As a functional nutrition coach, I believe in the power of food to help with the pain. I’ve seen it work time and time again. But there’s more to it than just eating healthier—that alone won’t cure chronic pain. It’s about looking at what you’re eating when you’re eating it and how you’re feeling while you eat it. So let me walk you through my approach to helping body pain using food as medicine.

Let’s start with how we can heal our gut health through diet:

First off, the good news is that this is the easiest part! As long as you’re eating more plants than animal products (yes even if those animals were raised organically), then you’re already doing most of what it takes to improve your gut health by following a plant-based diet rich in fiber and antioxidants (like berries). Bonus points if your meals include fermented foods like sauerkraut or kombucha because these also help boost probiotics in your digestive tract–which are key for keeping inflammation down so things don’t flare up!

Pain is not just normal, it isn’t something we have to put up with forever.

Pain is a warning sign.

Pain is not just normal, it isn’t something we have to put up with forever.

Chronic pain can be managed, healed, and prevented.

What is the true cause of pain?

When pain happens, it is often a sign that something is wrong in your body. That’s because the nervous system has a way of detecting what your organs need and then letting you know by sending out pain signals. So when you have an upset stomach, for example, the brain sends a signal to let you know that it needs some help with digestion. If left untreated, this can lead to inflammation or even more serious conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Pain can also be caused by many other things than just physical damage or illness: emotional stress causes increased levels of cortisol which cause muscle tension; digestive dysfunction such as candida overgrowth leads to bloating and gas; harmful gut bacteria can cause food sensitivities; nutritional deficiencies result in inflammation throughout the body; mineral imbalances create nerve problems. The list goes on! Pain is just one symptom of these underlying issues but if left untreated will often get worse until it becomes chronic – meaning long-term and ongoing – which can lead to more serious health problems down the line if not treated properly with functional nutrition coaching support!


Inflammation is a natural response to injury or irritation. When you stub your toe, for example, inflammation will be triggered to help repair the damage and stop it from getting worse. This is what we want when we’re healing from an injury.

But if inflammation becomes chronic (long-lasting) — meaning it lasts more than two weeks — then it can cause problems because of all the extra energy that your body spends trying to heal itself after each flare-up. Studies have shown that chronic inflammation may contribute to food allergies and intolerances, as well as some autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Inflammation can also be caused by many other factors besides injuries — things like stress and lack of sleep, which can increase the body’s production of chemicals associated with inflammation. And certain foods have been linked with high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (chemicals involved in causing pain). In other words: Your diet directly affects how inflamed you feel!

Digestive dysfunction

The gut and brain interact in a lot of ways. The first step to improving your gut health is understanding how they work together. The gut, aka the enteric nervous system, controls digestion and other bodily functions such as blood flow and immune responses. It’s also made up of more than 100 trillion microbes called the microbiome that lines your intestines. Your gut bacteria help break down food so it can be absorbed into the bloodstream, produce vitamins and nutrients for your body to use, support overall metabolic function, protect you from harmful bacteria and viruses, and regulate inflammation (which is why probiotics are so great for reducing pain), improve nutrient absorption…

It seems like a lot! But wait – there’s more! A healthy microbiome can even help reduce pain by balancing out hormones like serotonin (the happy hormone) with tryptophan (an amino acid found in turkey). Tryptophan gets converted into serotonin with help from probiotics in our guts; when we have enough tryptophan floating around we feel good! That means having a strong digestive function is key to reducing chronic aches all over our bodies because it affects our brain chemistry too — not just how well we digest foods or absorb nutrients!

Emotional stress

When you experience emotional stress, it can cause pain. It is also a major cause of digestive problems and inflammation. Emotional stress leads to poor sleep, which in turn leads to a poor diet. For example, if you have trouble sleeping because of stress, then this can affect your appetite in the morning and lead you not to eat breakfast or lunch properly.

When you feel stressed out during the day or at night, it will affect how well your body processes food and absorbs nutrients from the food that has been consumed. This means that if there is any discomfort or pain caused by this lack of absorption then nutritional supplements can help relieve these symptoms

As a functional nutrition coach, I create individualized health plans that address digestive function, immune system health, and the gut-brain connection.

As a functional nutrition coach, I create individualized health plans that address digestive function, immune system health, and the gut-brain connection. Not all nutritionists are the same. Some focus on eating healthy foods to achieve a certain weight loss goal or improve athletic performance. While others focus on providing information on how to eat for better overall health. Functional Nutrition Coaches take this approach further by looking at the root causes of disease rather than just treating symptoms with only food as the answer.

A functional nutrition coach can help you find solutions to your health problems using customized programs which include:

  • An assessment of your current eating habits and lifestyle behaviors
  • A  meal plan based on both our assessment results and your goals/desires
  • Health tracking tools (apps) to help keep you accountable

Do yourself a favor and seek out a Functional Nutrition Coach who can help you develop a plan for healing your body so that you can finally say goodbye to pain.

If your pain is preventing you from doing the things that you love, it’s time to do something about it. A functional nutrition coach can help you develop a plan for healing your body so that you can finally say goodbye to pain.

A functional nutrition coach will work with you to create a personalized diet and lifestyle plan that works for your unique needs and goals. They will help guide you through discovering what foods trigger inflammation, joint pain, or digestive issues for you; then they’ll teach you how to make simple changes in your diet and lifestyle choices so that these triggers are eliminated from your life.

In addition to helping eliminate inflammation (which causes many common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s), there are also many other benefits associated with eliminating these foods from our diets such as: reducing cravings so we eat less sugar overall; helping us sleep better at night which results in more energy during the day; boosting our immune system by eating leafy greens which contain antioxidants (these are vitamins our bodies need); improving the appearance of aging skin by reducing wrinkles caused by UV light exposure (from overexposure).


You should feel empowered to take control of your health, and that starts with understanding the true cause of pain. In this article, we’ve covered a few key areas that are often overlooked when it comes to managing chronic pain. If you have any questions or concerns about how I might be able to help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Remember that healing takes time and patience, but with the functional nutrition coaching approach, you’re on the right path toward a healthier and pain-free life.

If you have any more questions or need more information, don’t hesitate to reach out. I am here to assist you.

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During this call, we’ll discuss your current health obstacles and define a winning solution for you to get you back out there again.

Here’s To Kicking Your Chronic Inflammation To The Curb!

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