Chronic pain affects over 115 million adults in the U.S.—that’s more than a third of the population! A healthy diet is a powerful part in managing your pain.
Here are 7 foods that may help to reduce any of your aches and pains:
Coffee isn’t just for your morning pick-me-up. Research shows that caffeine can help reduce pain if you suffer from any injuries or have pain from exercise.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties to help you fight off pain. It can offer relief from migraines, arthritic pain and muscle aches and pains. Try it in tea, cookies, a stir fry or supplement.
Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids can reduce neck and back pain.
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants that work to cut down pain by blocking inflammation and inhibiting pain enzymes.
If you suffer from stomach pain, yogurt can reduce pain, inflammation and bloating. Be sure to find yogurt that contains probiotics and is lower in sugar.
Not only will chewing on peppermint freshen your breath, the menthol can help to prevent muscle spasms. Mint oil can also help relieve headaches—rub a bit on your temples or wrists and breathe it in to relieve your pain.
Hot peppers contain capsaicin which will stimulate your nerve endings and reduce a chemical that relays pain signals. Add some hot peppers to your soup or sprinkle chili sauce on your meal. The hotter the pepper, the more pain-relieving capsaicin it contains!
Try these foods today to help relieve your pain! And keep in mind a healthy diet will always do wonders to your overall well-being.
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If you are suffering from severe pain, the physicians at IMS Pain Management will work with you to provide the best treatment options available to relieve symptoms and treat your condition. Make an appointment with one of our specialists today.