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 persists too long. Inflammation is a cellular level event and may contribute to a variety of chronic diseases: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, lung, mental, metabolic, neurodegenerative, and more. (1) Cross Chiropractic Center strives to decrease inflammation’s effect on the health of our Sandy Springs 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 existing medical studies concerning the role of inflammation and depression discovered that a pro-inflammatory diet was associated with a greater risk of depression symptoms and diagnosis contrasted with those who ate an anti-inflammatory diet. (2) Another study suggested a link 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 reported. The good news is that nutrition was described as being able to modulate the immune system and even alter 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 estimated to affect 14.4% of people and ranked as the biggest contributor to disability in people over 50 years of age. Migraine is studied 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 impact migraine pain. Studies related to the role of dietary interventions are not many, but a recent data search found that Ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diets, and low glycemic diets may improve mitochondrial function and energy metabolism, decrease CGRP (calcitonin gene related peptide) level, balance serotonin, and subdue neuroinflammation. Via inflammation and irregular hypothalamic function, obesity and headaches (migraines too) may be linked. The inflammatory link emerged in the published papers. Dietary interventions like supplementing with essential fatty acids (reducing omega-6 and boosting omega-3 which were documented to affect inflammation) were discussed as beneficial. (5) Cross Chiropractic Center understands the power diet and nutrition may have in disease issues like migraine, back pain, depression, and cognition.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

Cross Chiropractic Center also knows many of us do not 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 consist of eating eggs, coffee, tea, fish, lean meat, legumes, vegetables, honey 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 Sandy Springs chiropractic visit with Cross Chiropractic Center. If inflammation has overstayed its good and normal welcome, let’s set up a path toward a better anti-inflammatory diet. 

 
Cross Chiropractic Center 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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