This may seem like a stretch but can the food we eat contribute to the pain in your back? We now know that the food we eat plays a huge role in our health. Yes this seems obvious; after all we are what we eat. But more and more research is showing us that certain foods can either cure or kill us. The problem is with inflammation some foods cause inflammation and some are ant-inflammation foods.
Inflammation is basically the body’s way of protecting tissue by either destroying or walling off the injured tissues. Some of the signs of inflammation are heat, pain, redness and swelling. This swelling can put pressure on body parts such as back nerves and tissues resulting in an aching back. When this inflammation leads to chronic pain we tend to grab some pain pill and or go to the doctor who more than likely will prescribe a stronger pain medicine.
However there is a possible alternative to drugs and all their associated side effects. The alternative is to consume healthy foods. These foods can heal the body and relieve pain instead of causing inflammation. First let us look at the foods to avoid and why. You want to avoid foods that increase blood sugar. Sugar is a well known inflammation causing substance that research has found to be deadlier to the body than fat. So reducing your sugar intake or eliminating sugar altogether will help cure your back pain? The problem is it is not as simple as reducing the amount of sugar you put into your coffee or on your cereal. There are many processed foods from ketchup to bread that contain sugar. Also wheat products even whole wheat breads can significantly increase your blood sugar level. So the bottom line is to avoid all processed foods.
If we are to avoid process foods than the foods we should be eating are unprocessed. Fruits, vegetables and lean protein are far healthier alternatives that do not cause inflammation and in fact can heal the body. One easy way to determine if a food is anti-inflammatory is to check the ingredients ideally it should have just one ingredient. For example the ingredient in an apple should be “apple” and not a long list of chemicals that you cannot pronounce.
To further help you here’s a short list of some anti-inflammation, healing foods.
Wild caught fish: Especially Alaskan Salmon
Fresh Whole Fruits: Especially apples
Nuts and Seeds
Will this change in your eating habits cure your ? Well the only way to find out is to go on an anti-inflammatory diet. Give yourself seven to ten days and keep a daily journal to record how you feel. The only side effects of such a diet are possible weight loss, low blood sugar, clearer skin and more energy to name a few positive benefits. Compare that to the side effects from taking a pain drug and I believe you will decide in favor of eating foods that will reduce inflammation and back pain.