Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How Food Affects Pain

Interestingly enough, the type of food you eat can really play a difference in how you can manage pain.  A recent article in Pain Pathways magazine (Fall 2011, page 64) gave some useful, easy tips on changing your diet to manage pain.  Some of the most important pieces of information are:

1)  Decrease the amount of starch and sugar in your diet.  Also, eat protein and fiber with every meal, if possible.  Not only will this diet change help to manage weight loss and keep your body feeling fuller for longer, it also helps prevent diabetes and may help reverse some instances of chronic pain.  Some common fibrous foods include leafy greens and some fruits, and some common proteins include meat, nuts, and beans.

2)  Try to incorporate more magnesium and potassium in your diet to help with the care and treatment of hypertension.  These vitamins and minerals are most often found in plant-based food.  Magnesium is especially useful in treating problems with sleep, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.  Additionally, eating pineapple in particular can also help with asthma and chronic sinusitis.

3)  Spices and omega-3 fats are also useful in treating types of chronic pain.  The fats found in fish, for example, can help reduce inflammation, and ginger and pepper have been found to reduce pain.

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