Using Nutrition to Treat Pain and Inflammation in Encino

Inflammation is one of the most common known causes for back pain. There are plenty of anti-inflammatory foods you can be eating to reduce inflammation and therefore reduce pain. You really can eat your way back to health.

Bright, naturally pigmented foods have been proven to reduce back pain, such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, cherries, berries, grapes, red wine, pomegranate, watermelon and so on. Other highly naturally pigmented vegetables have been shows to reduce inflammation in the spinal column like kale, spinach and broccoli.

Below are some examples of anti-inflammatory foods

- Fatty Fish

- Whole grains

- Dark Leafy Greens

- Nuts

- Soy

- Low-fat Dairy

- Peppers

- Tomatoes

- Beets

- Ginger

- Tumeric

- Garlic

- Onions

- Olive Oil

- Berries

- Cherries

Foods That Increase Inflammation

There are also a number of foods which can disrupt inflammation- such as processed foods, fast foods and saturated fats, which all fuel inflammation.

Caffeine, alcohol, fried foods, sugary drinks and snacks, are all also foods you want to avoid. Or any type of preservative-packed food, so chips, crackers and so forth with a long shelf life.

Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation is all a part of the body’s response to its immune system. We need it to heal, but we also don’t want it to flare up into something more serious like rheumatoid arthritis which can damage the body long term.

Reducing inflammation is also about ensuring your body gets the right nutrients, and that the majority of them come from natural and pure sources. Calcium in particular requires a higher intake as you age because you lose bone density, so making sure your diet includes yogurt, milk and cheese, and leafy greens.

Consult with our Encino nutritionist about a diet plan that can work for you and your areas of pain. Or take your health a step further and consult with a recommended orthopedist from our office who can also better identify what kind of problems you may be facing or could be facing later on. Preventative care is the best medicine for your health!