Shwetha Bhatia

Food & Pain: What's the link?

March, 2017
The Master Responds

If we are not feeding our cells appropriately, or we are feeding our cells toxic products or inflammatory products, the end result is going to be inflammation and pain

Nutrition can affect pain through many mechanisms. There's plenty of evidence to suggest that nutrition is helpful for pain management at multiple levels, including musculoskeletal and neurogenic pain.

INFLAMMATION:

The food that you eat can influence inflammation, cause a change within the gut bacteria, modulate the immune system, improve joint function, and eliminate pain triggers.

A poor diet produces (read highly processed foods, high carbs) signs of inflammation, such as elevated C-reactive protein (CRP). High CRP levels can increase the risk of low back pain and there's a direct response to the dose. Higher the CRP, the more intense the pain is, and the more it can interfere with activities of daily living.

The lack of diversity in your gut bacteria caused by the diet is directly linked to many types of pain, including chronic pelvic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Consuming highly processed foods can also affect mast (immune) cells, which become "hyper-excitable," again causing pain. Several pain related disorders like migraines, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain are connected to mast cell–mediated mechanisms of nociception, or in simpler terms pain perception.

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