Dear Hungry For A Cure:
Yes—especially if you eat the rainbow! Studies show that eating anti-inflammatory foods (think berries!) and taking certain supplements (hey, Vitamin D!) can lower pain from musculoskeletal injuries (Medonca, 2020).
How does what you eat affect how you feel? In part, because pain (a subjective experience that is different for each person) is often closely related to inflammation (the body’s normal response to injury). While inflammation awakens the body’s power to heal after an injury, infection or surgery, it can also cause damage by accidentally targeting the body’s own healthy tissue—causing painful chronic conditions like osteoarthritis and tendonitis. Thankfully, certain foods (like those berries you could be tossing in your breakfast bowl) possess powerful nutrients that can dampen this inflammatory process and the pain you may be feeling.
“Managing your diet and lifestyle are the two best ways to keep chronic inflammation under control,” says Christi Bowling, a Vori Health Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. “At Vori, we help you make more anti-inflammatory food choices and provide you with personalized supplement recommendations to help to alleviate your MSK pain.”
Make sure what you eat matters. Talk to a Vori Health nutritionist about the right recipes and supplements to help you feel your best.