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​Nutrition and Chronic Disease

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 disease (including 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

BC Health Guide - Healthy EatingBC Health Guide - Healthy Eating
Happify: Science-Based Emotional Well-being AppHappify
Healthy EatingPublic Health Agency of Canada
Healthy Eating -
Healthy Lifestyle and Eating WellUniversity of California Berkeley
NutritionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
Nutrition Search EnginesUniversity of California Berkeley
The Healthy Eating ManualOntario Public Health Association
Tools of Change

Related Organizations

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 Canada – Getting Healthy, Reduce Stress
Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia
Sport BC
​Reviewed by Marc White PhD, Scientific & Executive Director, WWDPI (See Review Criteria)

Last Modified: 6/5/2018 3:09 PM