Episode 12

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20th Apr 2020

The Recommended Diet to Reduce Inflammation

Did you know that nutrition plays an important role in contributing to your better quality of health and overall well-being? According to research, about 700,000 deaths and 15% disability cases have a correlation to poor nutrition. It’s not just diseases, but the pain that you’re feeling right now in your back and other parts of the body may be because of high levels of inflammation. And as clinics are not operating at full-capacity with the COVID-19 pandemic still underway, you can make a difference in managing your pain with the food that you eat.

In this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia dives deep into the anti-inflammatory diet and how it can help with pain. He debunks certain misconceptions about inflammation and the role food plays in exacerbating this condition, and affecting our body. One type of diet he highly recommends is the Mediterranean diet, which is more of a pattern and way of eating rather than specific recipes. It’s one that’s backed up by studies that have shown positive results to one's health.

Dr. Lakhia further breaks down the Mediterranean diet, and the different food groups that you can consume while following it. He further specifies the type of food you can and cannot eat, such as nuts, the type of protein, fats and carbohydrates, to name a few. You can also tweak the Mediterranean diet and make adjustments to your meal plans, for as long as you follow the basic principles it espouses.

Improving your nutrition is a great way to supplement pain management, especially if you’re already taking medicine to lower inflammation levels. If you start providing your body with good nutrition and being consistent with it, then you’re going to see the results and benefits in the long run. 

Key moments in the episode

  • Important statistics 03:56
  • The truth behind inflammation 04:49
  • How food contributes to inflammation 05:54
  • Determine existence of high levels of inflammation in your body 06:53
  • The Mediterranean diet 08:05
  • The Mediterranean diet as a pattern of eating 09:44
  • PREDIMED trial on the Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular disease 11:07
  • Debunking fats 12:13
  • On nuts 14:09
  • On carbohydrates 15:09
  • On fruits and vegetables 16:57
  • The importance of spices 19:40
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages 20:39
  • 16 top food sources for the anti-inflammatory diet 22:12

Links mentioned in the episode

Back Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to backtalkdoc.com. To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website at carolinaneurosurgery.com.

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About the Podcast

Back Talk Doc
Answers to Common Questions About Back Pain
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every day. Chances are you, or someone you love is suffering or will suffer from back pain at some point. You do not have to suffer in silence. Help is here. Back Talk Doc is a podcast brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, where providing personalized, highly-skilled, and compassionate spine care to the Charlotte, NC area has been our specialty for over 75 years. And now, it’s time to understand the cause of back pain and learn about options to get you back on track! On Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia will help you find answers to some of the most common questions about back pain and spine health. As a Physiatrist at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, Dr. Lakhia is an expert in finding non-surgical treatment options for back and spine problems. The podcast features interviews with neurosurgeons and spine specialists along with episodes where Dr. Lakhia covers an array of different issues such as back pain, neck pain, spine surgery, spine injections, and concussion testing. If you would like to know more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back issues, go to BackTalkDoc.com. To make an appointment, contact Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine at 1-800-344-6716 or visit CarolinaNeuroSurgery.com.