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How Your Diet Can Fight Pain

How Your Diet Can Fight Pain

When we experience pain, the first thing most of us do is reach for a bottle of pills. Aspirin and ibuprofen drugs are able to counter our aches and pains, because they are anti-inflammatory.

While pills are sometimes necessary, there’s also an often-overlooked option that minimizes pain: our diet. Certain healthy foods have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to aspirin and ibuprofen.

Probably the best known anti-inflammatory food is salmon. A potent source of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon eases inflammation and has been shown to benefit people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Another well-known anti-inflammatory powerhouse is green tea, which has flavonoid compounds that ease pain.

Spices are effective, as well. If you love curry, then you’ll love this news: turmeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, has been compared favorably to ibuprofen in fighting pain. Ginger is also a great way to add some zing to your meal and fight pain while you’re at it.

There are all kinds of fruits and vegetables that provide anti-inflammatory benefits. The easiest way to find them is to seek out the bright and colorful sections in the produce aisle. Chances are the more colorful produce will fit into an anti-inflammatory diet regimen: think leafy greens, berries, red grapes, cherries, and oranges, and you’re well on your way.

To keep pain at bay, it’s just as important to avoid foods that aggravate inflammation. These foods include sugar, refined grains (white bread), and the trans fats in processed foods.

How much more fun is it to eat tasty foods than take pills for your pain? That said, don’t use it as a substitute for your doctor-prescribed medicines. Making wise dietary choices may be a savvy complement to your doctor-recommended medication and also a strong deterrent to age-related pain as you get older.

Take a look at the infographic below to see some of the nutrients that help with certain painful ailments.

Pain Relief Through Nutrition

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13 Foods that Fight Pain

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11:15AM PDT on May 27, 2014

Salmon? Get real

9:39PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Thank you :)

7:00AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Thank you Care2 Healthy Living Guest Blogger, for Sharing this!

6:22PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Unfortunately anything I eat that is suppose to help pain, etc.. does not work for me.
Although ,many things I do not eat make me feel better.

TY for sharing...

5:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

I try to meditate and/or breathe through pain. Reiki also helps a lot. A friend drinks water to flush the pain out. It works for her :-)

9:48PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013


10:44PM PDT on May 27, 2013


4:07AM PDT on May 27, 2013

Thank you.

10:22AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Tumeric can be bought whole and is not spicy. It can even be shredded or cut up in salads. Very healthy way to decrease inflammation. I agree with this article that we are what we eat. If our body sends us pain response, it's trying to communicate something to us: that we need to not eat something or need to exercise or stretch more, drink more water, etc. Good to tune in and heed the advise, because our bodies don't lie.

1:59AM PDT on May 26, 2013

Thanks for the info.

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