There’s a lot of people out there who think that they are stuck with their illness. That they will gain no relief from it except with drugs. They poo-poo the idea that nutrition might help them with their acute or chronic conditions.
I would never claim to cure a person – I simply help support the healing process of my client’s body. But there are plenty of ways that nutrition can help support pretty much any chronic condition. From chronic pain to diabetes to genetic conditions, there’s help at hand. Here are just a few of them.
Nutrition For Chronic Conditions
Nutrition can reduce your inflammation
Most chronic conditions have inflammation as either a root cause or as a consequence of the condition. In both cases, it can cause system-wide symptoms. From digestive upsets to skin breakouts, to pain and fatigue, they make a big impact.
The right nutrition can bring down this inflammation within your body, through multiple pathways. A common anti-inflammatory food is oily fish. This reduces inflammation through stopping multiple inflammatory compounds. It also forms anti-inflammatory compounds.
Nutrition can replace the nutrients lost
A lot of chronic conditions lead to depletion of essential nutrients. This can leave you feeling tired, lower your immune system, and reduce your pain threshold.
Female conditions that lead to heavy menstruation can cause iron and B12 deficiency. Conditions that strain the immune system can cause zinc deficiency or copper overload.
Nutrition can help correct these issues, whether they are frank or borderline. This will help lift your health back up so that you can look after yourself and enjoy your day-to-day life again.
Nutrition can boost levels of supportive nutrients
Nutrients can play an incredibly supportive role in chronic disease and symptom relief. A common nutrient used to support pain clients is magnesium. This acts as a muscle relaxant and can reset your pain threshold. Zinc can help with conditions that require ongoing repair of tissues. Vitamin D can aid the immune function even when you’re prone to every illness that goes around.
Nutrition can help identify the best nutrients to support your needs, and the levels you should aim for daily for the greatest effect.
Nutrition can identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms
Just as there are helpful nutrients and foods, there are some that may trigger your symptoms. Common intolerances such as gluten and dairy are well known these days. But there are many others that are less well known, such as histamine, salicylates, and fructose. These can trigger a wide variety of symptoms, from itchiness to fatigue, from headaches to bloating and bowel changes.
Having an intolerance doesn’t mean that removing the food will make your condition disappear. But it could mean relief from your most debilitating symptoms.
Looking for nutritional support for your chronic condition? Make sure you work with a qualified health professional.