Good nutrition can help patients maintain a healthy weight, reduce joint and spine pressure, and limit the risks of diseases like diabetes and cancer. There are new studies that suggest certain foods can reduce inflammation, the sensation of pain, and improve a patient’s mood.

Research shows that diet should play an important part of a pain management program -- especially as patients get older. Incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet into your daily routine can often eliminate unpleasant side effects of medications that cause brain fog, memory loss and sleepiness.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce migraine pain and arthritis inflammation. Tryptophan and soy products might help reduce neuropathic pain. Fiber can help reduce constipation. Green tea and cherries have pain relieving properties. Overall, it is important to consume cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage), restrict dairy, replace grains with whole grains (oats, brown rice), and avoid red meat.