Maybe you’ve already tried pills, patches, and PT, but if you’re locked in a battle with low-back pain, there’s another P to add to the list. And it might be the most effective one yet.
New research reveals how the REAL key to beating the agony of low-back pain begins on your dinner plate. But don’t worry, this isn’t going to become a lecture about losing weight, even if dropping a few pounds may help.
It’s not going to turn into a sermon about an impossible-to-follow diet that forces you to quit eating everything you love, either. Because let’s face it, that’s probably even WORSE than the back pain.
No, friend, this is about how certain very specific foods might be at the root of your problem. And how eliminating this category could chase away pain and improve your health in other ways, too.
The menu mistake behind your agony
Much of what causes us pain is triggered, or at least made worse, by inflammation. That’s why most common painkillers are anti-inflammatory drugs.
That’s especially true of lower back pain. Which just happens to be the number one cause of disability around the world.
But there’s a way to tackle that pain without resorting to risky (and often ineffective) heavy-duty drugs. And that’s to target the culprit that’s CAUSING the inflammation in the first place.
But it’s not IN your back. It’s ON your menu. As certain foods and ingredients can cause inflammation levels to rise throughout your body, including in your back.
The new study used what’s called the Dietary Inflammatory Index. Researchers took a detailed account of what participants ate each day. They were then assigned a score based on how many pro-inflammatory foods were in their diet.
In this case, a higher score ISN’T better. In fact, the scientists found that the higher a volunteer’s inflammatory foods score was, the more likely they would develop low back pain.
Focus on inflammation to shut down pain at the root
What the researchers found lines up with the subjective experience of many folks who battle back pain. Because while some cases can be triggered by a specific injury, most are not.
The majority of lower back flares get lumped together into what’s commonly called “having a bad back.” And these incidents often pop up when we’re doing something mundane like picking up a pen from the floor or putting on our socks.
In these cases, inflammatory foods could be contributing to… or even be the CAUSE of… the painful flare-up. But that also means there’s a way to beat them. And that, of course, is to avoid those inflammatory foods in the first place.
When you do, the benefits don’t end with erasing your back pain, either. Eliminating inflammatory foods can also target pain in other places and fight chronic conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, and cancer.
Start by dumping any ultra-processed and refined foods from your diet. You can find a more extensive list of inflammatory foods online. But some of the worst offenders to get rid of right away include…
- high fructose corn syrup
- other added sugars
- vegetable oils
- refined carbohydrates
- excessive alcohol
- processed meats
Whenever possible, opt for fresh and organic ingredients. And you can counter some of the inflammation with natural anti-inflammatories, including berries, fatty fish, nuts, peppers, curcumin, and green tea.
If you’re battling back pain or any other issue linked to inflammation, try an anti-inflammatory diet for a few weeks. Give it time to work, and it could finally turn things around once and for all… no drugs required.