Additional benefits of losing weight are regaining some joy of movement and an improved quality of life. Losing weight can mean returning to activities that you miss out on. Shedding extra weight can also improve other health markers, such as blood pressure, insulin levels, cholesterol, and quality of sleep.
Some research suggests nutrition and diet can help with management of pain relief. There is an increasing amount of research aimed at finding out if there are any foods that help with reducing inflammation (read: potentially reducing pain!).
For instance, there are some studies that may indicate that certain foods, herbs or spices may help reduce inflammation throughout your body, which is key for pain relief. An article about diet and joint pain8 from Arthritis Research UK is a great resource for summarizing the current debate. However there isn’t yet an overall conclusion on anti-inflammatory diets and the European Food Standards Authority has rejected some of those claims – so take them with a pinch of salt!
Eating a diet full of potentially inflammation-reducing foods – the kinds that may help with pain relief – will likely help us lose weight. Let’s face it. A healthy menu of foods packed with nutrients and healthy fats may not only help reduce inflammation in our body, but can have us looking trim and fit, as well.
Back pain, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis are all affected by what we eat.9 Consult your healthcare professional and dietitian for a holistic management of these conditions, in many cases they might need prescribed medicines, physiotherapy, psychological support with behavioral changes, and specific food restrictions or advice. Please always read the label of any medicines and pain management products prior to use.
If you experience overweight hip pain, ankle pain, or knee pain, you may have Osteoarthritis and it’s best to make an appointment with your doctor for a diagnosis and to find out more about these symptoms. Weight management can prove quite helpful in this case. Losing even just a few kilograms can significantly reduce knee pain, for instance.10
Weight management tips
If you’re interested in the weight management route of pain relief, the next step is learning a bit on how to lose weight.
The compounds found in food can have a profound effect on our bodies. When it comes to pain relief, sometimes it’s not merely about losing weight but how to lose weight, that makes the most impact.
Without further ado, here are our weight management tips geared toward pain relief. Keep them posted on your fridge. Write them in your journal. Take them into account when you’re planning your grocery shopping list.