Lastly, we will look at how excess weight can contribute to chronic pain. Fat cells are another contributing factor to chronic inflammation because fat cells produce, among other things, inflammatory cytokines. Inflammatory cytokines in excess can lead to inflammation and tissue damage (in issues like rheumatoid arthritis). This means excess weight promotes inflammation in your body.

The take away here is that diet, exercise, and weight loss can effectively reduce or eliminate pain. The lack of valid, scientific facts behind most of what the media reports would surprise you. Pain resolution (if pain is diet and lifestyle related) is possible by focusing on a low fat, whole-foods, plant-based diet.

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