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How the food you eat can contribute to your pain

September 1st, 2020
Foods That Cause Inflammation

Do you have long-lasting pain and stiffness that seems to never go away? This makes it difficult for you to enjoy your daily life or get your work done. Pain can occur for a number of different reasons, but usually, it has something to do with inflammation in your body.

Inflammation is your body’s way of responding to a perceived threat. While inflammation does serve its purposes when you need to heal from an injury, chronic inflammation is something you should work on decreasing. One of the best places to get started is your diet.

Foods that make inflammation worse

Certain foods contain properties that encourage the development of inflammation. Usually, these foods are sugary, fried or processed. You should try to reduce or eliminate these foods from your diet to help prevent inflammation and pain: 

  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweeteners with aspartame
  • Saturated fats and trans fats
  • Caffeine
  • Nightshade vegetables, such as potatoes
  • White bread
  • Red meat

Foods that fight inflammation

It follows that as some foods make inflammation worse, there are others that help fight inflammation. Include more of these foods in your diet to help reduce and prevent inflammation:

  • Lean protein, such as fish or poultry
  • Unsaturated fats, such as olive oil
  • Fresh greens, fruits and colorful vegetables
  • Greek yogurt
  • Turmeric

VIsit Rehab Access for chronic pain treatment

Are you tired of living with chronic pain that affects your daily life? Fighting inflammation by changing your diet is a great place to get started, but you might need more help than that. At Rehab Access, our physical therapists can examine your condition and provide a personalized treatment routine to help you reach your recovery goals.

The treatments we use vary depending on your unique needs but usually include:

  • Gentle stretches and exercises
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Joint mobilization
  • Posture guidance and more

Are you ready to stop living in pain and take action to treat and prevent it? Our team is ready to help. Contact our team today for more information about chronic pain treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.