Helping chronic pain patients understand how these 9 foods can cause more damage than good.
Chronic pain is a condition that is prevalent among several folks and is characterized by symptoms like depression, moodiness, fatigue and muscle pain. Chronic pain patients are in constant discomfort because of the pain the condition causes. Fibromyalgia patients often have to deal with chronic pain as a side effect. Although most cases are treated with medication, the beginning of curing chronic pain comes from observing the food you are consuming. Certain chemicals in foods can trigger inflammation and slow down the process of recovering from pain. Here’s a list of foods that need to be avoided to help your body recover from the pain and keep it at bay.
Excessive sugar consumption is the culprit of a host of conditions like obesity and heart problem. Sugar also has a drastic effect on the soft tissue structure of the body, like the connective tissue called fascia. Excess sugar in the bloodstream can lead to glycation which is a process that affects the binding of the sugar molecules. The molecules get tangled and become thick and stiff. The body perceives these molecules as foreign bodies and creates as inflammatory action to get rid of them. Overtime, this inflammation can cause chronic pain.
Glycation also makes one’s muscles age faster and cause heart conditions and insulin resistance. The common misconception is that sugar is available only in chocolates, desserts and sweets. But, all kinds of carbohydrates contain some forms of sugar so avoiding only desserts might not do the trick. If you regularly consume foods like pasta, bread, fruit and grains, you are consuming more sugar than you think. So, not only should you reduce your intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners but also avoid some kinds of carbohydrates to keep chronic pain at bay.
There are a host of sugar-free sweeteners available in the market in the form of sorbitol, aspartame and xylitol. But, these are not as good for your body as they are advertised to be. Artificial sweeteners contain composites that can convert the sensitivity to pain. In big quantities, they can also cause irritable bowel syndrome. A good way to avoid this is by cooking meals at home with fresh organic produce that is free from hidden sugar.
Chronic pain can lead to sleeping disorders. When one doesn’t get enough sleep, they need an extra boost of energy to keep them up through the day and coffee and other caffeinated drinks are a common way to do this. The caffeine that keeps you energized takes a toll on your body eventually and leads to more sleepless nights. This vicious circle can lead to more fatigue and eventually continue in to chronic pain and fibromyalgia. Avoid caffeine and opt for healthier options like green tea.
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