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

Inflammation and pain. Living healthy and eating well. Neurodegenerative disease and obesity. These are some combos! Johnson Chiropractic welcomes these daily in our Richmond chiropractic practice, explains the connections, and encourages the exploration of new and different-to-you approaches to improve health via nutrition like the Mediterranean diet to manage obesity and neurodegenerative disease.

NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES AND OBESITY

The benefits of a Mediterranean diet for patients with neurodegenerative diseases are just becoming clearer…as are indicators they 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 avert cell death and even restore function to injured neurons. (1) Neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s and obesity are linked to low grade inflammation which can lead to issues like neuronal inflammation, brain atrophy and cognitive decline. With obesity impacting almost 30% of people globally, 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 ranked 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 trouble-free: fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, herbs, spices, nuts, and healthy fats. (Think: olive oil, avocado oil.) Incorporate fish and seafood twice a week with dairy, eggs, and poultry on occasion. Leave the red meats and sweet goodies for special occasions. The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid (Think of it as an updated USDA food pyramid so many of us might recall from years ago.) consists of red wine (in moderation) and water (lots of that!). It also incorporates dining with friends, dancing, exercising, being physically active! (3)  These are the enjoyable activies in life!

PRAISE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Mediterranean diet researchers and advocates record multiple benefits: enhanced brain function, longer life, certain kinds of cancer prevention, heart disease/high blood pressure/”bad” cholesterol reduction, diabetes protection, weight loss/management support, depression prevention, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s prevention, rheumatoid arthritis and eye health enhancement, better breathing, improved infertility, healthier babies,  and more!  (3) Most everyone may benefit from the Mediterranean diet! Neurodegenerative diseases share a loss of neuronal structure and function as well as progressive dysfunction. Neurodegeneration involves many different pathological processes that natural products – particularly the ones that contain bioactive compounds that have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier - are vital as neuroprotectors. Some such natural products are widely recognized than others: quercetin (tomato, capers, green tea, black and red wine), luteolin, Reservatol (grapes, nuts, fruits), apigenin (flavonoids), genistein (isoflavone), Hesperidin (grapes/citrus), etc. (4) Our Richmond chiropractic patients are often prescribed anti-inflammatory meds, 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!

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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 Richmond chiropractic appointment soon. Eating well is not that hard and is so good for our Richmond chiropractic friends, especially those carrying a few extra pounds and/or experiencing neurodegeneration-related issues. 

 Richmond chiropractic nutrition tip: try a Mediterranean Diet 
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