eight ways to treat your chronic pain

Stay Hydrated

According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration may aggravate the symptoms of some chronic conditions, like headaches and back pain. Although it may be tempting to load up on coffee, soda, or juice, their diuretic effect makes them poor sources for hydration. Water keeps you hydrated without the extra calories, sodium, or caffeine.

Foods to Eat

An easy-to-digest diet free from processed foods can alleviate inflammation, according to studies published the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Foods that may alleviate inflammation that leads to pain include leafy greens, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, asparagus, low-sugar fruits (cherries, cranberries, plums, pineapple), and soy products.

Foods to Limit

Inflammation is a common cause of pain, and certain chemicals in foods may exacerbate it. Stay away from these possible inflammation instigators:

nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant)
citrus fruits
high-fat red meat
wheat products
processed foods
red wine, coffee, tea, and soda