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3 Inflammatory Foods That Can Aggravate Nerve Pain, Part 1

August 9, 2018

For those people who struggle with chronic nerve pain, performing daily activities with ease can be challenging. By implementing healthy habits, adjusting your lifestyle, and modifying activities, you can effectively relieve pain and discomfort in conjunction with the neuropathy treatment you receive with us at Advanced Medical of Nashville. Today, we will share with you five inflammatory foods that can aggravate your existing nerve pain. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to avoid and manage peripheral neuropathy. Getting plenty of nutrients supports a healthy functioning nervous system, which can not only help you manage your pain, but can also improve your whole-body health and wellness. If you have questions about managing your nerve pain, call Advanced Medical of Nashville to arrange an appointment for neuropathy treatment.

Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sugary foods are delicious and satisfying, but they offer very little nutrients. Sugar makes foods tastier and is found in everything from desserts to juices. Whether foods are enhanced by added sugar (sucrose) or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), added sugar can wreak havoc on your body. Along with contributing to obesity and the onset of diabetes, added refined sugars can cause inflammation from blood sugar spikes when these sweeteners trigger the release of cytokines, or inflammatory molecules, in the body. Rather than reaching for a handful of candy or drinking down a can of soda, opt instead for sweet berries and fruit-infused water.

Artificial Sweeteners

It is easy to assume that replacing refined sugar with artificial sweeteners is a good choice, but artificial sweeteners still have an inflammatory effect on the body. Sweeteners like aspartame are FDA-approved and are marketed to be guilt-free but the fact is, these sugary substitutes can affect people who suffer from autoimmune diseases. Consuming artificial sweeteners can trigger an inflammatory response by your body when an unknown substance such as aspartame enters your system. Rather than an ice cold glass of diet soda, sip on unsweetened fruit-infused iced tea.


While there are good (complex carbohydrates) and bad carbs (simple carbohydrates), how do you know which ones contribute to inflammation? One thing to note is that when digested, all carbs break down into sugars, but it’s the speed at which they break down that can trigger an inflammatory response. Simple carbs from processed foods like white bread, chips, pasta, and refined sugar cause your blood sugar levels to spike, which causes an inflammatory response. On the other hand, complex carbs found in foods like nuts, seeds, and whole grains break down gradually, and therefore are less likely to cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. We all love carbs, so it’s all a matter of making smart choices. By substituting foods containing simple carbs with complex carbs, you can avoid causing an inflammatory response.

Begin Neuropathy Treatment in Nashville  

Along with maintaining a healthy diet, there are beneficial nerve pain treatments that deliver effective results. If you suffer from nerve pain and want to treat the root cause of your condition naturally to relieve pain, contact the pain management experts at Advanced Medical. We offer natural neuropathy treatment in Nashville to help you get back to living your life without pain. Call us today and be sure to join us next time to learn even more inflammatory foods to avoid if you suffer from nerve pain.

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