Nutrition for Pain Management

Nutrition for Pain Management

There are many ways to treat and manage chronic pain. One of the most natural, and often overlooked, approaches I recommend to my patients is trying the anti-inflammatory diet.

Inflammation is the response to injury or infection and Pain is an uncomfortable and distressing sensation that signals to you that there is a problem in your body. The typical Western-style diet is heavy on foods that promote inflammation, including highly processed foods and refined carbs.

Following an anti-inflammatory diet can provide long term relief for chronic pain sufferers that medication alone cannot offer.

What is an anti-inflammatory diet?
A fiber-rich diet can help reduce inflammation by providing the body with naturally occurring anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods. Eating clean, gluten and dairy free foods can also help. Make sure to consume a plenty of rich fatty fish like WILD salmon and sardines, green leafy vegetables and nuts.

Some common inflammatory foods to avoid: Shellfish, peanuts, white flour (gluten), wheat, sugar, corn, processed food, citrus fruits, caffeine and alcohol.

Anti-inflammatory foods to include in your diet: Kale, collards, spinach, walnuts, almonds, berries and cherries. Wild salmon, sardines and cod. Certain herbs and supplements like fish oil, curcumin, boswellia serrata, white willow bark can also be used as augmenters of pain treatment and reducing inflammation. Natural herbs may work slower than conventional pain relief treatment that offers immediate relief but might be a safer long-term alternative.

I always suggest to patients who are being treated for pain to consult with their primary care physician about getting tested for food allergies and micronutrient deficiencies. This ensures the appropriate treatment and care plan is being followed and nothing is missed.

At Hudson Wellness we offer medical pain management as well as nutritional guidance and treatments to help reduce and alleviate your pain. We also offer food allergy and micronutrient testing.

To request more information or book in for a nutrition consultation, micronutrient test or medical pain management appointment phone 646.882.6278 or email info@hudsonwellness.nyc.

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