Suffering from chronic pain is no joke. If you live in constant pain, you know that it drains the vitality from life. Even the simplest tasks seem impossible. But did you know that you can use your diet to fight back?
By adding certain foods to your diet, you can break free from the endless regiment of pills and bolster your exercise regime. Below are 5 pain fighting foods that are easy to add to your diet. Each of these foods helps fight pain by reducing toxins and inflammation that is the cause of a lot of your body’s pain.
Tart cherries are the order of the day for your new diet. This common fruit has loads of an antioxidant called anthocyanin. This antioxidant is a naturally occurring compound that has similar effects in the body as aspirin and other common painkillers.
The power of the tart cherries works by blocking inflammation and inhibiting pain enzymes. One sourcestates that you need to eat 45 cherries a day to get the benefit, but according to WebMD, two 12-ounce glasses of natural tart cherry juice per day will help you experience less pain.
Ginger is one of those foods that you hear recommended by everyone from doctors to the sweet old lady who lives next door. For hundreds of years, ginger has been a go-to in both Western and Eastern medicine to help treat stomach maladies like nausea and vomiting.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it a great addition to your diet that has been shown to have similar results as OTC drugs like ibuprofen. Adding ¼ teaspoon to a smoothie or juice a day can help prevent inflammation commonly associated with chronic pain.
If you want to mix things up and add more than just fruits and veggies to your new anti-pain diet, try a bit of salmon. Salmon and other similar fish are one of the best sources of naturally occurring omega-3’s. Omega 3’s receive frequent praise for their ability to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation in nerves and blood vessels.
You don’t need to have a salmon based diet, a few 3-ounce servings every week will help you get enough of those natural omega-3 fatty acids to help lower your pain.
Turmeric is a spice that is easy to find and is used in a variety of ways. A single teaspoon mixed into a smoothie, salad dressing, or even in soup will add a kick of flavor while helping your body naturally fight inflammation. According to cooks and medical specialists alike, turmeric mixes well with ginger when making curry for a double dose of pain fighting power.
Turmeric has a compound called curcumin that repeatedly shows its effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation in laboratory tests. Patients with arthritis have reported that use turmeric experience less pain and more mobility.
Many folks’ favorite pain-killing (and pain inducing for those without a spice tolerance) food are chili peppers. The spicy peppers that help clear your sinuses and add a kick to your favorite meals contain the compound capsaicin. Capsaicin is a common ingredient in pain-relieving cremes and studies show that eating peppers will allow your body to fight off building inflammation.
The hotter the pepper, the higher the levels of capsaicin. Don’t set your mouth on fire with peppers that are hotter than you can handle, though. An alternative is adding chili powder to your favorite foods, salsa, or dressings.