Pain Relief Through Better Nutrition
One of the most overlooked health effects of our nutritional choices is the association with pain. Our pain receptors are stimulated by many things, one of which is inflammation. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that anti-inflammatory foods can play a significant role in controlling or even eliminating some forms of pain:
1. Migraine Headaches
30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches
Helpful Nutrients For Migraine: Increased water intake, riboflavin magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and mono-unsaturated fats in olive oil.
An inflammation condition that causes chest pain, through generally not chronic or life-threatening. Can mimic cardiac symptoms, so that needs to be ruled out first.
Helpful Nutrients For Costochondritis: There are several ways to treat costochodritis with conventional medicine. Nutritionally speaking, anti-inflammatory agents such as ginger, curcumin or boswellin can be effective pain revilers
3. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease are inflammatory conditions in the small intestine and colon. Health care cost of more than $1.7 billion.
Helpful Nutrients For IBD: Help control symptoms by minimizing sweets & alcohol. Add omega-3 fatty acids, which may have an anti-inflammatory effect (salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines).
Nutritional deficiency risks (condition or associated medications): vitamins A,D, E, B12 and K, folate, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and Zinc.
50 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. That number is expected to reach 67 million by 2030.
Helpful Nutrients For Arthritis: Ease joint pain and alleviate weight and a diet high in omega-3 essential fatty acids.
5. Peripheral Neuropathy
Nerve damage caused by injury, autoimmune responses, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, among others. Symptoms include muscle weakness, numbness (usually hands and feet) and pain.
Helpful Nutrients For Peripheral Neuropathy: Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can often be controlled by maintaining an optimal weight, exercising, avoiding toxins, eating a balanced diet and limiting alcohol consumption