It is an unfortunate reality that many people suffer from chronic pain, inflammation, and disease around the world. No matter what the original cause, these ailments can be severely debilitating and burdens on you and your life. They can hinder your self-esteem and confidence, independence, sleep and rest, work, exercise, and affect the pleasure you get out of life.
Of course. there are medications that you can take, painkillers that can be purchased. But these conventional medicines only offer temporary relief, but on a long-term basis, they can cause damage to your health. They can increase the risk of gastritis, gastric ulcers, constipation, altered gut flora, leaky gut, liver and kidney inflammation and damage and can even kill people if taken incorrectly.
Top Foods To Eat For Relief
Of course, nature has always had the answer. There are many foods that can relieve your pain and inflammation and have only positive benefits and no negative side effects.
The active component in turmeric called curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is often recommended for joint pain and inflammation including fibromyalgia and other inflammatory conditions.
Try this Homemade Turmeric Butter Recipe!
Cherries contain a compound called anthocyanins that can reduce inflammation and block pain signals to the brain. A study has found that tart cherries may be able to reduce muscle pain, post exercise by reducing the possibility of muscle damage.
Ginger offers anti-inflammatory relief from migraines, arthritis and muscle aches. One study has even found that it as effective as ibuprofen at relieving pain during menstruation.
Give this Ginger Tea Recipe a try!
4. Fish Oils
Eating fish that are high in omega-3s can help with pain by improving blood flow and reducing inflammation in the nerves and cells of muscles. It is also efficient at relieving pain caused by arthritis. Some vegan options for omega-3 are flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts.
A protein in pineapple called bromelain can reduce inflammation and is used as a post-injury compound. Eating ½ a cup per day has been shown to relieve and reduce pain. It can also be effective at helping you get a better night’s sleep.
Try this delicious Chunky Pineapple Salsa!
(I know I said 5 foods to eat, but here are some more you should be trying!)
Approximately 30 studies have been conducted to support the benefit of using rosehips for pain relief from arthritis. One study found a significant reduction in pain and use of medication after 3 weeks, and a significant reduction in disability, stiffness, and severity of disease after only 3 months of treatment!
You can find magnesium in dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts and seeds, and dark chocolate. Magnesium is an electrolyte nutrient that supports muscle and nerve function, which is very effective for aching and tense muscles, fibromyalgia, migraines, and cramps.
8. Vitamin D
A study by the British Society for Rheumatology suggests that a low level of vitamin D in your body is linked to chronic, widespread pain. Musculoskeletal pain is a known symptoms of a severe vitamin D deficiency.
What To Avoid
If you are experiencing pain and you aren’t sure of what the cause could be, cut out processed foods, gluten and dairy, and nightshade family vegetables. These are some known causes of irritation and inflammation and through the process of elimination, you could find the culprit!