Did it ever occur to you that the foods you are eating can actually contribute to your chronic pain? Certain foods can exacerbate your pain while others actually help to relieve it. If you suffer from chronic pain, keep reading to learn about the best foods for chronic pain.
Our immune system is set up to fight off infection and help us heal from injuries. When something attacks our body, those hero white blood cells come to the rescue. When the injury heals or the infection goes away, sometimes our immune system can become “whacky” and stay on guard for other attacks due to poor diet choices. Over time it damages our healthy cells and causes constant pain in our muscles, tissue, and joints.
In addition, chronic pain results from chronic inflammation, and our diet contributes to systemic inflammation. Chronic low grade inflammation remains, and it can contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions.
Our immune system reacts to an unhealthy diet in much the same way it responds to bacterial infections. Deficiencies in micronutrients like zinc, selenium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A, B6, C, and E can alter the function of our immune system.
For the most part the Mediterranean diet seems to work best. It consists of the following:
Aim for variety with each meal. Some other general recommendations for reducing chronic pain is to drink more water, maintain a healthy body weight, and avoid sugar spike foods.
Before drastically changing any dietary plan, check with your provider at Weirton Medical Center. To schedule your consultation, please call (304) 797-6DOC and request an appointment at our offices in Weirton, WV.