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Seven Foods that May Help Relieve Pain

Tips from Brisbin Family Chiropractic for eating to reduce inflammation

Eat well to feel well

At Brisbin Family Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on helping people relieve pain without the use of drugs or surgery. For those that want to take this to the next level, here are 7 foods that may help relieve pain.

This root is a natural anti-nauseant and has been used for many years to help relieve stomach aches. It may also help decrease inflammation. It is best to eat ginger whole or drink some ginger tea (ginger ale has ginger in it but it also contains a lot of sugar…try to stay away.

As far as oils go, this one is a keeper. Olive oil is a compound that is much easier for your body to use than other oils, and it helps the body decrease its inflammation.

Fish in general have healthy properties to them, but salmon contains a high percentage of omega-3 oils, the oils that the body needs to keep the inflammation at bay.

Grapes contain resveratrol, a compound that has anti-inflammatory benefits. And who doesn’t like red grapes?

Thyme decreases the perception of pain, thereby reducing the amount of pain you are experiencing.

Like I said before with the salmon, omega-3 fish oil is an important part to keep the inflammation in the body controlled. If you don’t like fish, try taking a fish oil supplement. They taste less fishy (at least some do) and give the same benefit.

According to research from Michigan State University, eating 20 tart cherries a day may relieve pain better than aspirin. The antioxidants in cherries might also help reduce pain from gout, arthritis and inflammation.

As you probably noticed, I mentioned a lot about inflammation and not a lot about pain. They are actually connected as pain is a symptom produced when there is too much inflammation in the body. Decrease the inflammation and you will decrease the pain. Chiropractic adjustments also help to decrease the pain and inflammation by allowing the joints in the spine to move freely and to take the pressure off the nerves, allowing the body to react appropriately and not to send too much inflammation to certain areas.

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