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) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic strives to decrease inflammation’s effect on the health of our Augusta chiropractic patients experiencing issues like back pain, headache/migraine, depression and even cognitive issues associated with Alzheimer’s. An anti-inflammatory diet plays a role in this effort.
INFLAMMATION LINKED TO BACK PAIN, DEPRESSION, ALZHEIMER’S…
A systematic review and meta-analysis of current medical studies concerning the role of inflammation and depression discovered that a pro-inflammatory diet was related to a greater risk of depression symptoms and diagnosis compared to 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 saying they have low back pain, too. (3) Links between diet, nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease have been reported. The good news is that nutrition was written to be able to control the immune system and even alter the neuroinflammatory processes related to Alzheimer’s and age-related cognition issues. (4) These descriptions demonstrate just how far-reaching inflammation can be.
Migraine as primary headache is projected to impact 14.4% of people and rated as the largest contributor to disability in people over 50 years of age. Migraine is examined a great deal as to what its mechanism is but still continues to be 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 newer 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, stabilize serotonin, and suppress neuroinflammation. Via inflammation and irregular hypothalamic function, obesity and headaches (including migraines) may be related. The inflammatory link appeared 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 described as helpful. (5) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic knows the power diet and nutrition may have in disease processes like migraine, back pain, depression, and cognition.
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic 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 consist of eating eggs, coffee, tea, fish, lean meat, legumes, honey, vegetables and plain dairy like milk, yogurt, hard cheeses, kefir with limited intake of red meat and other dairy and sugar while avoiding canned/processed food, sweetened drinks, and alcohol. (6) We are confident our chiropractic patients can handle 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 work and how chiropractic care and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may well help.
Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic visit with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. If inflammation has hung around past its good and normal welcome, we can set up a path toward a better anti-inflammatory diet.