When treating pain, most people focus on medications to relieve their suffering and rarely consider that food can have as much or more of an effect than taking medications. Every bite you put into your mouth breaks into its components along its trip through your digestive tract. In this respect, food is no different from medication.

Changing a diet has the potential to do more than cause weight loss. Special diets can improve survival after a heart attack, help control diabetes, and reduce the risk of complications from these and other serious medical conditions. Researchers have begun to explore whether or not foods have the ability to reduce pain. I believe that most chronic pain patients can gain significant improvement from dietary changes.

Without exception, every single patient of mine who has put effort into improving their diet has gained improvement in pain control as well. A healthy diet has the potential not only to extend your life, but also to improve how well you feel.