At South Bay Pain Docs, our goal is to keep you healthy and living a pain-free lifestyle. We offer a full range of advanced pain management and wellness services that take a comprehensive approach to pain management and provide patients with a specialized treatment plan that can include Pilates, chiropractic and massage therapy. Along with our medical services we look to educate our patients on living a well-rounded lifestyle at home as well.
While physical activity can lead to injury, particular foods can lead to discomfort. To raise awareness of foods that can be hindering instead of helping your lifestyle, here are top four foods that could be causing you pain:
1. Raw Spinach – While we all want to emulate Popeye’s fit lifestyle guzzling spinach, can all that spinach be bad? Spinach contains oxalates, which are essentially oxalic acid. Too much oxalic acid can put one at risk for hyperoxaluria. Hyperoxaluria occurs when too much oxalate in your urine and bloodstream, increasing the risk of kidney stones and can escalate into severe intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease and short bowel syndrome.
2. Raw Kale – While it holds many health benefits, eating copious amounts of Kale can give you a bad stomach ache and more. For those of us with a thyroid problem, or at least at risk, mass amounts of Kale can be a health hazard— since it is a cruciferous vegetable, large amounts can reportedly effect the function of your thyroid gland and put you at risk. Kale is also known to be high in fiber, which sounds really good, but such high levels of fiber (about 2.6 grams per cup) can be too much, and for your digestive system can become difficult to handle, causing stomach pains and in some cases Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
3. White breads/Wheat – It’s long been known white breads are less healthy, but just how? Firstly, those sensitive to gluten (which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) can undergo in gastrointestinal problems from consumption of white break. Secondly, white breads also contain starch, which enters the bloodstream quickly upon digestion and spikes blood sugar levels. These high blood sugar levels will then drop quickly, causing a roller coaster of negative effects on your metabolism.
4. Cocktails & Mixed Drinks – It’s pretty much universally known that excessive drinking of alcohol has horrible consequences for your body— But as far as the amount of calories and sugar found in cocktail drinks, they could be considerably worse than if you’d reached for that cheeseburger and fries as their fruit juices, sugar, and syrups really add up. Drinks that are mixed with sodas and energy drinks reportedly put people at even more risk. Those who consume energy drinks with alcohol are more likely to experience physical and psychological effects, such as heart palpitations or problems sleeping, and well as increased chances of developing short and long-term health problems. To top it all off, their high sugar content welcomes the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.