When we experience back pain, it can be hard to understand where the pain is coming from – whether it be a disc, a joint, or your muscles! However, most people do not know that our back pain can also be a result of our gut inflammation!
Gut inflammation can occur for several reasons, but a lot of the time it can be due to an imbalance of certain bacteria, fungi, viruses or more! For example, the Candida Albicans fungi can overgrow in our intestines when our gut microbiota is not intact.
Your gut works hard to keep you healthy, so we must work hard to keep our gut healthy! Gut bloating, belching, passing gas, heartburn, intestinal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea are all symptoms of gut inflammation which can ultimately affect our pain levels that present in our back and even our hips!
When our body is in “fight or flight” for extended periods of time, our digestion shuts down because your body is under stress and is focusing on keeping you alive, therefore your digestion isn’t an immediate concern.
When our digestion capability is compromised, it is important to try and encourage it to be better in any way that we can – this means feeding it food and nutrients that it likes and can re-create an effective microbiome. Research shows you may experience less low back pain when you limit: Alcohol, caffeine, simple sugars, refined foods, fried foods, gluten, and dairy.
Proper nutrition cannot eliminate all pain, especially among patients with chronic pain and inflammation, but it is a great place to start. A healthy diet and a healthy gut can help your body reduce inflammation substantially.
When combining a healthy diet with chiropractic care, you are giving your nervous system the best chance to thrive and have proper function restored. We want to remove the interference to the body’s natural processes. Combining a healthy diet with a chiropractic care management plan, proper hydration, exercise, and stress reduction is a fantastic way to help lower inflammation in your body and gut.
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