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Fort Wayne Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet for Issues like Obesity and Neurodegenerative Diseases and others

Inflammation and pain. Eating and healthy living. Obesity and neurodegenerative disease. These are some combinations! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc welcomes these every day in our Fort Wayne chiropractic practice, explains the connections, and urges the exploration of new and different-to-you approaches to enhance health via nutrition like the Mediterranean diet to manage obesity and neurodegenerative disease.

NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES AND OBESITY

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet for patients with neurodegenerative diseases are just becoming clearer…as are indicators both conditions share like inflammation (which also affects back pain sufferers). Such a diet of natural products providing antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could prevent cell death and even restore function to injured neurons. (1) Neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s and obesity are associated with low grade inflammation leading to issues like neuronal inflammation, brain atrophy and cognitive decline. With obesity affecting almost 30% of people around the world, any connections that can affect inflammation and fight obesity like diet and physical activity are hopeful. (2) We can all appreciate that!

“WHAT CAN I EAT WITH THE  MEDITERRANEAN DIET?”

US News & World Report granted the Mediterranean Diet as the #1 Best Heart-Healthy Diet, Best Diet for Bone and Joint Health, Best Diet for Diabetes and Best Diet for Healthy Eating in 2024. Core foods are plain: fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, herbs, spices, nuts, and healthy fats. (Think: olive oil, avocado oil.) Incorporate fish and seafood twice a week with dairy, eggs, and poultry on occasion. Skip the red meats and sweet goodies except for special occasions. The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid (Think of it as a re-organized USDA food pyramid so many of us remember from years ago.) consists of red wine (in moderation) and water (lots of that!). It also incorporates dining with friends, dancing, exercising, being physically active! (3)  These are the fun activies that make life happy!

PRAISE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Mediterranean diet researchers and supporters list multiple benefits: enhanced brain function, longer life, specific types of cancer prevention, heart disease/high blood pressure/”bad” cholesterol decrease, diabetes security, weight loss/management support, depression deterence, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s prevention, rheumatoid arthritis and eye health improvement, better breathing, improved infertility, healthier babies,  and more!  (3) There is something beneficial for everyone with the Mediterranean diet! Neurodegenerative diseases experience a loss of neuronal structure and function in addition to progressive dysfunction. Neurodegeneration has many different pathological processes that natural products – particularly the ones that have bioactive compounds that are able to cross the blood brain barrier - are important as neuroprotectors. Some such natural products are widely recognized than others: quercetin (green tea, tomato, capers, black and red wine), luteolin, Reservatol (nuts, fruits, grapes), apigenin (flavonoids), genistein (isoflavone), Hesperidin (grapes/citrus), etc. (4) Our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients are manytimes prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, so our back pain patients may also benefit from this kind of low inflammation diet. The Mediterranean Diet offers so much variety of natural goods!

CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox about the role of inflammation in back pain and spine pain and neck pain on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the benefits of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Eating well isn’t that hard and is so good for our Fort Wayne chiropractic friends, especially those fighting a few extra pounds and/or dealing with neurodegeneration-related issues. 

 Fort Wayne chiropractic nutrition tip: try a Mediterranean Diet 
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