Using nutrition to combat pain has been part of the medical community's recommendation for years. A good diet, often combined with dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, can help you to:
- Lose weight putting less stress on your joints
- Improve mobility and joint functions
- Treat and prevent illness
- Reduce inflammation and pain
- Restore the body to a natural healthy equilibrium
Although diet has little effect on a person's actual experience of pain, it does influence perceived pain and its association with inflammation. When metabolized, some fats and fatty acids may have a tendency to intensify the inflammation response. In addition, particular foods act as triggers for certain pain conditions, such as migraine headaches.
Some of the problem substances that are linked to increases in pain are:
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Aspartame (NutraSweet®)
Whereas, other foods that are shown to decrease inflammation and pain include:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids - found in fish, nuts, and flaxseed, and can be supplemented has been shown to reduce pain from many different sources, including fibromyalgia.
- Soy protein - and a combination of avocado-soybean unsaponifiables reduces joint pain.
- Ginger - reduces joint and muscle pain.
- Tea - contains compounds that protect collagen in the joints and reduce inflammation.
- Herbs - like turmeric turn off the production of inflammatory mediators to preserve joints, nerves, and reduce rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cherries - have anti-inflammatory properties similar to those in aspirin
Our certified dietitians will work with you and our doctors to develop a nutritional plan that will help you eat healthier while reducing your pain. In addition nutritional counseling, our chiropractic care and massage therapy services can complete your pain management program and create long term wellness.