A diet that is specifically healthy for you and your body is one of the leading ways to treat chronic pain in your life. You may be wondering what we mean by “specifically healthy.” We are referring to the fact that there is no single, right diet out there that is perfect for everybody. Basically, a diet that is healthy for one individual, may not necessarily be healthy for another. It is important to speak with a health professional or nutritionist to determine what kind of diet plan will help you the most. If you are suffering from chronic pain that is due to inflammation in the body, there are specific foods that are known to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
Just to name a few:
- Foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids have been clinically shown to reduce inflammation in many different areas of the body such as joints, muscles, nerves, and in the digestive system. A few Omega-3 rich foods are Salmon, Tuna, Walnuts, Spinach, and Bok Choy.
- Cooking with Olive oil instead of regular vegetable oil is also a great way to fight inflammation. Olive oil not only has fatty acids that reduce inflammation, but also contains polyphenols which act as antioxidants that help fight cancer.
- Tart cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory properties than any other known fruit. You can receive the benefits of this amazing fruit by eating 1 cup of fresh tart cherries or drinking an 8 oz glass of tart cherry juice.
- Edamame is another popular dish known to treat the pain of osteoarthritis. For three months, Oklahoma State University conducted research where they gave participants either 40 g of soy protein (about ¼ cup of shelled edamame) or a milk-based protein. At the end of the study, those who ate the soy-based edamame had significantly reduced amounts of pain compared to those who just received the regular milk.