Eating, being the most certain survival instincts for all life forms, actually reflects what you are, especially in the sphere of chronic pain. It is your duty to take care of your health while managing your pain as well as think before what you eat should not contribute to it in a non-cohesive way. In today’s fast-moving world, most of the items we consume are the prime cause of inflammation in our system and are responsible for a number of chronic cases across the globe.
Inflammation, which is defined as the response of the body’s immune system to external stimuli as it works to purify itself, plays a good-guy/bad-guy role on our health plan. Having an adequate and feasible quality of diet would support your immune system in adverse times and yet a deprived one can make it act aberrantly, thus leading to inflammatory pain in the body. Overtime when left unattended, it can run through various parts of your body, causing all sorts of troubles and also can trigger chronic diseases, such as heart disease and strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even depression. One of the ways that many chronic pain patients find improvement is through a well-integrated chronic pain diet.
Whenever the word ‘diet’ gets dropped into a conversation, most of you think of it as some kind of setback to what you usually enjoy eating; a long list of everything you cannot eat, followed by an exacting controlled portion and feelings of guilt when you do not have your days go by them. Now, let’s rethink the literal meaning of the word ‘diet’ which is stated as the “usual food/drink of a person that he habitually intakes.” So, creating an anti-inflammatory diet with foods that help you maintain good nutrition and lower the odds of having inflammation is important in managing pain. In order to achieve that, you need to exclude some of these things from your anti-inflammatory diet plan;
- nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, white potatoes, and peppers)
- processed foods and fast foods (bread, pasta, rice, meat)
- anything with partially hydrogenated oil in the ingredients,
- preservative-packed products with a long shelf-life like chips, crackers
- saturated fats such as butter, cakes, cookies, sodas, and snacks
There are a few diets that help reduce chronic inflammation, and the best way to enhance your immune system is to cut out the bad inflammatory foods and adopt more of the good anti-inflammatory kinds which are delicious, have high nutritional value, and are supportive of good health. Any mainstream nutrition expert would encourage you to eat the following anti-inflammatory diet:
- foods rich in a group of antioxidants like herbs and spices
- Mediterranean diet, such as whole fruits and dark green leafy vegetables,
- legumes, oatmeal, brown rice, whole grains, and all types of berries
- healthy proteins, such as fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.
- healthy oils like olive and canola oils instead of butter or other flavorings.
- Avocados, green tea, and lean proteins, such as chicken and turkey.
- enough of right nutrients like calcium and vitamin D in order to maintain the bone mass
Though an anti-inflammatory diet is widely regarded as healthy, even if it doesn’t help with your condition, it can help lower your chances of having other severe problems and it can have an anti-inflammatory effect that helps soothe and prevent painful flare-ups that might take your pain down a few notches.