The diet pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction of our low-fat craze that started in the 1970s. These days, you're probably hearing a lot about how eating fat can help us get thin. But what you might not know is that healthy fats might also be that missing ingredient in our diet to help alleviate chronic pain.
Today, we see some practitioners recommending high-fat diets, like the ketogenic diet, as possibly helpful for a number of conditions that cause chronic pain syndromes such as neurodegenerative disease, migraines, mood disorders, and autoimmune problems. In other words, what if we could reach for the avocados and coconut oil instead of popping ibuprofen?
A ketogenic diet isn't right for everyone, and you should discuss it with your health care practitioner first. Still, as a doctor of physical therapy and a certified clinical nutritionist, here's what I wish more people knew about the diet: