Chronic pain is difficult to treat with medication. Because while some are related to injury or disease, others are not caused by any initial event such as back injury, infection, arthritis or cancer. This makes their treatment difficult.
In some cases, the pain can persist for weeks, months or even years without any obvious cause. These can be pains like lower back pain, headaches or even neuropathic pain, which is related to the central or peripheral nervous system. Chronic pain (particularly back pain) is one of the leading causes of disability, severely affecting quality of life and productivity. But some food and natural solutions can help you relieve them.
Chronic pain 4 changes to make to your diet
1) Start by taking high-quality animal-based omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are the precursors of inflammation mediators called prostaglandins (this is also how anti-inflammatories work: they have a positive influence on prostaglandins). Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have been found in numerous clinical studies to have anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in the treatment of pain.
2) Reduce your consumption of processed foods because not only do they contain sugars and additives, but most are also rich in omega-6 fatty acids which unbalance the fragile omega-3/omega-6 ratio, which contributes to inflammation, a key factor in most pain.
3) Eliminate or drastically reduce most grains and sugars (especially fructose) from your diet. Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels. High levels of insulin and leptin are among the most important activators of inflammatory prostaglandin production. This is why cutting out sugar and grains is so important to control your pain.
4) Optimize your production of vitamin D by regularly exposing yourself to the sun in an appropriate way, because it intervenes in different mechanisms to reduce your pain. This satisfies your body’s need for regular sun exposure.
Chronic pain: these natural painkillers
– Ginger: this spice is anti-inflammatory, relieves pain and has a soothing effect on the stomach. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water like tea, or grated in vegetable juice.
– Curcumin: curcumin is the main therapeutic compound identified in turmeric. In a study of arthritis patients, those who added 200 mg of turmeric daily to their treatment saw their pain reduced and their mobility increased. Curcumin has in fact been shown by over 50 clinical studies to have potent anti-inflammatory activity.
– Boswellia: Boswellia, or boswellia serrata, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that have been prized for thousands of years.
– Bromelain: this protein-digesting enzyme found in pineapples is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple can also be beneficial. Know that bromelain is mostly found in the heart of the pineapple, so you can leave out some pulp when you consume the fruit.
– Cetyl myristoleate (CMO): this oil, found in fresh fish and butter, acts as a “joint lubricant” and an anti-inflammatory. It can be used as a topical preparation to relieve mild carpal tunnel syndrome
– Evening primrose, blackcurrant and borage oil: these contain gamma-linolenic fatty acids (GLA), which are useful in the treatment of arthritis pain.