Foods That Fight Pain And Inflammation

598px-Chandler_strawberries_1-PUBLIC DOMAINDoctors and pharmacists recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to fight pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and injury. They might suggest taking a pain killer as well. At some point, if problems persist, they prescribe more serious medications which do contain steroids and other active ingredients. Is there some way to avoid taking this action and putting strain on your liver? Can a person either reduce or eliminate pain just by eating carefully and not taking drugs at all?

Everyone is Different

You might be successful with a thoroughly researched routine of diet and exercise. The pills can go away for a time and you might live inflammation-free. Everyone is different, however. Don’t be hard on yourself if the pain is too much to manage without medication. Keep trying to eat a healthy diet which could be reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation. You certainly won’t do any harm. Many anti-inflammatory foods are good for your heart, brain, bones, and so on.

Choose Wisely

When you go looking for these foods and supplements make sure you are not allergic to any of them. Just because an ingredient helps reduce inflammation in some people doesn’t make it right for you. An allergic response or food intolerance is just another form of inflammation. Avoid GMO foods as they often contain traces of pesticides. Stay away from processed, refined, high-fat (greasy) foods and gravitate to healthy fats and whole foods instead.

Soy

Science has proven that this bean (when you can find a non-GMO example) has many health-giving properties, one of which could be reducing inflammation. Eat it in one of several forms: protein supplements, miso soup, stir fries, and edamame beans. You will also be supporting brain health with lean protein and a healthy brain is better at coordination (thus avoiding accidents and injury).

Berries

Dark berries are especially effective anti-oxidants and immune support nutrients. They fight off all invaders but also support healthy circulation. The vitamin C in berries and other fruits helps your blood reach places where healing and repair needs to take place. Beets are also dark red and excellent for reducing inflammation. Eat them lightly cooked and tossed with salad or as a side dish with your meal.

Calcium

Eat lots of leafy green vegetables in smoothies, salads, stews, and soups. They are dripping with nutrition including calcium which promotes bone and joint health. You might not alleviate pain with strong bones but they will be less vulnerable to injury. If you are arthritic, a healed fracture never feels fully healed. Prevent fractures with strong bones. Leafy greens are also full of antioxidants.

Ginger

This and other root spices make food taste spicy or lend it aromatic qualities and bright colors. They also fight inflammation. Grate ginger into a stir fry but don’t rely on candied ginger or ginger ale to experience the same effects.

Plant Oils

Olive, grapeseed, and other plant oils are known to fight inflammation too. There is some controversy over whether these oils are effective when cooked. Don’t cook them: drizzle oil on salad. Your greens taste wonderful and oils maintain their value.