Baton Rouge Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet for Issues like Obesity and Neurodegenerative Diseases and others

Inflammation and pain. Eating and healthy living. Neurodegenerative disease and obesity. These are some combinations! Spine & Sports Rehab Center welcomes these every day in our Baton Rouge chiropractic practice, describes the connections, and encourages the exploration of new and different-to-you approaches to improve health via nutrition like the Mediterranean diet to control obesity and neurodegenerative disease.

NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES AND OBESITY

The the beneficial aspects of a Mediterranean diet for patients with neurodegenerative diseases are just becoming clearer…as are symptoms both conditions share like inflammation (which also affects back pain sufferers). Such a diet of natural products delivering antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could prevent cell death and even bring back function to damaged neurons. (1) Neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s and obesity are linked to low grade inflammation leading to concerns like neuronal inflammation, brain atrophy and cognitive decline. With obesity impacting nearly 30% of people around the world, any connections that can affect inflammation and fight obesity like diet and physical activity are encouraging. (2) We can all appreciate that!

“WHAT CAN I EAT WITH THE  MEDITERRANEAN DIET?”

US News & World Report granted the Mediterranean Diet as the #1 Best Heart-Healthy Diet, Best Diet for Bone and Joint Health, Best Diet for Diabetes and Best Diet for Healthy Eating in 2024. Core foods are simple: fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, herbs, spices, nuts, and healthy fats. (Think: olive oil, avocado oil.) Add in fish and seafood a couple times a week with dairy, eggs, and poultry on occasion. Skip the red meats and sweet goodies except for special occasions. The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid (Think of it as a re-organized USDA food pyramid so many of us might recall from our younger years.) consists of red wine (in moderation) and water (lots of that!). It also includes eating with friends, dancing, exercising, being physically active! (3)  These are the enjoyable things that make life happy!

PRAISE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Mediterranean diet researchers and supporters record so many benefits: improved brain function, longer life, certain types of cancer prevention, heart disease/high blood pressure/”bad” cholesterol decrease, diabetes security, weight loss/management support, depression deterence, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s deterrence, rheumatoid arthritis and eye health improvement, better breathing, improved infertility, healthier babies,  and more!  (3) There is something beneficial for everyone with the Mediterranean diet! Neurodegenerative diseases experience a loss of neuronal structure and function and progressive dysfunction. Neurodegeneration incorporates many different pathological processes that natural products – particularly the ones that contain bioactive compounds that are able to cross the blood brain barrier - are vital as neuroprotectors. Some such natural products are widely known than others: quercetin (tomato, capers, green tea, black and red wine), luteolin, Reservatol (nuts, fruits, grapes), apigenin (flavonoids), genistein (isoflavone), Hesperidin (grapes/citrus), etc. (4) Our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients are manytimes prescribed anti-inflammatory medications, so our back pain patients may also feel some relief from this type of low inflammation diet. The Mediterranean Diet offers so much variety of natural goods!

CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox about the role of inflammation in back pain and spine pain and neck pain on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the beneficial outcomes possible with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. Eating well is not that hard and is so good for our Baton Rouge chiropractic friends, especially those fighting a few extra pounds and/or dealing with neurodegeneration-related issues. 

 Baton Rouge  chiropractic nutrition tip: try a Mediterranean Diet 
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