A balanced diet is a basis for good health because the body needs to take many nutrients and other substances from the food to perform and recover all its functions. It’s vital to eat well in order to live well, basically. But in the case of pathologies that cause chronic pain, some of these nutrients and other substances in food are essential.
This is the case of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which help to combat oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, both of which are harmful to the body, as they unbalance all systems, alter metabolism and worsen pathologies such as obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and other situations that lead to chronic pain.
Chronic pain can be tackled with a diet composed of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods
With a balanced diet, patients with chronic pain can address their condition. The pain can be treated with a diet rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods. On the other hand, it is essential in cases of chronic pain to avoid the intake of foods that increase inflammation in the body, such as foods with added sugars, red meat and its derivatives, or refined carbohydrates (pasta, bread, pastries, biscuits), in addition to processed foods, fried foods, sauces, and very fatty products.
Anti-inflammatory foods, such as vegetables and fruits, and foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and various antioxidants should be consumed. Also, nuts and dried fruits, as well as fatty fish, should be introduced by patients with chronic pain in their diets because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fiber which will help to maintain a good state of intestinal transit which, at its turn, would tackle the inflammation in the body.
On the other hand, the nutritionists stress that all vegetable foods, such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and so on contain antioxidants which fight the oxidative stress and help patients with chronic pain.