Dr. Oz: Paleo Diet Relieves Pain
Dr. Oz kicked off his show by talking about the Paleo diet, which has been touted for weight loss. Now, though, Dr. Oz said it could be a solution for pain.
The diet has no calorie counting, no portion control, and no dairy, grains, or sugar. Instead, the diet suggests we go back to prehistoric basics, focusing on meats, vegetables, healthy fats, and nuts. It’s been proven effective for weight loss and as a side benefit, because the diet is rich in Omega-3s and antioxidants, it’s great for pain relief. Omega-3s and antioxidants are great for reducing inflammation.
Mark Sisson, the author of The Primal Blueprint, came by to talk about the Paleo diet. He had irritable bowel syndrome for 35 years, and at the age of 45, he started getting arthritis in his hands and feet. Within 30 days, those issues went away completely. Elaine in the audience suffered from irritable bowel syndrome for over 10 years and terrible abdominal pain, cramps, and bloating. It dictated her life. But Paleo took those symptoms away. Julie had knee pain and no medications were working for her. But after starting the Paleo diet, the pain went away in a week.
Dr. Oz: What is the Paleo Diet?
The first step of the program is to eliminate inflammatory foods like grains, dairy, and refined sugar. These foods can upset our immune system and put us in a state of inflammation. Inflammation is at the root of the most pain. These foods can cause gas, bloating, and IBS. If you eliminate these foods, you’re treating these issues at their source.
Dr. Oz described inflammation as a small flame in our body. When the body is in balance, a little inflammation can help protect the body. When you add sugars, dairy, and grains, it’s like throwing wood on a bonfire, spiraling the inflammations out of control.
Dr. Oz: What Does a Paleo Diet Plate Look Like?
Mark Sisson said that the Paleo Diet isn’t meat-centric. The plate should mostly be vegetables. You do need some protein, about the size of your palm. Add a dollop of healthy fats like oils and nuts and if you have a sweet tooth, a small amount of fruit.
Cruciferous vegetables are best for people struggling with pain. They contain a nutrient that assists in preventing or relieving arthritis. He also said if you’re going to eat fruit, berries are the way to go. They’re low in sugar, but high in nutrients and antioxidants. For the proteins, you should have some salmon, because it’s the go-to for Omega-3s. There’s also oily fish like sardines or grass-fed meats and eggs from pastured hens. For healthy oils, he recommends coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. Spices are also important. Spices are full of anti-inflammatory properties, from garlic to cloves to cinnamon to rosemary. Turmeric is Mark Sisson’s favorite.
Mark Sisson said there shouldn’t be a difference between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can have protein any time.
Dr. Oz: Cheating on the Paleo Diet
Mark Sisson said he believes in the 80/20 rule. Do right at least 80 percent on the Paleo Diet. Ideally, do 100 percent, but 80 percent is still okay. If you’re going to cheat, Mark Sisson had some suggestions.
Certain forms of alcohol are good for relieving stress, but in general, Mark advises against drinking. If you are going to, however, the hops in beer have anti-inflammatory properties, so one or two beers once in a while is good. Red wine also has anti-oxidents. There’s also tequila, which is low in sugar and has no carbohydrates. He likes making his margaritas with avocado, oranges, and cayenne pepper, apparently because he hates his taste buds. But those elements also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Dr. Oz: Change Positions Throughout the Day
Mark Sissons said we should change our positions if we sit around for a long time, because the more we move, the less residual pain we’ll have. We get back pain or neck pain or hip pain because we don’t move and get settling into a position.
Dr. Oz: Certain Sleeping Positions for Pain
Mark Sissons said that if you have heartburn, you should sleep on your left side to relieve your pain. Also use pillows to align the neck to the tailbone. If you have knee pain, put two pillows under your knees and one pillow under your heard. For back pain, put a pillow in between your legs as you sleep on your side and one pillow under your head. Dr. Oz said this is how they get patients to fall asleep when they’re under anesthesia.