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Food and beverage choices are important for providing energy and nutrients to your body to improve health, manage disease, and reduce the risk of disease. Numerous medical studies have linked an unhealthy diet and poor nutrition to numerous health issues. Many Americans fail to get the nutrients they need on a daily basis, and therefore it prevents their body from fighting against their chronic pain. Chronic pain patients may feel as though making a goal to live a healthier lifestyle is a wasted effort, as these individuals are usually in excruciating pain; However, changing your lifestyle habits could be the start to a pain-free life.
How can diet & nutrition help pain?
A balanced diet and nutritional meals are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. For those with chronic pain, eating healthy can also help to alleviate the pain you are experiencing. Patients who follow a strict vegan diet have seen a complete turnaround in their pain symptoms. A vegan diet, or just healthier eating inspired by a vegan diet, can control insulin and cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation, which is the main culprit. Another diet source that has recently been found to decrease inflammation and lower bad cholesterol are foods containing high levels Omega-3 fatty acids. One of the easiest ways to add it to your diet is through ground flax seed. Other food sources that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids are whole, real food sources, especially wild-caught seafood.