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"The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
-Thomas A. Edison
Considerable scientific information and clinical observation have accumulated in recent years showing that people suffering from chronic pain—particularly the debilitating, severe form requiring opioid treatment—could significantly benefit from a healthier diet and more exercise.
Low-grade chronic inflammation is now known to be a driver of most chronic degenerative diseases. By making unhealthy lifestyle choices, an individual’s body is transformed into a “state” of chronic inflammation. This transformation may not be felt until an obvious clinical sign or symptom presents itself. We have come to understand that stress, lack of sleep, a sedentary lifestyle, and inflammatory dietary choices represent types of “non-traumatic” biochemical injury, which causes our cells to generate a low-grade chronic inflammatory state by releasing increased levels of inflammatory mediators. In addition, food sensitivities and intestinal bacterial dysbiosis can result in leaky gut and other digestive disorders which can impact the immune system. Diet is one of the greatest contributing factors to health because the chemistry of the diet is reflected as the chemistry of the cells. In other words…you are literally what you eat.
So, what can you do to improve your diet? An anti-inflammatory, low glycemic diet that is calorically appropriate, has adequate amounts of protein and lipids, sufficient omega 3 fatty acids, and be rich in phytonutrients, micronutrients, and fiber will make a significant contribution to reducing inflammation and enhancing your immune system. Cutting, out processed foods filled with harmful fats and sugars is a key step to better health. Buying fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as choosing hormone free, grass fed meat is another important step. Preparing meals from scratch using fresh ingredients instead of those from bags, boxes or cans ensures both the quality and the nutritional content of your meal. Lastly, an elimination diet may reveal the culprits behind various health issues. Certain foods such as nightshade vegetables or those high in purines or lectins, as well as eggs, meat, dairy, nuts, soy and wheat could be the source of your digestive, muscle or joint pain. Removing the offending food or going on a rotation diet could alleviate some of the pain and discomfort.
Movement through low impact exercise also has major health benefits in keeping your weight under control, improving your balance and range of motion, strengthening your bones, protecting your joints, preventing bladder control problems, and even warding off memory loss.
Some of the best types of exercise to incorporate into a regular routine are swimming, Tai Chi, cycling on a stationary bike and walking.
In addition to these lifestyle changes, ensure you get adequate and restful sleep, keep your mind active with social activities and mental exercises and take measures to reduce stress levels through better coping mechanisms and resiliency.