromyalgia symptoms include muscle and tissue pain, fatigue, depression, and sleep disturbances. Although there isn't a lot of clinical research on fibromyalgia and food, many patients begin to feel better when they change their diet.
I am going to get right to the point and give you my recommendations of what you should be avoiding if you are someone who experiences chronic pain. Even if you don't have chronic pain, you may want to avoid these things just to be healthier.
- Research shows that roughly half of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. You should be eating as many fresh fruits and especially vegetables (devoid of preservatives and additives) as you can each day. If a particular food irritates your bowel it will send a signal to your brain to trigger your fibromyalgia symptoms to flare up. I also recommend if you can, buy organic, especially if you are sensitive to chemicals and pesticides. To find out which fruits and vegetables are sprayed the most go to www.getfitwithdrdawn.com and download my e-book Your Health: Get To The Point.
- Avoid caffeine, many of you may feel fatigued and feel the need to increase your caffeine intake. You may be using this as a tool to stay awake. This will create a vicious cycle, you may end up doing more harm to your body than good in the long run. Think of caffeine as a loan shark for energy. This is not a great combination, you always end up paying back more than you bargained for.
- For those of you that experience joint pain, I recommend you avoid nightshade vegetables, or at least experiment with avoiding them to see if it reduces your pain. These include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. The thought is that they may contain a neurotoxin that may aggravate symptoms in some people.
- Avoid yeast and gluten, gluten is a wheat-based protein and is found in many baked goods. Consuming too much yeast and gluten is thought to contribute to yeast overgrowth, and gluten sensitivities, which can make pain worse. This again goes back to, if a food is affecting your digestion in a negative way the body may react with increased pain.
- If you seem sensitive to dairy simply decrease or eliminate your consumption for a few weeks and then slowly add it back in to see if your symptoms change. Many fibromyalgia patients have shown improvement when they avoid dairy products. There are many wonderful alternatives:try almond,rice or hemp products.
- Cut back on simple carbohydrates. If you want to reduce pain, try to lower simple carbs and reduce or eliminate refined sugar. About 90% of fibromyalgia patients also experience low adrenal function, which can affect how they metabolize carbohydrates. With each meal and snack, try to mix protein, complex carbs, and good fats together. For more nutritional information go to www.getfitwithdrdawn.com and download my new e-book Your Health: Get To The Point.
- Avoid aspartame, aspartame is part a the chemical group called excitotoxins. These toxins can activate neurons that increase your sensitivity to pain.
- Avoid additives like monosodium glutamate(MSG), this is also an excitatory neurotransmitter that may stimulate pain receptors. They use this additive as a flavor enhancer in Chinese food, fast food, and processed packaged junk food. Be sure to read labels.
- Say no to junk food. Avoid or severely limit your intake of refined sugar, caffeine, fried and highly processed foods, avoid vending machines and the drive-through.
I hope this helps stay tuned for my next post on what you should be eating.
To your health,
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