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Spine and Back Pain and Depression and Cognition Helped by Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Inflammation is good and normal…in certain circumstances like defending a part of the body that is injured or infected. Inflammation is bad...like when it hangs around too long. Inflammation is a cellular level event and may be a factor in a variety of chronic diseases: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, lung, mental, metabolic, neurodegenerative, and more. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR works to reduce inflammation’s influence on the health of our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients dealing with issues like back pain, headache/migraine, depression and even cognitive issues associated with Alzheimer’s. An anti-inflammatory diet has a role in this effort.

INFLAMMATION LINKED TO BACK PAIN, DEPRESSION, ALZHEIMER’S…

A systematic review and meta-analysis of existing medical studies regarding the role of inflammation and depression discovered that a pro-inflammatory diet was related to a higher risk of depression symptoms and diagnosis compared to those who chose an anti-inflammatory diet. (2) Another study recommended a link between low back pain and pro-inflammatory diets as well. A study of 7346 people described that those who said they followed a highest inflammatory diet had higher risk of saying they have low back pain, too. (3) Connections between diet, nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease have been described. The good news is that nutrition was described as being able to modulate the immune system and even modify the neuroinflammatory processes related to Alzheimer’s and age-related cognition issues. (4) These descriptions show just how far-reaching inflammation can be.

…EVEN MIGRAINE

Migraine as primary headache is projected to affect 14.4% of people and rated as the biggest contributor to disability in people over 50 years of age. Migraine is studied a lot as to what its mechanism is but still remains a bit of a mystery. Researchers summarized that many factors play a role: vascular function, trigeminovascular pathway activation, pro-inflammatory and oxidative stats may add to migraine pain. Studies associating migraine to the role of dietary interventions are few, but a recent data search found that Ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diets, and low glycemic diets may better mitochondrial function and energy metabolism, decrease CGRP (calcitonin gene related peptide) level, balance serotonin, and suppress neuroinflammation. Through inflammation and irregular hypothalamic function, obesity and headaches (including migraines) may be linked. The inflammatory link came out in the published papers. Dietary interventions like the intake of essential fatty acids (reducing omega-6 and increasing omega-3 which were documented to affect inflammation) were described as beneficial. (5) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR understands the power diet and nutrition may have in disease processes like migraine, back pain, depression, and cognition.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR also knows many of us don’t like the word diet. It often brings to mind what we can’t have. A good diet allows a lot of good food though. Basic guidelines for an anti-inflammatory diet design include eating lean meat, eggs, fish, fruit, legumes, coffee, tea, vegetables, honey and plain dairy like milk, yogurt, hard cheeses, kefir with limited intake of red meat and other dairy and sugar while staying away from canned/processed food, sweetened drinks, and alcohol. (6) We are confident our chiropractic patients can manage this kind of diet!

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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains how inflammation and the immune system interact and how chiropractic care and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may well help.       

Schedule your next Colorado Springs chiropractic visit with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR. If inflammation has overstayed its good and normal welcome, let’s set up a path toward a better anti-inflammatory diet. 

 
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR presents new studies about the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diets for back pain sufferers as well as those with depression and cognitive decline issues. 
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