If you are suffering from chronic pain, aching from inflamed joints, can’t sleep at night because your body is uncomfortable or in pain, then what can YOU do? The answer is to fight pain and inflammation with healing foods. While pain pills reduce suffering they can be addictive and even life threatening especially opioid based drugs. And they produce side effects. But even worse they only address the symptoms of pain and not the cause.
If you don’t want to keep taking over the counter drugs and are looking for natural remedies, then consider your diet to fight pain and inflammation with healing foods. There are some foods that naturally promote inflammation and some foods that research has shown to actively fight pain.
Foods that promote pain and inflammation
Often the foods that you reach out for in comfort eating or during busy or stressful times to make you ‘feel better’ are the very foods that promote inflammation and pain. So you need to change the pattern of your food choices:
- So called ‘junk’ food based on processed foods and refined carbohydrates is more likely to rile up the body’s pain response to the inflammation it causes.
- Even rice, pasta and bread that are not classified as bad are food culprits that can increase inflammation. E
- Eat fewer saturated animal fats, lowering your intake of red meat, dairy products and eggs to avoid too much arachidonic acid which is inflammatory.
10 Healing foods that block pain signals and lessen inflammation.
- Ginger – one study found ginger worked as well as over-the-counter anti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen at relieving period pain. It can also reduce pain from migraines, arthritis and aching muscles.
- Mint – the menthol in peppermint helps prevent muscle spasms. Peppermint oil has been shown to relieve the painful cramps, gas and bloating of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Peppermint tea is also good for tummy upsets.
- Tumeric – contains anti inflammatory compound called curcurmin that protects the body from joint inflammation. Best used with black pepper to release the curcurmin from the spice.
- Chili or hot peppers –capsaicin ‘burn’ tricks the brain into releasing endorphins which block pain signals.
- Salmon – loaded with anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids that improve blood flow. Other varieties of fish such as tuna sardines and mackerel also have high omega 3 levels.
- Yoghurt – several bacterial strains (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis) found in natural yoghurt reduce pain, bloating and inflammation according to a 2010 review.
- Coffee – apart from being a morning pick-me-up coffee reduces pain-promoting compounds and by narrowing dilated blood vessels associated with headaches.
- Beetroot – Improves blood circulation, dilates blood vessels and helps reduce pain especially associated with arthritis.
- Blueberries – contain phytonutrients that fight inflammation and lessen pain.
- Tart cherries –contain anthocyanins that block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes.
What is the best way to increase the ‘good’ foods in your diet?
- Start the day with a green juice or healthy smoothie. The best anti-inflammatory ingredients Include leafy greens, berries, turmeric, ginger, pineapple.
- The Mediterranean diet. This consists of a whole foods plant based diet: high levels of low glycaemic fruit, vegetables or legumes, high number of unsaturated fats especially olive oil, a high level of fish and a low level of dairy products and red meat.
Diet is important and you can fight pain and inflammation with healing foods that you eat on a daily basis rather than those that can cause you pain or increase any inflammation in your body. Choose wisely .