If you have read any of my previous blog articles, you already know that I talk a lot about the connections of food allergies and leaky gut that lead to chronic dis-eases.
In this article, I will explain how certain foods that we ingest can cause chronic pain.
Chronic pain can be defined as: Pain that persists or progresses over a long period of time, and is mostly resistant to medical treatments.
Top 3 things that we ingest that can lead to or cause chronic pain and inflammation:
The proteins found in gluten can be hard for many people’s digestive system to break down these proteins, causing damage to part of their intestines called Villi, this is the part of the intestines that gathers nutrients to be absorbed into the body. As the damage occurs over time due to a sensitivity, you lose the ability to absorb vital nutrients into your system, thus leading to a variety of health issues, such as fatigue, anemia, irritable bowl, neuropathy, depression, ADD & ADHD in children and Auto-Immune dis-eases such as MS, Celiac dis-ease, Hypo/Hyperthyroidism among others. So how does gluten actually cause pain? Well simply put a sensitivity to gluten leads to inflammation and inflammation leads to pain. Most people with chronic pain, especially migraines, have found that by eliminating gluten from their diets it has eased or stopped the pain altogether.
This artificial sweetener is part of a chemical group called excitotoxins, which activate neurons that can increase your sensitivity to pain. Aspartame has been linked to chronic pain problems such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, stomach issues, arthritis, as well as other health issues such as; brain tumors, brain cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, diabetes, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, lupus, bipolar disorder, and epilepsy. So how does aspartame actually cause pain? Aspartame is a neurotoxin, your brain reacts and detects it as a foreign object and begins to immediately attack it, in turn this cause inflammation which again leads to pain. While you may not be using an artificial sweetener such as aspartame, you will be very surprised to know that a lot drug companies use this in many over the counter and prescribed medications, the biggest being chewable vitamins for children.
Many processed foods contain what’s known as Trans Fats, these fats do not occur naturally in foods, our bodies do not have a program in the digestive tract to break these Fats down. Processed foods include; ready to eat foods such as crackers, granola bars, instant noodles, fruit snacks, fake butter or margarine, frozen dinners, any type of processed cheeses like cheese in a can, and sadly ketchup. Trans Fats have been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Trans fats can also reduce the healthy response of endothelial cells, the cells that line all of our blood vessels, it can also cause resistance to insulin which leads to diabetes. So how does Trans Fats cause pain? Again just as gluten and aspartame, processed foods/trans fats cause inflammation and inflammation causes pain.
There are many more foods that can lead to chronic pain such as dairy, food additives such as MSG’s, alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine.
Your best course of action is to research what you are ingesting and eliminate each, one by one until you find out which ones are causing your issues. When you take your health into your own hands and get to the root cause of any inflammation or chronic pain, you may find that you will no longer need to be on any prescribed medications for those issues.
Top 3 Foods to help alleviate pain:
Scientists from Johns Hopkins have found that tart cherries can offer relief from inflammation and pain and can also protect against gout.
Dark leafy greens:
Dark greens such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Avocados, and Asparagus contain phytochemicals and vitamins like Vit. K, C, E and A all are vital in the process of fighting inflammation.
Flaxseed contains Omega-3 fatty acids, something that our bodies require but cannot make them on their own, these Omega-3’s protect cell membranes. These Omega-3’s can reduce inflammation in our joints and muscles. Flaxseed is a natural fiber, it is also the highest in Omega-3 and Omega-6, there are many foods that contain Omega-3 such as fish and walnuts.
As with removing foods from your diet, it is also a good idea to introduce foods that are rich in inflammation killing properties. There are many more foods that can be added to your diet to help alleviate inflammation and pain, do some research find out what foods you like that you can eat more of to give you a better quality of life.
As a reminder I am not a medical Doctor and cannot tell you that is 100% accurate but I can tell you that through tons of research and learning, and having my own issues with chronic pain/inflammation and autoimmune dis-eases, I have eliminated much of my own pain and dis-ease by removing these toxins from my diet and introducing more good foods that fight off inflammation.
I wish you all good health
– Kim Bayne