The saying “you are what you eat” also applies to chronic pain. Did you know that many chronic pain conditions are a direct result of chronic inflammation? Your poor diet can be blamed for the increased systemic inflammation of your body. And even if inflammation is not causing or worsening your chronic pain, studies have shown that overweight people suffering from chronic pain tend to be more susceptible to more severe pain levels than those who aren’t. That does not mean you need to be on a strict diet, but you do need to monitor your pain and your weight.
What Not to Eat
You need to watch out for certain foods that can worsen your condition. As a rule of thumb, foods that are high in saturated fats, salt, and sugar are bad for you. In other words, all junk foods are bad for your health, especially if you have arthritis. Likewise, a diet that is high in concentrated fats and calories makes you prone to obesity. They may also worsen the intensity of your chronic pain.
The Fundamentals of Healthy Eating
- Eat more vegetables and fruits. A diet deficient in vegetables and fruits can potentially increase inflammation, which is a bad thing if you have joint or muscular pain. Make sure to add more fresh fruits and leafy greens into your diet.
- Avoid refined food. Try to avoid processed foods with lots of sugar for better health and wellness in general.
- Eat more whole grains and beans. Start using whole grain pasta. Instead of white bread, start eating wheat bread. As for beans, you can simply add chickpeas to your salad.
- Drink more water. This one’s a no-brainer. Water keeps the body hydrated, so it is an essential component of life. However, do make sure that you drink more plain water, as it is free from calories, sugar, caffeine, and sodium, unlike juice or soda.
Going to pain management clinics can help you manage your pain, but you also need to do your part in making sure that you stay pain-free for as long as possible. One step you can take while at home is to eat healthy foods. If you’re not sure which foods to eat and which ones to avoid, the expert pain doctors of Pain Stop Clinics can assist you with that. We are committed to healing you from the inside out, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.