Nutrition and pain

NUTRITION, STRESS AND PAIN ARE DIRECTLY RELATED

When our brain and body are stressed, we do not digest food very well, even with a healthy diet. This can cause diarrhea or constipation and add to pain. Good nutrition will improve your gut health and change your experience with pain.

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE HELPS YOUR PAIN

If your patients make healthy food choices, prepare food at home, and eat with friends and family in a relaxed environment, many of their digestion problems are likely to improve. Restful sleep, regular activity, and a good social life can also help with pain.

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Download the handout to learn about:

  • The Gut Microbiome and Pain
  • Why the Gut Microbiome is Important: The Gut-Brain Axis
  • Gut-Barrier Integrity
  • How the Gut Microbiome can be Disrupted
  • the Effect of Antibiotics
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