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​Nutrition and Chronic Pain

Although there is no strong evidence base specifically linking what you eat to your experience of general chronic pain, there are certain diseases where some types of foods or nutritional supplements can result in increased pain and discomfort (such as Crohn’s Disease, Gout, Kidney Stones, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease GERD, Mouth Sores ).

People with migraine pain often report that certain foods trigger migraines (as well as other sudden changes in lifestyle behaviours or environmental eposures), and some health practitioners advise avoiding suspected food triggers. However, rigorous evidence linking consistency of diet with improvement in migraine is very limited.

Regardless of any direct effect of nutrition on chronic pain, healthy eating helps with your state of overall physical and mental health.

Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods from the four food groups to feel good and maintain your health. Eating well along with being active can also lower your risk of disease and help you reach - and maintain - a healthy weight.  - Health Canada

What are the health effects of good – or bad – nutrition? Learn about the science behind nutrition and risk of disease.

In terms of nutrition and mental health, recent research suggests a link between dietary habits and risk of depression.

Other ways that nutrition impacts your health

Nutrition Resources

Sponsor Organization
BC HealthGuide
HealthLink BC
CIRPD webinars - Self-Management
Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
Happify: Science-Based Emotional Well-being App
Healthy Eating
Public Health Agency of Canada
Healthy Lifestyle and Eating Well
University of California Berkeley
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nutrition Search Engines
University of California Berkeley
Other Ways Nutrition Impacts Your Health: Cancer Prevention
World Cancer Research Fund International
The Healthy Eating Manual
Ontario Public Health Association
Tools of Change

​Nutrition Organizations

BC Directory of Health Researchers and Trainees
BC Health Coalition
BC Healthy Living Alliance
BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU)
British Columbia Lung Association
Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC (COSCO)
Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon
Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia - Find a Physiotherapist
Sport BC
​Reviewed by Marc White PhD, Scientific & Executive Director, CIRPD (See Review Criteria)

Last Modified: 5/5/2016 4:35 PM