Can Healthy Eating Help With Chronic Pain?
There is strong evidence to suggest that chronic pain can be remedied by a diet that aims to reduce bodily inflammation. Chronic pain is often associated with chronic inflammation. Inflammation can be caused by an array of things, but is directly linked to diet and lifestyle. For those suffering from chronic pain, we recommend a diet rich in antioxidants common in leafy greens, whole fruits, nuts, legumes, and grains. Processed foods are low in nutritional value and often contain refined carbohydrates that can directly contribute to inflammation. We recommend eliminating sodas, sugary or processed snacks, etc. from your diet. Harvard Medical School suggests the following:
Half your plate should be filled with whole grains like whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta, and brown rice, along with healthy proteins, such as fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.
The other half should be mostly vegetables along with some fruit.
Always use healthy oils like olive and canola oils instead of butter or other flavorings
Even though diet is an essential part of overall health and greatly assists in pain management, sometimes it’s not enough. We are here to help you as you work to heal your body! Call us today to schedule an appointment.