Nutrition & Diet Counseling for Headache and Pain-related Issues
Nutrition education and diet counseling help people understand and identify the triggers for headaches and factors that cause pain to increase or decrease. Chronic unremitting pain problems may lead to depression, anxiety, and work problems. Training can help minimize the impact of these factors.
Diet counseling may play a very important role in headache pain management for two reasons:
- A poor diet is a very common and frequently overlooked factor of headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia;
- A poor diet can adversely affect one’s ability to cope with any pain by changing one’s mood, sensitivity to pain, and sense of well being.
Diet is an important part of the treatment for headaches and pain management. Certain foods may be triggers for headaches and foods with high sugar content can cause hyper/hypoglycemic rebound headaches. Many times, the foods you eat can aggravate and worsen your symptoms. By knowing which foods may be aggravating your illness, you can avoid some symptoms before they start. The first step is to understand your eating habits and lifestyle by keeping a food diary, thereby closely examining what you eat and how you feel later. Click here to learn more about our Headache and Pain services.
For more information on nutritional counseling offered at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (314) 289-9411, you can also choose to complete our online inquiry form. We look forward to speaking with you.