Does More Sugar Mean More Pain?
Can your diet be contributing to an increase in muscle pain, joint stiffness and arthritis? Studies show that foods high in sugar may be one of the leading culprits to those experiencing chronic pain.
Many people are unaware of the nutritional value in most foods and the nutritional damage. The foods we consume on a daily basis contribute to our overall health mentally, physically and chemically. Let’s take a look into how sugar affects us, on a cellular level.
Most dietary sugars are simple carbohydrates, which means that they’re made up of one or two sugar compounds stuck together making them easier to pull apart and digest. The more refined or processed the sugar is, the faster it breaks down in the body causing a faster sugar rush to be delivered. The body is designed to handle only small amounts of sugar, therefore such large sugar rushes in the system make it difficult for the body to accommodate, or even cope with. This overproduction of sugar leads to inflammation within the body. Under normal conditions, inflammation helps the body deal with injury or trauma.
For example, if you cut yourself while shaving, the cells within our body flood the area in defense causing an increase of blood and circulation. The unregulated inflammation within the body caused by diet, on the other hand, has adverse affects. Cytokines are cells that are released in response to inflammation and will attach themselves onto the tissues of the body producing an increase of heat, swelling, redness and pain. This type of inflammation will cause our knees to ache, hands to swell and joints to stiffen, all because of sugar intake.
At Symmetry Spine and Wellness, we’ve evaluated our patients in pain and have witnessed the effects of a low sugar diet in reducing a variety of chronic pain disorders. If you would like to know the steps you can take to better your diet and eliminate pain from your life, don’t hesitate to take action! Call today to schedule a consultation!