admin - July 6, 2013
Chronic pain is often caused by inflammation in the body. Certain conditions, like arthritis, go hand-in-hand with inflammation. Inflammation is a natural part of your body’s immune response to oxidative stress. This type of stress occurs when the body undergoes more cell damage than it can handle, resulting in inflammation and chronic pain.
Taking over-the-counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen may relieve the pain temporarily, but they fail to address the underlying cause of the pain – inflammation. Certain foods, however, contain ingredients that directly impact inflammation and can therefore help to decrease and prevent chronic pain.
Compared to beef, pork, poultry, and dairy proteins, fish provides more of the omega-3 fatty acids that help stop inflammation. Salmon is especially high in omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients have been directly linked to improvements in symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Herbs and Spices
Tumeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry and rosemary are all herbs and spices that contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Tumeric is an especially powerful spice because it has been seen to inhibit the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins and COX inhibitors – the same goal of medications like Vioxx and Celebrex.
A wide variety of plants have been seen to combat chronic pain symptoms, especially kale, beans, lentils, and all dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables. They work because they are fibrous, low in calories, and full of nutritious flavonoids. Eating too many processed foods and not enough unprocessed foods like vegetables can raise blood glucose, insulin production and, inevitably, pain-causing inflammation.
Probiotics like Greek yogurt contain live microorganisms that help supplement the good bacteria already in your digestive system. They are also found in other fermented foods like kimchee, sauerkraut and kefir and are a major source of vitamin D. Healthy bacteria in the body can be destroyed from things like poor nutrition, stress, smoking and air pollution, so eating foods with probiotics helps to restore the necessary bacteria.
As you age, your body becomes more susceptible to chronic pain caused by inflammation. Even if you don’t have arthritis, you could still be dealing with chronic pain. Instead of temporarily relieving the symptoms, get to the bottom of the problem by addressing the cause. Eat more of the foods above to prevent unwanted chronic pain.
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