5 Foods to Reduce Pain & Inflammation

5 Foods to Reduce Pain & Inflammation

With every passing year, inflammation can play a bigger role in one’s life, as well as cause more and more pain. Researchers believe high rates of inflammation in the body is linked to diseases ranging from multiple sclerosis to Lupus, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, depression, and diabetes. By reducing or eliminating inflammation, you can lower your risk for developing these diseases, as well as reduce your everyday pain.

For seniors with arthritis, minimizing inflammation can provide relief from the pain and symptoms of the disease without resorting to medication that may have unpleasant side effects. With thoughtful planning, you can reduce inflammation by adding more of these foods in your diet.

Celery

This crunchy vegetable has gotten a bad reputation over the years. Many people believe it doesn’t offer any nutritional value at all. The truth is that celery contains an impressive combination of antioxidants, vitamins, and potassium. It’s a mix that helps fight inflammation, manage cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. Celery is great because it is easy to chop up and add to soups, salads, appetizers, and dips. You can’t beat it!

Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, along with vitamins B12 and D, is salmon, plus It lowers rates of heart disease and cancer. Try to incorporate Salmon into your favorite chowder recipe or broil it with spring vegetables. The health benefits of salmon make it a food that’s worth eating, and even experimenting with.

Beets

This root vegetable is also easy to incorporate in to your diet. It rewards people who eat it with reduced pain and lower inflammation. The vitamins and nutrients in beets is what gives this vegetable its rich color and anti-inflammatory properties. You can roast it in the oven, blend it up in to a dip to serve with pita chips or fresh vegetables, add it to smoothies, or slice it up to include in salads.

Blueberries

This tasty natural treat is rich in a strong anti-inflammatory called quercetin. It’s credited with health benefits that include reducing the symptoms of gout, decreasing the pain of arthritis, and lessening the severity of colds. Add blueberries to your morning cereal, afternoon fruit cup, frozen smoothies, or gluten-free muffins.

Leafy Greens

Throw a handful of fresh kale or chard into a bowl of soup right before serving it to lower your inflammation. If you are making a smoothie, add a little chopped spinach to it, your body will appreciate it. You likely won’t notice a difference in the taste using either of these methods, and both will help you increase the amount of leafy greens in your daily diet.

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