Mother Nature Lends a Pain Relief Hand
We are becoming a people dependant on quick fixes especially when it comes to our health. While the wonders of modern medicine have made huge inroads in increasing our lifespan, we are often only putting a band-aid on our problems.
It's hard to enjoy that increased life span if you happen to be living with chronic pain. You just want it gone!
There is nothing wrong with trying natural options like naturopathic herbs and alternative therapies, or even combining them with your existing treatments (of course, check with your health professional).
The good news is that Mother Nature provides a helping hand. Here are seven foods that you can add to salads and other meals, to help reduce the inflammation and chronic pain commonly associated with arthritis, and found in runners and other athletes.
Here are seven foods to include in your diet on a regular basis to assist with reducing pain.
7 Foods to Relieve Inflammation and Pain
1 - Ginger
Ginger is a spice that has been used for a long time to reduce nausea, soothe stomach cramps and help tummy upsets. It has also been found to be “modestly efficacious and reasonably safe” for treating inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
2 - Blueberries
Blueberries contain natural chemicals called phytonutrients; this is what gives them that beautiful purple colour. They are a rich source of phytochemicals such as anthocyanidins, flavonoids, resveratrol, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, which means they are an amazing anti-inflammatory.
3 - Chilli
There are so many different types of chilli and when used in a Thai or Mexican dish it just makes it! In addition to packing a punch flavour-wise, chilli is an anti-inflammatory food that also increases your level of endorphins, minimising any pain.
4 - Green Tea
The flavonoids in green tea are potent natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
5 - Shiitake Mushrooms
These tasty mushrooms have been around for a long time and you'll often find them in Asian food. Shiitake mushroom is revered for its immune-boosting properties and its mild smoky taste.
6 - Salmon
Salmon are renowned for being a good source of the essential fatty acid Omega-3, which is anti-inflammatory, heart healthy and good for your joints. Other fish high in Omega 3 include mackerel, tuna and sardines; but if fish really isn’t your food of choice, you can also get it in nuts, seeds and cereal grains or consider supplements.
7 - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Virgin olive oil is the Mediterranean secret to longevity, and is rich in polyphenols to protect the heart and blood vessels from inflammation. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are also turned into anti-inflammatory agents by the body, that can lower occurrences of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Of course, there are foods you should stay away from, including:
- Refined carbohydrates – white bread and pastries;
- Hot chips and other fried foods;
- Soft drinks;
- Too much red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage);
- Margarine, shortening, and lard.
If you are suffering from joint pain and inflammation, take care to include the seven foods listed above in your diet on a regular basis.
You may also want to consider the MiActiv joint supplements Australia, created to provide naturopathic herbs and trace elements often lacking in the typical Australian diet, to support your joint health.