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10 “NO” Foods For Patients With Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Be it back pain, joint ache, stomach cramp or simple head ache, people of all ages across the world suffer from chronic pain time and again. These are generally caused by infections, inflammations, unhealthy diet and lifestyle, lack of exercise, etc. There are some foods like green leafy vegetables, vitamin c rich fruits etc which are effective in warding off pain while there are other common foods that aggravate pain and the physical conditions that cause the pain.

10 Such Foods Which Are A Typical “NO” And Should Be Particularly Avoided By Patients With Chronic Pain Are:

Gluten Foods

Carbohydrate filled foods like wheat, rye, barley, and some processed oats contain a sticky protein called gluten. Many people are sensitive to gluten. When such people consume these foods the body treats the gluten as a pathogen and releases inflammatory response in return. This causes the individual to experience extreme pain and discomfort. People suffering from over weightiness, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, should also limit grain intake as they are metabolized similarly as sugars.

Gluten Foods

Eggs

The arachidonic acid present in egg yolks is a fatty acid that triggers inflammation. Thus consuming eggs may lead to an inflammation and constant pain.

Whole Eggs

Meat

Meat, especially red meat, has high levels of purines and fats containing arachindonic acid. Purines break down into uric acid in the body which causes extreme painful illnesses like gout while arachindonic acid causes inflammation and pain.

Meat

Dairy Products

Milk contains lactose which is a compound that is difficult to digest by the human body. Individuals suffering from lactose intolerance can feel discomfort and gastrointestinal pain on consuming dairy products. Milk products also contain the compound called casein. The body of casein sensitive people sends out a painful inflammatory response when they consume such products. Hence dairy products should be restricted in the diet for lactose and casein intolerant people.

Dairy Products

Aspartame

Aspartame or nutra sweet is an artificial sweetener that should be avoided by people experiencing headache on its consumption.

Aspartame

Caffeine

Fibromyalgia is a healthy issue marked by excessive musculoskeletal pain and is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals that control mood and inadequate sleep and fatigue. People often get tempted to consume a cup of coffee or tea that artificially and temporarily keeps away the feeling of fatigue and boosts energy. However this is not a permanent cure for the problem and does more harm than good for the body. It does induce sleep initially but tends to keep one awake later through the night..

Caffeine

Fried Foods

Omega 6 fatty acids are inflammatory agents and the intake of can cause inflammations and excruciating pains. Fried foods are characterised by presence of Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These acids should ideally be present in equal proportion in the food to neutralise and balance the inflammatory effect. However, most fried foods have a way higher content of the latter as compared to the former and hence should be avoided to keep chronic pain at bay. These foods also contain trans fat that have a similar effect on the body.

Fried Foods

Processed Foods

Processed and packed foods contain glutens, omega 6 fatty acid, transfat and artificial chemicals that are all inflammatory agents. Hence such processed foods ahould be avoided to keep away pains and cramps.

Processed Foods

Food Additives

Pain patient should avoid food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) as these generally aggravate the intensity of pain being experienced. A potent excitatory neurotransmitter, MSG stimulates the pain receptors and the glutamate levels in spinal fluid have been believed to intensify the pain in condition like fibromyalgia.

Food Additives

Sugar

High insulin content in the blood increases any form of pain in the body. Consuming sugars trigger the rise of insulin in the body thereby increasing the amount of pain being felt by an individual. One should try to avoid all forms of sugar, artificial sweeteners, fruit juices etc to eliminate body ache.

Sugar