The body has certain innate responses when it is injured, falls ill, or is irritated by some external force; among these is inflammation. Internal swelling is a defense mechanism meant to prevent further injury, unfortunately, that swelling can also increase pain levels and can make it difficult to function as one normally would.
Doctors today have a long line of anti-inflammatory medications to treat the problem in patients. However, for chronic pain sufferers, taking medication regularly to address the soreness and swelling isn’t always desirable. Therefore, it is good to know that some foods can naturally help to reduce it.
The first well known natural anti-inflammatory is Omega-3 fatty acid. Most commonly found in fish, this essential dietary element is also found in seeds and canola oil. Monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, avocado, and nuts can also assist in the efforts to reduce the discomfort associated with swelling. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help the body heal faster, thereby reducing the defensive reactions it takes.
There are several very healthy meal options that can combine these great ingredients. For instance, oatmeal with berries for breakfast, unsalted mixed nuts for snack, fresh vegetable salad for lunch, and lemony grilled fish with whole grain pasta or rice for dinner can fill the stomach and fight inflammation at the same time. When reaching for a drink, it is best to choose water, low-fat milk, green tea, or 100% juices to maintain the healthy pattern.
Eating these and avoiding junk foods that are highly processed and that contain high levels of saturated fat can make a big difference in the battle against pain and discomfort. Fresh foods that are high in essential vitamins and minerals are the best bet for feeling better all over.
For more information about dietary changes that you can make to fight inflammation, read the full article.
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