Does what I eat have anything to do with my chronic back pain?
And my answer is always the same...YES
The typical American diet is loaded with sugar and fat, which is why such a large part of our population is overweight and obese. These extra pounds can put extra weight on the spinal joints and discs, leading to degenerative disc disease, spinal degeneration, and herniated discs...the primary causes of low back pain.
Losing extra pounds almost always results in less back pain...instantaneously.
The other bad thing about the typical American diet is that it is pro-inflammatory because of all the animal protein...particularly dairy products ( see report by John. McDougall, M.D.). This can stoke the fire and contribute to a constant state of back pain and inflammation.
So, yes...what you eat matters when it comes to back pain, or neck pain...or any kind of joint pain that has chronic inflammation.
The best solution I know of that can both help you lose weight and reduce inflammation, is a plant based diet. And the best resource I know of for plant based nutrition is www.drmcdougall.com.
The combination of losing weight and less stress on the joints along with reduced inflammation, can help create fertile soil for back pain resolution. Sure, you have to make a dramatic lifestyle change...but nothing worthwhile is easy. Check out Dr. McDougall and let me know what you think. I have been on the program for 17 years. I find it impossible to gain extra body weight, and I can eat as much as I want...it' s great.
And if you are doing a chiropractic or nonsurgical spinal decompression program with us at Executive Express Chiropractic...this is the diet I recommend. It just makes sense.