Are you tired of going to the doctor describing your pain to him or her and the only thing you get is some ridiculous explanation about pain… and then a prescription for more drugs? Have you also tried the cortisone injections and got no relief? Stop the madness? It’s time that you take your health back into your own hands. You don’t need to live life taking medications for every single symptom that you have. How did we ever let “Health Care” get this out of control?
So where do you start? Well, the first steps are through your diet and lifestyle. By making small changes now, you can begin to decrease the inflammation in your body all on your own.
So I have compiled a list of the top 5 superfoods that reduce pain, the same list I personally use and recommend for my patients. Each one is very powerful on it’s own, but if you eat them all throughout the day, then you will see dramatic changes in the way you feel. Just be patient… Doing things naturally takes time. It may take a few days to see great improvement in the way you feel.
Top 5 Superfoods That Reduce Pain
The antioxidants in cherries have proven to be helpful in decreasing inflammation Choosing sour over sweet will give you the best benefits. Raw sour cherries contain higher vitamin C content per 100 g (17% DV) and are also an excellent source of vitamin A (26% DV). Cherries are also among foods that give you energy.
Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. It is also rich in lutein and beta-carotene. This is a true powerhouse in helping the body fight off many different illnesses. This vegetable will help knock out your inflammation.
3) Red Grapes
The skin of the red grapes contains Resveratrol. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years, you must have heard about this wonderful anti-inflammatory food. Resveratrol in red grapes has been shown to decrease inflammation, lower blood sugar, and provide other positive effects for heart health. Eating the grapes, or even drinking red wine in moderation can help you greatly reduce your chronic inflammation.
4) Wild Alaskan Salmon
This one gets my top vote! Not only does grilled or baked salmon taste delicious, you will also be getting some wonderful health benefits from eating it. It is very high in Omega 3’s which help to reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar, lowers triglyceride levels and can help prevent obesity.
What is Spirulina and how does it help with inflammation?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is consumed by humans typically in caplet or capsule form. It is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all of the essential amino acids. Researchers have recently found a compound in Spirulina called C-phycocyanin that may have anti-inflammatory properties. This compound is one of the bluish-green pigments that gives Spirulina its color. C-phycocyanin is known to have a antioxidant properties, which means it can help to protect our cells against free radical damage. But now research is also indicating that it may be able to help relieve inflammation as well.
Other benefits of Spirulina: Boosting immunity and energy levels, supporting eye, brain and cardiovascular health
helping to maintain healthy blood sugar balance, and providing a good vegetarian source of Iron and protein. You can purchase the capsules or caplets at almost any health food store.
Remember, when you try to get control of your own health again, seeing results can take a little bit of time. Don’t get frustrated. Continue on your path and you will see that there truly healthier ways to live. Look in your medicine cabinet sometime and take inventory. You will be shocked at the way the pharmaceutical industry has almost taken over your life. Most of us have pills for every single symptom that we have ever gotten. This is not Health Care… It is sickness care.
These are great foods that give you energy, especially salmon and broccoli.
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Dr. Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS