Spine and Back Pain and Depression and Cognition Helped by Anti-Inflammatory Diet08/09/2022Inflammation is good and normal…in certain circumstances like defending a part of the body that is injured or infected. Inflammation is not beneficial...like when it hangs around too long. Inflammation is a cellular level event and may be a factor in a multitude of chronic diseases: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, lung, mental, metabolic, neurodegenerative, and more. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc works to lessen inflammation’s impact on the health of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients dealing with 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 existing medical studies regarding the role of inflammation and depression found that a pro-inflammatory diet was associated with a higher risk of depression symptoms and diagnosis compared to those who chose an anti-inflammatory diet. (2) Another study recommended a link between low back pain and pro-inflammatory diets as well. A study of 7346 people revealed that those reporting the 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 published. The good news is that nutrition was written to be 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 impact 14.4% of people and ranked as the greatest contributor to disability in people over 50 years of age. Migraine is studied a great deal as to what its mechanism is but still remains somewhat of a mystery. Researchers summarized that many factors are involved: vascular function, trigeminovascular pathway activation, pro-inflammatory and oxidative stats may impact migraine pain. Studies associating migraine to the role of dietary interventions are not many, but a newer data search found that Ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diets, and low glycemic diets may better mitochondrial function and energy metabolism, reduce CGRP (calcitonin gene related peptide) level, stabilize serotonin, and subdue neuroinflammation. Via inflammation and irregular hypothalamic function, obesity and headaches (migraines too) may be related. The inflammatory link appeared in the published papers. Dietary interventions like the intake of essential fatty acids (reducing omega-6 and boosting omega-3 which were documented to affect inflammation) were discussed as beneficial. (5) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc understands the power diet and nutrition may have in disease issues like migraine, back pain, depression, and cognition. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc also knows many of us don’t 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, 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 handle this kind of diet! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 interact and how chiropractic care and the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management may be beneficial. Make your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. If inflammation has hung around past its good and normal welcome, let’s talk about taking some steps toward a better anti-inflammatory diet. « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."