Yes! What you eat and your nutrition can really influence and control your pain.
Plant extracts, vitamins, functional foods, minerals, nutraceuticals, and therapeutic diets might be utilized to improve symptoms in chronic pain. Inflammation, cytokines, neurohormones, and oxidative stress all play important roles in persistent pain conditions. Many aspects of immune and neuroendocrine function may be modified by dietary factors such as phenols, saponins, sterols, and antioxidants.Inflammation may be controlled at different levels. For example, Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation can modify the eicosanoid cascade, tipping the balance toward an anti-inflammatory profile. Lowering insulin and neurotoxin levels may also help to reduce inflammation. Flavonoids, such as rutin and quercetin, and retinoids, such as vitamin A.
I often suggest an anti-inflammatory diet. This can be a big change from the typical North American diet. This diet is designed as a guide to reduce foods that promote inflammation and increase the foods that support healthy cellular function and healing. Following this diet, you should experience less joint and muscle pain, improvements in blood sugar regulation, weight loss, more energy, improved sleep and a reduction in inflammatory processes within your body. The closer you follow this diet, the sooner you will resolve your pain and the faster you will respond to other treatments being done by your health care practitioner.
Following it is a challenge, but it is well worth it. Some patients start to feel much better in as little as two weeks. They have substantial pain relief. All this without bad side effects.With these approaches, I have seen patients overcome disabling pain and resume an active life without medications.
Some examples of chronic pain conditions that may be amenable to dietary interventions include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, migraine headache, chronic abdominal pain, Crohn’s disease, and arthralgia. Dietary interventions for pain include increasing fruit and vegetable intake, consumption of grass-fed beef and DHA eggs, lowering lectin consumption, adding functional foods such as soy and green tea, and elimination of food allergens. Lowering inflammatory cytokines and modifying the eicosanoid cascade with n-3 fats may attenuate systemic inflammation.Neuroendocrine perturbations, notably of cortisol and growth hormone, exist in many chronic pain states. Vital neurohormones such as melatonin and serotonin may be lower in chronic pain patients in connection with plasma amino acid imbalances.
Neuroendocrine perturbations, notably of cortisol and growth hormone, exist in many chronic pain states. Vital neurohormones such as melatonin and serotonin may be lower in chronic pain patients in connection with plasma amino acid imbalances.
Metabolic deficits in mitochondrial function and glycemic control should also be addressed in order to reduce systemic inflammation and oxidative stress. Acid-base disturbances, primarily of dietary origin, may contribute to the progression of osteoporosis, which can lead to painful fractures and disability. The cartilage destruction seen in osteoarthritis is the result of an imbalance between catabolic and anabolic activity and may be modified by various antioxidants, as well as glucosamine, Chondroitin, and SAMe.Evidence indicates that obesity and insulin resistance contribute to chronic inflammation, providing good rationale for aggressive lifestyle and diet intervention in obese patients with chronic pain conditions. Targeted clinical nutritional interventions may effectively inhibit synthesis of inflammatory prostaglandins and cytokines.
Evidence indicates that obesity and insulin resistance contribute to chronic inflammation, providing good rationale for aggressive lifestyle and diet intervention in obese patients with chronic pain conditions. Targeted clinical nutritional interventions may effectively inhibit synthesis of inflammatory prostaglandins and cytokines.
The foods we eat play a powerful role in pain management.The cellular membrane theory teaches us that the absorption of necessary molecules into a cell and its mitochondria depends on the bioavailability of nutrients from food .and supplements in the diet. Each cell, tissue, organ, and system of our bodies depends on the nutritional signals we send. Although it has been practically ignored by allopathic medicine for many decades, nutrition is truly the foundation of medicine and healing. Without a proper foundation, any structure will be weak and ultimately ineffective. Food is medicine!
Nutritional medicine for pain also requires an understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease process. Pain Ease practitioners assess your nutritional need ,then they can then prescribe ingredients with specific roles in mitigating the disease process, such as reduction of inflammation, or with specific effects on other factors contributing to pain, such as stress and insomnia. The combined treatment of the primary cause and the secondary contributing factors helps the patient to be more comfortable and to have patience to observe the benefit of nutritional treatment which is usually slower than pharmacological pain control.
We present guidelines for foods and supplements that can help in managing pain. First, the basics of a strong foundational diet, including anti- inflammatory ingredients. Then, several key supplements that have been shown to be helpful for pain conditions will be discussed and prescribed with specific dietary guidelines and supplement selections for each pain condition.
There is a great deal of historical evidence that reveals the extensive use of botanicals for the relief of pain. Plants with analgesic, anti-inflammatory and/or anti-spasmodic activities were widely employed and continue to be used .Most healthcare professionals are well aware of the powerful role that opiates play in the management of pain. Historical documents reveal that opium was well-known by the early physicians in Egypt, Rome and Greece.
Another Historical example is Willow (Salix spp) and other salicin-rich plants is another example of the powerful role botanicals have played in the management of pain. The analgesic and antipyretic properties of willow were noted by ancient Egyptian, Greek, Indian, and Roman civilizations. When reviewing the historical data and contemporary research, it is clear that plants have played a role in easing the suffering of humankind and assisted researchers in their understanding of the transmission of pain.
Given the vast number of botanicals that have yet to be explored for their medicinal effects, it is likely that plants will continue to contribute to our understanding and management of pain. Although there are many botanical remedies that are purported to be efficacious for specific pain conditions, the research literature reflects only a small percentage of these plant products and there is definitely a need for more rigorous and creative research in this area.
Healthcare providers at Pain Ease clinic dialogue with patients about a wide variety of herbal treatment options from scientific and evidence perspective, including those that fall outside what was learned during their formal training.