Foods that prevent chronic pain: Previously, we discussed foods that cause chronic pain by triggering the inflammation response. Here are foods that help to prevent chronic pain by preventing an autoimmune inflammatory response.
Inflammation is natural
As mentioned in our earlier post, 6 Foods that Cause Chronic Pain, your body responds to foreign invaders by causing pain, inflammation. This is a normal healthy reaction to injuries that could become life-threatening if left untreated, like an open sore or a bacterial infection.
With chronic pain, people often suffer from inflammation as part of an autoimmune reaction to foods that your body doesn’t recognize, and labels as “dangerous.” These foods should be avoided, especially if you suffer from autoimmune disorders like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or pernicious anemia.
At the same time, certain foods help to actually improve your body’s response to inflammation by serving as antioxidants and promoting “good” bacteria for digestive health.
You should try to include these foods as part of your natural chronic pain management strategy:
- Dark leafy greens- Green lettuces like romaine, spinach, kale, and arugula are excellent anti-inflammatory agents that contain natural antioxidants.
- Spices- Certain seasonings such as turmeric, ginger, red chili pepper, and cinnamon are renowned for their ability to fight inflammation and relieve chronic pain symptoms caused by arthritis, sinusitis, and digestion problems.
- Blueberries- Blueberries are among the richest sources of natural antioxidants that fight chronic pain by supporting your body’s healthy inflammation response.
- Avocados- avocados contain healthy fats, in addition to carotenoids that fight inflammation.
- Probiotics- To improve digestion and prevent chronic pain caused by ulcers, acid reflux, or diarrhea, eat foods containing probiotics that enhance gut flora, detoxify, and reduce inflammation.
- 6. Omega-3’s- Flaxseed and fish oils contain healthy fatty Omega-3 acids which reduce inflammation and also support healthy brain functioning.
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