10 Foods to Battle Recurring Pain

 10 Foods to Battle Recurring Pain

Chronic pain can make your life miserable as you may find it difficult to perform even the most basic activities like walking or sleeping due to a recurring knee, neck, shoulder or back pain. It becomes difficult to get up from the bed in the morning and all this affects your daily routine in one way or another. If this account sounds familiar to you, it’s time you examine your food habits.
It is said that ‘you are what you eat!’ and this is especially true if you are suffering from a health issue like chronic pain or obesity. It is scientifically proven that eating right assists in battling pains. If you have healthy eating habits, your body tends to remain active and you feel like exercising everyday, which can further help you in fighting chronic pains.
Include the below mentioned foods in your daily routine and you will see a major difference in the way your body reacts to these pains –

• Ginger
Have a cup of ginger tea during monsoons and winter in order to get relief from chronic pains. Ginger is a powerful pain killer with excellent analgesic properties. It includes ingredients like paradols, gingerols, shogaols and zingerone, all of which are active pain-reducing agents.

• Turmeric
Belonging to the ginger family itself, turmeric powder is used in a variety of vegetables and Indian curry recipes. It contains an ingredient called curcumin, which helps battle pain.

• Olive Oil
Being a rich source of antioxidants like polyphenols, olive oil can be considered as the liquid gold or elixir for pain-reduction. It can be a good alternative to butter since butter contains saturated fat, which diminishes bone strength and thereby triggers pain.

• Whole Grains
Whole grains like bajra, ragi, jowar puffs and mixed atta are rich sources of fibre. Therefore these grains fill your stomach and when you feel full, you do not tend to eat junk food and unhealthy snacks. Whole grains also contain magnesium, which helps ease muscle pains.

• Salmon and Mackerel
Besides being an excellent source of protein, Salmon is also a rich source of pain busting omega-3 fatty acids and bone strengthening vitamin D. Mackerel is another fish with these nutrients but it is not recommended for people having uric acid related health issues.

• Nuts
If you are a vegetarian, you can extract omega-3 fatty acids from nuts like almonds and walnuts. Nuts also have anti-oxidant properties which help in controlling the pain.

• Go Green
Greens like spinach, fenugreek leaves and arugula have high iron content and also, they are rich sources of vitamin K which helps in maintaining strong joints and bones.

• Strawberries
Strawberries are not just a treat for your taste buds, they are a rich source of vitamin C as well, which is considered to be a powerful pain reducing agent. People who are recovering from an accident or an orthopaedic surgery are advised to consume strawberries on daily basis.

• Dairy Products
Yes, that’s right! Dairy products like yogurt and cheese contain a good amount of bone-building nutrients like calcium and vitamin D.

• Glass of Wine
Wines, grapes and even some of the grape juices available in the market have an ingredient called resveratrol which has analgesic properties similar to that of aspirin.

abhilash david

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