Nutrition for Pain Relief
Nutrition is an important but often-overlooked part of chronic pain relief treatment. By working with an experienced provider of nutrition services, patients dealing with any number of injuries and conditions can start to improve their long-term health and see short-term improvements in their symptoms. That’s because the foods we eat have a significant effect on the body’s inflammatory response and its ability to heal.
Learn more about the benefits of nutrition services as part of a conservative treatment program by reading our brief guide below. If you have any questions or want to learn more after reading this article, don’t hesitate to get in touch with BEST!
The Benefits of Nutrition Services
Good nutrition is a cornerstone of healthy living. There are numerous long-term benefits of nutritious eating, including:
- Improved weight management
- Improved immune system
- Stronger muscles and connective tissues
- Better circulation and lower cholesterol
- Decreased inflammation
Unfortunately, the media is full of contradicting advice about nutrition and “fad diet” programs. Misinformation can make developing and sticking with a healthy diet difficult. But when you work with a healthcare professional trained in the science of nutrition services, you can learn about evidence-based dietary guidelines and practices. A nutrition expert will help you create a healthy eating plan that is right for your medical needs and lifestyle.
What to Expect from Nutrition Services
First and foremost, you can expect a nutrition expert to help you find a healthy eating plan that fits your medical needs. For example, if you have chronic pain related to a neurological or degenerative condition, your nutrition provider may recommend an anti-inflammatory diet.
Inflammatory foods like processed sugar, wheat, and saturated fats can increase the body’s inflammatory response, which in turn can worsen the pain. As an alternative to inflammatory foods, your nutritionist may recommend eating more unsaturated fats, such as avocados, and antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Nutrition services experts can also help you manage your weight by providing education about portion control and avoiding high-calorie/low-nutrient foods and drinks. This education can be especially beneficial if you have a spine, hip, or knee issue that’s causing pain. Excess weight increases pressure on weight-bearing joints, which leads to increased joint pain.
By committing to healthy eating as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, many people are able to find lasting relief and improved mobility.
Learn More About Nutrition Services With BEST
If you’re ready to get back to doing the activities you love without pain, nutrition services may be able to help. Contact BEST Health System today to speak with one of our dedicated patient care coordinators and find out more!
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