Diet Can Help Naturally Heal Your Chronic Pain
If you are looking for the root cause of your chronic pain, you are not alone. More people are becoming aware that diet can help heal chronic pain, or it can help promote it.
If you’re someone who experiences the kind of muscle and joint pain that disrupts your quality of life, making small tweaks to the food you eat can help making you feel better and more in control. You don’t have to change everything all at once.
When you’re in pain that is draining to your energy, thinking about making changes to your diet may feel like too much. Small changes, made consistently over time, can make a huge difference in how you feel. If you’re interested in learning how I can help you through this process book a free discovery call.
In the meantime, here are just a few of the ways that diet and nutrition can improve the way you feel:
Less inflammation equals less pain
Inflammation can be great. It is a normal, healthy component of protection and healing that works efficiently to keep you healthy and safe. Your body has an entire system of first responders. Your immune system is organized and ready every time you have an injury, get an infection or come into contact with something that can make you sick.
Unfortunately, this system can become overactive. Imagine that the fire department showed up every time you burnt some toast and created a little smoke rather than when there was a real fire? Your house would be flooded with water every time your smoke alarm went off.
That’s what can happen when your immune system is overactive and inflammation becomes chronic. By making some tweaks to your diet, you can give your body the tools to rein in that inflammatory response. When you need it, it will be even more well rested and powerful.
While eating to fight inflammation is a blog of it’s own, here are some quick tips to help your diet fight inflammation instead of contribute to it:
- Eat as many whole foods as you can
- Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can
- Use fresh herbs and spices as much as you can
- Red meat- opt for quality over quantity whenever you can
- Try to avoid boxed and processed foods as much as you can
Get nutrients you need, where you need them
It could be that you’re eating well and doing all the right things, but you’re still experiencing pain and fatigue. It’s also possible that your body is having a hard time breaking food down to get to the nutrients. Or once your body has broken them down they may not be getting where they need to go.
If this is true for you, don’t fret! The body is resilient and the gut can be healed. Eating foods that are gentle on your gut is a great way to nurture your system and help it heal. For example, you can try these overnight oats! They are gentle to digest, and high in soluble fiber (food for your good bacteria).
Kickstart your energy systems with diet to reduce pain
Your body is Super smart. For instance, it has developed efficient systems for making all the energy you need to power your daily life. Sometimes your body may have difficulty running these energy systems if a nutrient is missing or isn’t in abundant supply.
When your energy systems are slow, your muscle fibers aren’t getting what they need, and can become painful. By looking more closely at how your body is making and using energy, we can fill in the missing pieces with food and supplements. In no time you canbe on the road to feeling better.