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Sciatic Nerve Nutrition Decompression


Food is more than just energy. Diets have a profound effect on everything in an individual’s life. Some foods can help the body heal or interfere with the recovery/healing process from injury/s and/or conditions that include sciatica. Making changes to a diet plays a significant factor in the recovery/rehabilitation phase, and adding certain foods will improve and expedite the healing process. A fully functional sciatic nerve nutrition diet plan must be personalized to each individual’s needs.

Sciatic Nerve Nutrition

Sciatica can cause numbness, tingling, electrical shock-type pain, or a combination in the back, hip, outer side of the leg, and the foot. Clinical nutrition is a powerful tool when combating sciatica. Enzymes in certain foods can help reduce the inflammation associated with sciatica. A high percentage of individuals dealing with sciatica can enhance pain relief by adjusting their diets. Quick recommendations include:

  • Oily fish like salmon and halibut are rich in omega-three fatty acids that decrease inflammation in the body and the sciatic nerve.
  • Fresh pineapples and berries are anti-inflammatories that aid in healing and increase immune system function.
  • 2-3 cups of green tea contain antioxidants that help control peripheral sensations and help manage pain.
  • Turmeric, ginger, and garlic contain anti-inflammatory agents that relieve swelling by reducing levels of inflammation-stimulating enzymes.
  • B-Vitamins are essential to maintain normal nerve function and can be found in green peas, spinach, navy beans, nuts, and bananas.
  • Magnesium-rich foods can ensure the body is not deficient and help control muscle spasms.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin A
  • Foods rich in Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K sources
  • Proper body hydration

Sciatica can also be triggered by a poor diet that causes constipation that can place pressure on the nerve. Therefore it is recommended to incorporate fiber-rich foods that include plenty of fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation.

Foods That Make Sciatica Worse

Inflammatory foods to avoid:

  • Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Trans fats include margarine and any hydrogenated/solidified or partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Refined vegetable oils – These are vegetable, nut, or seed oils that have been highly processed. Cut down on french fries, chips, or other foods fried in these oils.
  • Refined carbohydrates – Carbohydrates that have fiber removed increase the growth of inflammatory gut bacteria. These include white flour, refined corn products, white rice, and various commercial cereals and sugars.
  • Excessive alcohol – Moderate amounts of alcohol can provide health benefits, but higher amounts increase inflammation.
  • Processed meats – are often processed at high temperatures, creating chemicals/substances associated with inflammation.

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