Diet and Nutrition

Pain management is multidimensional approach without any miracle cure for chronic pain, but there are lots of things that can help to heal. For effective management of chronic pain conditions, it is most helpful to use complimentary approaches to controlling pain, such as pain medications plus lifestyle changes, including good nutrition and a healthy level of exercise.

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Nutrition is especially important, as many people have an unhealthy and unbalanced diet high in sugars and fats that can cause or worsen existing health problems and also have an effect on pain levels.

An important factor to know about a nutritious diet is that a balanced diet is necessary to get all of the nutrients that your body needs. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all necessary for the body to use, and completely cutting out any of these groups can cause health problems in the long term.

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Instead of cutting out these groups, instead try to consume the healthiest versions of these nutrients. Trans fats are bad for health, so they should be avoided, but vegetable oils such as olive oil contain polyunsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy should be made a part of regular diet. Knowing the right amount of food for the body also helps.

Studies show that certain foods may improve inflammation and pain, while other foods may make inflammation and pain worse. The evidence for these claims is often not conclusive, but in some cases scientific studies have been done and there does seem to be a correlation. Decreasing the amount of red meat in the diet and increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables seems to help with chronic pain.

Omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil appear to have an anti-inflammatory effect that is good for chronic pain caused by arthritis.

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It is recommended that the consumption of oily and junk foods be decreased or avoided, due to the high sugar and fat content of these high-caloric foods. It is often recommended that a person with chronic pain try to eliminate potential trigger foods from their diet one at a time to see if eliminating these foods has a positive effect on pain levels.