Nutrition plays a huge role in our health and functioning. From gut health and proper neurotransmitter functioning to pain and inflammation, the nutritional choices you make can greatly impact your quality of life.
Arthritis is a perfect example; many people have found that by choosing nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory foods they can decrease their pain and disease progression.
In particular, a vegan diet, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, has been a beneficial lifestyle change for people suffering from arthritis pain. Others have found relief from a Mediterranean-style diet of fish, nuts and seeds, brands, fruits, vegetables and olive oil. At the very least, limiting processed foods and dairy can help decrease the inflammation that causes pain.
Other helpful diet and lifestyle changes include:
Omega-3 fatty acids
Maintaining a healthy weight
High anti-oxidant foods
Improve gut health
Not every diet works for everyone, some people do better going vegan, others keto or paleo, Mediterranean, and so on. It may take some trial and error to find what works best for you. That said, most people see improvements in their health, functioning, and wellbeing by eating more nutrient-dense foods and limiting processed, chemical-laden “food.” Start by adding more healthy, inflammation-fighting, nutrient-rich foods. Pay attention to how you feel, and what seems to increase or decrease your symptoms, and go from there.
If you need additional guidance or help with your nutrition or arthritis pain, schedule a consultation with The Points of Health. We offer acupuncture for pain, nutritional therapy and food coaching, and natural herbs and remedies to help you improve your well-being and feel your best! Contact us now to get started!