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Pain Pills are a Last Resort. Start with your Diet.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

— Hippocrates, Father of medicine, 431 B.C.


“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
― Thomas A. Edison


Do you really want to read a post where I try to convince you of something you already know? Let’s set some ground rules so we can skip to the good stuff:

  1. The foods you eat are the building blocks for every cell in your body.
  2. Healthy food has the same anti-inflammatory effects as medication with less side effects.
  3. Knowing what to eat is easier than actually eating it.

So what happens next?  You’re either thinking to yourself:

I like the way I eat. I’m not in any pain. My doctor says I’m healthy. – Cool. I’m happy you’re happy. If you’re ever interested in altering your diet to achieve your health and fitness goals, we’re here to help.

I’ve tried anti-inflammatory diets in the past and I’m still in a lot of pain. – I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the results you were looking for in the past but I’m glad you tried! It’s fantastic that you understand the value of nutrition.  Don’t lose that motivation you once felt because, I’m not going to lie, even once you find a personalized solution that will work for you, eating healthy is still a lot of work.

There is also a likelihood that inflammation is not the only source of your pain. Chronic pain often has a mechanical component that may be contributing to the source of your discomfort. The doctors at Universal Chiropractic first conduct a thorough physical examination for all first time patients. Before you decide to try your anti-inflammatory diet again, schedule an appointment and get treatment plan that addresses each of the potential sources of your pain.

I’m eating an anti-inflammatory diet right now and it’s not enough. I’m still achy all the time. – When you’ve been sticking to your diet and it’s still not working, it’s possible you’re still not getting all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. There are a number of reasons this could be.

  • Drug Induced Nutrient Depletion – Whether you occasionally take a pharmaceutical like an antibiotic, or count on a drug long term such as a cholesterol lowering statin, your need for specific nutrients increases. You must be aware that many prescriptions, as well as commonly used over-the-counter drugs, cause potentially serious nutrient depletions.


  • Poor Nutrient Absorption – The main role of your small intestine is to absorb nutrients from the food you eat into your bloodstream. Malabsorption syndrome refers to a number of disorders in which the small intestine can’t absorb enough of certain nutrients and fluids. These nutrients can be macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), or both.


  • High Nutrient Demand – As we increase the demands on our body, our body’s nutritional needs also increase proportionately. These demands could be a sickness we’re fighting off or an increase in activity.

Whatever the reason, if you’re diet isn’t working, consider supplementing your diet with whole food supplements from Standard Process. Standard Process products include foods that are prepared in a way that safeguards their nutritional value. The majority of these ingredients are grown locally on our certified organic farm and may require chopping, dicing, juicing, and/or drying for use in our products. The resulting whole food ingredients are then added to a formula that may include whole food extracts, animal tissue extracts and concentrates, botanicals, whole food isolates, and synthetic ingredients. These highly complex combinations contain a variety of elements designed to trigger trophic effects that support the body’s healthy balance and wellness.

Schedule an appointment with Universal Chiropractic today and let us ensure you’re getting the quality nutrients you need to live an active and pain-free lifestyle.