You are what you eat!
The wisdom contained in this adage that we hear time and again, proves to be more accurate as we progress in our knowledge of physiology and nutrition.
Each year dozens of studies are published examining the benefits or detriments of a particular food. To say the food industry is gigantic is an understatement, the supplement industry alone accounts for a +100-billion-dollar market share of the global economy each year.
Every few months a new “superfood” or diet fad emerges that promises a panacea or effortless weight loss.
Traditional medicine has always relied on foods or herbs to treator cure common ailments. With the advent of modern pharmacology, we came to rely ever more on medications and less on natural sources. Ironically, a lot of the compounds in use today were originally derived from natural sources. While the benefits of modern medications are without question, within the last couple decades we have once again started to acknowledge the merits of natural foods and recognized their importance in our health and wellbeing.
When it comes to PAIN MANAGEMENT it turns out that the food we eat, can have a positive or negative effect on chronic pain.
When researching the subject of nutrition and pain relief a key word keeps popping up; INFLAMATION.
As defined by: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflammation
in•flam•ma•tion | \ ˌin-flə-ˈmā-shən
Definition of inflammation
1 :a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue
2 :the act of inflaming: the state of being inflamed
Examples of inflammation in a Sentence
The drug is used to reduce inflammation. inflammations of the throat and ears
Throughout human history many foods have been known and used for their pain-relieving properties, however the exact mechanisms were previously unknown until relatively recently. There are many naturally occurring compounds that can have a promoting or suppressing effect on the inflammatory process. When diving a little further into the information a common theme emerges.
Natural unprocessed foods seem to work best, while more processed and refined foods seem to cause or worsen inflammatory processes.
One common ingredient in processed foods is SUGAR. Excess consumption of sugar has been linked to many common ailments such as diabetes and obesity.
During the last 100 or so years the industrialization and processing of food became more common and we slowly started to replace common staples for cheaper and more convenient alternatives.
Today it is almost a challenge to avoid these types of foods even when you try to clean up your diet. When preparing a meal,it is very likely that one or more of the ingredients we use will be highly processed or contain added sugars and preservatives.
Read this article for more information on how sugar consumption is linked to Chronic Pain:
We would like to share with you this list we have curatedof some well-known foods that can help you reduce inflammation and help you stay pain free: Go ahead and follow the links for some great articles that expand on the benefits of each food.
Virgin Olive Oil:
This link has a great article on Oleocanthal a naturally occurring compound found in olive oil.
Other foods with pain relieving qualities:
- Nuts and Seeds
- Leafy Green Vegetables (Spinach, Kale)
- Dark Chocolate
- Brown Rice
As you can deduce from reading the articles we linked to, research into the pain-relieving properties of these foods’ ranges from empirical and anecdotal to scientifically tested, peer reviewed and published studies. The results from consumption of these foods ranges from marginal to very effective. Although the science is not settled on any of these claims there is no denying that they are not only good for you, but tasty as well, and that there is a definitive link between a good diet and good health. We hope that this blog post can help you in your daily efforts to counter chronic pain, with the caveat that it is not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical care but rather as a supplement or tool that you can add to and incorporate to your daily routine.
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