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

Inflammation is effective and normal…in certain circumstances like defending a part of the body that is injured or infected. Inflammation is not good...like when it hangs around too long. Inflammation is a cellular level event and may contribute to a multitude of chronic diseases: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, lung, mental, metabolic, neurodegenerative, and more. (1) The Novelli Wellness Center works to decrease inflammation’s influence on the health of our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients dealing with issues like back pain, headache/migraine, depression and even cognitive issues related to 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 current medical studies regarding the role of inflammation and depression reported that a pro-inflammatory diet was related to a higher risk of depression symptoms and diagnosis contrasted with those who ate an anti-inflammatory diet. (2) Another study recommended a connection between low back pain and pro-inflammatory diets as well. A study of 7346 people revealed that those who said they followed a highest inflammatory diet had higher risk of reporting low back pain, too. (3) Links between diet, nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease have been published. The good news is that nutrition was described as being able to regulate the immune system and even alter the neuroinflammatory processes related to Alzheimer’s and age-related cognition issues. (4) These descriptions show just how extensive inflammation can be.

…EVEN MIGRAINE

Migraine as primary headache is estimated to affect 14.4% of people and ranked as the greatest contributor to disability in people over 50 years of age. Migraine is examined a great deal as to what causes it but still remains somewhat of a mystery. Researchers summarized that many factors play a role: vascular function, trigeminovascular pathway activation, pro-inflammatory and oxidative stats may contribute to migraine pain. Studies related 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 improve mitochondrial function and energy metabolism, reduce CGRP (calcitonin gene related peptide) level, balance serotonin, and suppress neuroinflammation. Via inflammation and irregular hypothalamic function, obesity and headaches (migraines too) may be related. The inflammatory link emerged in the published papers. Dietary interventions like the intake of essential fatty acids (decreasing omega-6 and increasing omega-3 which were documented to affect inflammation) were discussed as beneficial. (5) The Novelli Wellness Center knows the power diet and nutrition may have in disease processes like migraine, back pain, depression, and cognition.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

The Novelli Wellness Center also knows many of us do not like the word diet. It often reminds us of things what we can’t eat. 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, honey, vegetables and plain dairy like milk, yogurt, hard cheeses, kefir with limited consumption of red meat and other dairy and sugar while staying away from canned/processed food, sweetened drinks, and alcohol. (6) We are sure our chiropractic patients can manage this type 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 describes how inflammation and the immune system interact and how chiropractic care and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may well help.       

Make your next Buffalo, NY chiropractic visit with The Novelli Wellness Center. If inflammation has overstayed its good and normal welcome, we can set up a path toward a better anti-inflammatory diet. 

 
The Novelli Wellness Center shares 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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