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3 Inflammatory Foods That Can Aggravate Nerve Pain, Part 2

August 22, 2018

Welcome back to the Advanced Medical of Nashville blog. When you suffer from nerve pain, what you eat and drink can contribute to the pain you experience as a result of inflammation that affects soft tissues and joints in the body. In part one, we began looking at three foods that can aggravate your pain and inflammation due to the ingredients they contain. Therefore, maintaining a healthy, nutrient-rich diet and consuming healthful foods in place of inflammatory foods can reduce your pain levels, while at the same time, enhancing your neuropathy treatment. Here are the inflammatory foods we discussed in part one that you should avoid if you suffer from neuropathy:

  • Sugar and high fructose corn syrup
  • Artificial sweeteners like aspartame
  • Carbohydrates

Today, we will look at three more inflammatory foods to avoid and will recommend delicious, wholesome substitutions. Making these kinds of small changes to your diet and everyday practices can deliver big results. Feel free to contact our team today to discuss your diet with our pain specialists. If you’re looking to begin neuropathy treatment in Nashville, call us to schedule an appointment.

Saturated Fats

There are plenty of reasons why everyone should limit their saturated fat intake, but especially those who suffer from peripheral neuropathies. As one report published by Harvard Medical School suggests, saturated fats are considered an in-between fat that can contribute to inflammation. The trouble is, saturated fats are found in many common foods such as red meats, cheese, dairy products, baked goods, and packaged processed foods. Your best option is to eat these foods in moderation, making substitutes with healthier food options when you can.

Trans Fats

If you thought saturated fats were bad, trans fats are even worse for you. Luckily, there have been greater restrictions that have limited trans fats in many foods. Unfortunately, however, trans fats can still be found in satisfying yet unhealthy fast food and fried foods. The same Harvard Medical article explains that trans fats are an even greater trigger for inflammation. What’s more, trans fats contribute to insulin resistance which can severely aggravate diabetic nerve pain for those who have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes. While fried foods taste delicious, if you already suffer from nerve pain or want to prevent it, it’s best to pass on these and skip the drive-thru altogether.

Sweet Beverages

Last time, we mentioned the dangers of consuming added sugar and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Unfortunately, sugar and artificial sweeteners are found in most beverages, including sodas, sports drinks, fruit juices, teas, and even flavored waters. Rather than guzzling down these satisfying yet highly inflammatory beverages, opt for healthier options like fruit-infused water and unsweetened tea. Always pay attention to the labels when grabbing a cold drink at the store to ensure you aren’t consuming added sugar or artificial sweeteners that can trigger an inflammatory response in the body.

Schedule a Neuropathy Treatment Today

If you suffer from nerve pain, being conscious of what you eat can help you better manage your pain while improving your overall health and wellness. Adding in daily exercises, stretching, and making small changes to your everyday routines can deliver big results. Along with maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet, nerve pain treatments can not only reduce your pain levels, but can also treat the root cause of your pain, providing you with longer-lasting pain relief. If you’re ready to begin neuropathy treatment in Nashville, call us today. Our team at Advanced Medical is here to optimize your health and relieve your pain with natural yet effective treatments.

This concludes our short blog series covering inflammatory foods, but be sure to join us for more great articles next month. Until then, thank you for reading!

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