The primary cause of chronic pain for a lot of people is inflammation. A healthy diet can help by reducing chronic inflammation. Some foods have properties that increase inflammation and others have properties that reduce it. The less inflammation you have, the less pain you may experience.
The evidence is strong that your diet plays a big part in chronic Inflammation. Inflammation is a good thing in some cases, especially related to injuries. That’s because it helps eliminate toxins and bring blood to the area where healing is needed. But when inflammation goes on consistently it becomes chronic which results in pain.
If you have chronic pain, you may be looking for ways to find relief without resorting to painkillers – over the counter or prescription. Your diet is a good place to start.
No, unfortunately, a healthy diet alone does not cure the underlying condition causing your pain such as osteoarthritis which is inflammation of the joints. However, your diet can help reduce the inflammation that is the result of arthritis. As inflammation goes down, so does pain.
To help reduce back pain, knee pain, or other chronic pain caused by inflammation there are some foods you should avoid. Start by eliminating foods with little or no nutritional value. According to Harvard Health, some foods you should avoid include:
Additionally, some people may find other foods trigger issues. Keeping a food diary can help you track down problem food.
There are also foods you should add to your diet as much as possible to help reduce inflammation. It's worth doing your research to find recipes that hide food which is good for you but which you don't particularly like. Anti-inflammatory foods you can choose include:
There are many anti-inflammatory diet plans out there. Just remember to keep all things in moderation and stick to foods that aren’t overly processed as much as you can.
Changing your diet isn’t a promise that your pain will go away. However, a healthy diet can help reduce inflammation along with other benefits including:
Eating a healthy diet along with chiropractic care for arthritis or other chronic pain can help you feel better overall, reduce stress and move around easier.
Topics: pain prevention