How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Help Relieve Pain
If you've been experiencing chronic pain for any length of time, you've likely reached the point where you will do anything to stop it. First, start with a visit to a doctor and develop a personalized treatment plan. In addition, an anti-inflammatory diet can help relieve the pain you've been experiencing. This article will discuss the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet.
Tips from a Pain Manager: Anti-Inflammatory Diet
How Does an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Work?
Many types of foods are known to increase inflammation in the body. When you avoid these foods, you give your body a chance to heal from a chronic pain condition, whether it was caused by an injury, aging, or repetitive stress injury. Instead, eat healthy foods full of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids that are known to encourage healing in the body and decrease inflammation.
Do I Have to Give Up Most Foods?
It can be hard to give up what you're currently eating. Most packaged or processed foods contain too much sugar and fat. When you visit your doctor, they may have you tested for gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Both of these conditions can lead to joint pain. Dairy products, fried foods, and alcohol can also cause inflammatory problems.
Best Inflammation-Fighting Foods to Eat
The good news is that there are still delicious foods that you can eat. You have to skip past the processed foods aisle and find healthy berries, cherries, apples, pineapples, and various fruits. Vegetables are also an excellent place to start but focus on green leafy types, such as spinach, kale, and broccoli. Salmon and tuna are full of those omega-3 fatty acids you need. Nuts and seeds (salt-free) are also good snack options. Olive oil and avocado oil are the best for prepping meals. And finally, eat dark chocolate in small quantities.
Start Slow and Build
Any changes in your lifestyle are going to involve some work. It's best to start slowly and avoid eating one type of food per week while adding three healthy foods to your diet. Soon healthy eating will be the norm.
Carolina Regional Orthopaedics, P.A.
Are you suffering from chronic pain? Carolina Regional Orthopaedics, P.A. can help. We are the leading experts in pain management in Rocky Mount NC. After an evaluation, we will develop a pain management treatment plan to put the spring back into your step. Contact us at 252-443-0400 and set up an appointment today.