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TMD Patients: Watch What You Eat

What you eat affects your weight, right? But did you also know it can take a toll on your TMD, too? Your body is a well-oiled machine, which means that when something isn’t right, every muscle, nerve, and movement is affected. However, practicing proper nutrition and diet can help you potentially avoid the pain that comes with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Here are some tips to help you get a better understanding for what to eat and what to avoid for a proper TMD diet:

Say Yes to These Foods…

Yes, fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but we often find ourselves skipping that part of our diets. With TMD, eating fruits and vegetables is important. To make it easy, try eating vegetable soup with a wide variety of veggies and beans for the magnesium. You can add meat for the hyaluronic acid, too. However, when eating meat, make sure to stick to the red meats for high amounts of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12. All of these nutrients are crucial for your diet as a patient suffering from TMD.

Avoid These Foods…

In contrast, it is also important to avoid certain foods that might further aggravate your TMD symptoms—it might even be your favorite food. Many times, people suffering from TMD can find relief from their symptoms by cutting back on wheat and dairy, specifically whole grains. Additionally, patients should also avoid food with very high artificial supplements such as vitamin C or Iron. Too much of these supplements can lead to an imbalance in your natural levels, which can cause pain to occur.

It is also important to avoid foods with sugar, yeast and preservatives. You will also want to try to stay away from fatty foods. Saturated fat has been shown to increase inflammation in the body, leading to more pain. Of course it isn’t always easy to alter your diet, but it just might be what you need to end your pain.  

Remember to incorporate and avoid certain foods. By doing so we hope you will be able to manage the pain a little bit better. As always, it is important to contact TMJ & Sleep Apnea Help Center of Glendale to learn more about a proper TMD diet and to find out what your treatment options are. However, learning what to eat and what to avoid is definitely a great first step!