For those suffering from chronic pain conditions, and especially inflammatory chronic pain conditions, an anti-inflammatory diet may provide some noticeable reduction in overall pain symptoms. An anti-inflammatory diet paired with clinical treatments like those provided at American Spine has helped many patients manage their daily pain symptoms.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet also includes avoid foods that can have an inflammatory effect. For general health and wellness, it’s usually a good idea to eliminate or limit white sugar and flour, and fried fatty foods. While that’s an easy one, some healthy foods also can cause an inflammatory effect. Tomatoes, bell peppers and other vegetables that fall into the “nightshade” category can cause the body to have an inflammatory reaction. Dairy and red meat can trigger an inflammatory effect, so consume these in moderation.
After you have eliminated foods that have an inflammatory effect, it is important to focus on those that have an anti-inflammatory effect:
- Cold water fish, including salmon, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and are extremely beneficial for an anti-inflammatory diet.
- Unsweetened green tea
- Leafy greens (spinach, romaine, kale)
- Lean proteins (chicken)
- Nuts, including walnuts and almonds
- Olive oil
Get creative and try some new dishes and foods that you may not have tried in the past. By making the commitment to an anti-inflammatory diet, you may find that you have fewer pain flare-ups, and more good days in general!
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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