Over 110 million Americans deal with chronic pain every day. Chronic pain comes from a variety of sources including different forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative bone disease or past injuries. Athletes especially must deal with chronic pain caused by repetitive injuries they received during their years of competition. While chronic pain may start out as a nagging ache, it can eventually become so debilitating that it decreases quality of life.
Pain sufferers take over the counter medications and prescription drugs to handle severe levels of pain. Another way to combat chronic pain is to eat foods that reduce inflammation and provide the nutrients the body needs to heal injuries and strengthen the musculoskeletal system. Adding these foods to the diet will help to gradually minimize their chronic pain, making it more manageable and allowing them more freedom of movement.
Foods That Contain Anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are a very potent antioxidant that can be found in fruits and vegetables that are deep reds and blues to purple in color. Cherries are abundant in anthocyanins. For this reason, cherries and their juice are often included in alternative treatment plans for treating gout. It has been proven that tart cherry juice reduces the inflammation and soreness associated with gout and other forms of arthritis. Blackberries, grapes, plums, and pomegranates are also abundant in these healing components.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help to build healthy joint tissues. Salmon, mackerel, herring, flax seed and olive oil are full of omega 3 fatty acids that the body needs to remain healthy. Two or three servings of fish or other foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids can dramatically reduce inflammation throughout the body. It can also lower cholesterol allowing the blood to carry more oxygen. This increases the number of nutrients the blood can take to cells and tissues making them stronger and more resistant to illness and injury.
Cranberries are well known for their ability to fight “h pylori” bacteria. In its purest, unsweetened state, cranberry juice can reduce the pain associated with urinary tract infections and those associated with ulcers and other gastrointestinal tract complaints. Cranberries do the opposite and increase pain and inflammation if too much sugar is added to the mix. When foods are used for a specific purpose, always choose those that have little or no additives and preservatives.
For several centuries, ginger has been used to remedy digestive problems. In China, ginger is used extensively in cooking and traditional medicines. Ginger is also used to decrease the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other one and skeletal problems. Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, many patients use it to soothe sore muscles and relieve swelling associated with strains and sprains.
Including whole foods that have undergone minimal processing, supports the health of the body in a variety of ways. Each fruit, vegetable and grain provide healthy components that strengthen and nourish the body and help it to remain healthy and pain free. Healthier foods mean a better quality of life and will allow you to live as pain free as possible for a much longer period of time.