More often than not, it doesn't work as well as you’d hoped and you are back to square one – a chronic and stubborn pain that just won’t leave you alone. The fact is that there are a few changes that you can make to your diet (depending on the cause of pain) to fight pain.
The following ingredients not only help to ease pain, but also should be adopted, as part of a healthy diet, so eating or cooking these ingredients is good in general.
Following are seven ingredients and foods you can load up on to elevate pain.
Turmeric and Ginger
Ginger is an easy ingredient you can stock up on to reduce pain. It contains gingerols, paradols, shogaols and zingerone that have an analgesic effect. Turmeric, a common spice found in any Indian kitchen, is rich in curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant and helps in lowering enzymes in the body that are directly linked to inflammation. So go ahead and brew up a steaming cup of ginger tea or enjoy a nice Indian curry to ease your pain away.
Salmon or Chia Seeds
Wild Salmon has a loads of essential fatty acids (EFA) and is especially rich in omega-3 acids. The fatty acids help lubricating joints, thus help in easing your pain. For non-fish eaters, vegetarians and vegans, you can get your omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds. Chia seeds can be added to anything while cooking – from your omelette to your salad and even desserts. Chia seeds have a mild and nutty flavor, which is barely noticeable when added to food, but their effect on pain is quite noticeable.
Olive Oil is rich in antioxidant polyphenols that helps in reducing pain. In fact olive oil can be easily compared to over the counter pain alleviating pills. So toss up a salad or use it to replace butter, which is loaded with saturated fat, while frying.
A healthy serving of green vegetables is part of any healthy diet and is not so difficult a diet to adapt to. The main component of leafy vegetables - Vitamin K, a nutrient that not only eases pain but also helps maintain strong bones and healthy joints. So start cooking up dishes with green leafy veggies like spinach or kale and ease your pain away.
Cherries are known to ease pain by neutralizing free radicals in our bodies and can stop tissue inflammation. Tart cherries are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, especially anthocyanin that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Raspberries and to a lesser extent, strawberries also contain anthocyanin.
Tender Coconut Water
Dehydration is a major cause of body pain. Nature’s best answer to dehydration is a simple drink of tender coconut water. Rich in potassium in a highly absorbable form, drink coconut water and the cells of your body will instantly lap up all the potassium rich goodness.
Pineapple and Papaya
Fruits are an important part of a healthy diet and your daily fruit consumption can keep much of the body damage at safe distance. Pineapples and papayas, besides being delicious fruits are rich in enzymes that help in breaking down proteins in the body that cause pain. Pineapples are rich in bromelain, a protein digesting enzyme and papayas contain papain, which is extremely effective at easing pain. Papain is so effective that it is used as injections and supplements for over the counter medication. Eat these two fruits raw or add them to a fruit salad or blend them to make smoothies, their goodness will shine through and help to ease your pain.
As important as these ingredients are in helping to ease pain, it is equally important to avoid certain ingredients like refined starches, sugars, saturated fats and Trans-fat that will increase your body’s inflammatory response and make your pain worse.
These seven foods can be easily added to your regular diet. A healthy serving of all of the above or a combination of them will help keep your body healthy and safe not just from pain but a host of other problems. However, note that no single food or ingredient can completely alleviate pain, but including these ingredients should be part of your pain-management plan.
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