Sciatica pain can be debilitating and can impact upon every part of your life. Exercise can help to relieve sciatica pain by strengthening the back. However, exercise alone is not enough to eliminate sciatica pain. Usually, a change in diet, as advised by your GP or dietitian, can help you to be pain free.
Anti inflammatory foods
One way in which to tackle sciatica pain is to reduce inflammation in the joints and in the back. Although anti inflammatory medication can help, eating foods that are rich in anti inflammatory properties can really help to improve your flexibility and movements. The good news is that there is a wide variety of anti inflammatory foods out there for you to choose from, including fruit, veg and oils, ensuring that your diet is as healthy and tasty as possible.
What foods have anti inflammatory properties?
Here is a basic list of every day foods that you can eat to help reduce inflammation in the body, helping to relieve that persistent sciatica pain.
Spices – The good news is that if you love spicy food, then you’ll be helping to reduce inflammation in the body. This is because a variety of spices contain antioxidants that often help to reduce inflammation. Good spices to take include rosemary, ginger, turmeric and cloves.
Fruits – It is highly advised that you eat a diet rich in fruit because of the high levels of anti oxidants that fight inflammation.
Tomatoes – Love or hate them, tomatoes contain a rich source of anti oxidants that are called phytofluene, phytoene and zera-carotene. This combination helps to reduce inflammation.
Leafy Greens – These are packed with phytonutrients, carotenoids and antioxidants that help with the fight against inflammation.
Olive Oil – Use olive oil and extra virgin olive oil to dress your salads and to cook with, as they are rich in polyphenols that help fight inflammation.
What foods should be avoided?
Although we don’t want to ban foods from your diet, there are several foods that are best avoided, or eaten in moderation, as they can cause flare ups. These include any type of fast food. This is because these foods are very high in saturated fats that can increase inflammation. Foods that are also high in refined sugars and carbohydrates can also increase inflammation throughout the body, which will not help sciatica pain.
Changing your eating habits and adopting an active and healthy lifestyle can all help to reduce sciatica pain.