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Common Foods that Cause Pain

CRegal Sep 28, 2012 (updated May 6, 2014)
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Sugar
Sugar
Sugar causes pain by promoting inflammation. Researchers have found that those who ate diets with a lower glycemic load will tend to have lower levels of inflammation as measured by the c-reactive protein. To learn more about foods that will not increase your blood sugar visit www.glycemicindex.com.
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Nightshades
Nightshades
Some people are sensitive to the chemicals found in nightshade plants which include eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. A food sensitivity can trigger an immune system reaction which can then sensitize the nervous system. Try avoiding nightshades for three months to see if you will feel better without them.
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Gluten
Gluten
Gluten-free diets are becoming more and more popular for a reason. Many people seem to be sensitive to the protein found in wheat and other grain products. A gluten sensitivity can trigger pain especially abdominal pain. Again, a three month elimination of gluten may help you determine whether or not you are in need of a Gluten-free diet.
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Flavor enhancers
Flavor enhancers
In order for processed food to taste better, companies spike the food with chemicals that excite the taste buds. The only problem with these “exitoxic” chemicals is that the entire nervous system can become excited and sensitive as well. Those with any type of nerve pain like headaches or neuropathy should avoid flavor enhancers, aspartame and monosodium glutamate.
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Lactose
Lactose
Milk does not always do a body good. Some people are sensitive to the sugar called lactulose that is found in dairy products. This food can trigger pain by activating the immune system. Consider eliminating lactulose from your diet if you have chronic pain.