Do you suffer from chronic pain? The cause may be inflammation. Here are 5 healthy foods to help control inflammation in your body and reduce pain naturally.
We’ve all experienced pain, and if you’re lucky, your painful condition healed quickly. However, what if you suffer from chronic pain? There are many causes of chronic pain, but the vast majority of them are linked to inflammation.
What is inflammation?
It is a reaction by the body to some kind of problem. This problem could be external (a wound or other skin condition) or internal (damage to artery walls, for example).
Inflammation may sound bad, but it actually sserves an important purpose. It is your body’s way of trying to heal through ramping up blood cell production, circulation, and heat in a certain area. In a healthy body, this works just fine most of the time. The problem occurs when your immune system simply can’t handle the problem, and the inflammation starts to spread like a fire out of control.
Not only is chronic inflammation sometimes painful, it can also have long-term negative consequences for your health (such as blocked arteries, cardiovascular disease, and a depressed immune system). It is important to get a handle on chronic inflammation, and luckily, it isn’t that hard to do. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle – getting plenty of sleep and exercise, and eating a healthy diet – will go a long way towards preventing and even stopping chronic inflammation.
Here are 5 common foods that can help reduce systemic inflammation and reduce pain naturally – without subjecting your body to potentially harmful side effects from drugs:
- Ginger fights pain and inflammation on two different fronts. It can stop inflammation before it ever starts by inhibiting the formation of inflammatory compounds in your body, and it has anti-inflammatory effects that can help reverse the inflammation process once it starts.
- Ginger’s no newcomer to the natural painkiller scene. It’s been mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern writings for its medicinal, as well as its culinary, benefits.
- Studies have shown that people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have less pain and increased mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
- Pineapples are a super-rich source of vitamin C, which helps fight the free radical damage that contributes to the joint pain and disability that can accompany osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- The stem and core of the pineapple fruit contain a complex mixture of substances known as bromelain.
- Bromelain has been linked to reductions in excessive inflammation and excessive cogulation of the blood, and even reduced growth of certain types of tumors when taken as a dietary supplement.
3.) Fatty Fish Like Salmon & Sardines
- It’s the high concentration of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids that make cold-water fatty fish like salmon and sardines effective pain-fighting foods.
- Omega-3s may reduce risk of inflammatory-related chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
- You can also get omega-3s from plant sources, but cold-water fatty fish contains the EPA and DHA forms of omega-3s that are easiest for your body to use.
- While you can get bioavailable omega-3s from a wide variety of fish, I suggest salmon and sardines because smaller fish like these have lower concentrations of toxins, like mercury, than larger fish like swordfish and tuna, and are easier to fish in sustainable ways.
- Having enough anti-inflammatory omega-3s in your diet helps balance out the levels of pro-inflammatory omega-6 EFAs (which are found in more foods).
- Garlic is rich in sulfur-containing compounds that give it its distinctive smell, but also its health benefits.
- These sulfur-containing compounds help protect you against both inflammation and oxidative stress.
- Once you’ve chopped or crushed your garlic, let it sit for a few minutes before cooking or adding other ingredients. This will allow those sulfur-containing compounds to fully activate so they’re more effective!
- Yes, the avocado is fatty, but it is mostly monounsaturated (healthy) fats. And remember, it’s not fat that makes you fat. Sugar does.
- Avocado is a perfectly balanced food! it’s got healthy fat, fiber and protein!
- Avocados even have a special type of fats (phytosterols) that provide important anti-inflammatory benefits to our body systems.
- These phytosterols are anti-inflammatory, but avocados pack even more pain-fighting power in with other anti-inflammatory nutrients like carotenoids, catechins and procyanidins. (Here’s more about the health benefits of avocados.)
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