What To Eat
Pain has a number of causes, but one thing that increases discomfort and exacerbates the perception of pain is inflammation. Thankfully, there are several natural, delicious foods that serve to reduce inflammation in the body. Eat these healthy foods, and your symptoms of pain — whether something specific, like lower back pain, or a more general, overall sense of aches and pains — will likely diminish:
- Seeds: Sunflower, flax, and chia seeds, as well as the ones you automatically consume when you eat fruits like strawberries, kiwis, raspberries, and cucumbers, contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is a type of anti-inflammatory fatty acid that’s good for you.
- Root-based Spices: In particular, ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties that can bring about pain relief. It’s no wonder so many cultures around the world add delicious spices to their cuisine!
- Hot Peppers: Not everyone can tolerate the heat from chili peppers, but if you can, then know that consuming them can reduce inflammation as well as minimize pain signals. Try adding chopped hot peppers to a salad or stew.
- Certain Herbs: Mint in particular has a soothing effect. Drink a mint-based tea to relieve stress and reduce pain.
Foods To Avoid
Certain foods create or increase inflammation in the body. A major culprit is sugar, which we consume far too much of in our modern diets. Avoid the temptation to add spoonfuls of sugar to your coffee or tea, or to reach for sugary breakfast foods at the grocery store or your favorite coffee shop.
An entire food category to avoid is anything with excessive quantities of saturated fats. This includes foods that are high in dairy, like cheese pizza, as well as fatty or processed meats, including pork, lamb, and sausages. Saturated fats in our diet trigger fat tissue inflammation, which can worsen symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
For Additional Pain Management Help
Need help with managing your pain? At Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation And Pain Center in Washington, DC, we regularly work with patients to help manage both chronic and acute pain. Incorporating a host of therapeutic modalities, from chiropractor services, to medical acupuncture, and much more, we approach pain from a multi-point view to bring you maximum relief.
There’s no need to keep suffering quietly with pain. Contact the health specialists at Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation for professional assistance with pain management. Reach out to us today.