Eat Your Feelings

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When in pain or discomfort, many of us often take to seeking out salvation in ways that feel good and are familiar to us. One of the most common ways is food. We inhale comfort food to keep ourselves satisfied, as momentary, and often, unhealthy as it is. Those cookies, chips, and slices of pizza didn’t know what was coming for them. If we have to be in pain, might as well enjoy something, right? But wait, what if you knew that there are foods that you can consume that not only taste great but ALSO help with your pain? How’s that for some food for thought? Take a look below at some great pain fighting foods that will have you managing your discomfort happily.

Cherries in a bowlCherries:
These delicious little berries pack a greater punch than it seems, and will help knock that pain away! If you’re suffering from arthritis or muscle pain, 45 of these little guys will have you seeing better days. A compound found in cherries called anthocyanins, are powerful antioxidants that help lower pain levels. Working to do two jobs at once, this compound blocks inflammation and simultaneously blocks pain enzymes, a similar effect of ibuprofen. Eating a bowlful for breakfast or guzzling down 12 ounces of cherry juice (ensure that is has no additives) will have you feeling quite merry!

Ginger is quickly becoming popular and is making a grand appearance in juice recipes. This spicy root has been used for ages in traditional natural Ginger and lemonsmedicines and is known best as a stomach healer, to help keep you warm, and soothe a sore throat. It can also help with migraines, sore muscle and arthritis. Having ¼ of a teaspoon daily will help soothe inflamed muscles, working to relieve you of the aforementioned pains. You can make tea, add it to smoothies and juice, grate it into stir-fries, or even add it to desserts!

Fish with low mercury counts are fantastic for pain relief. Salmon, Herring, and Sardines are great to relieve back and neck pain, and sore joints. Having cooked fishjust two to three 3-ounce servings weekly will help boost your omega-3 fatty acid count, something that is great for your blood. Back pain is often caused by low blood flow to the spinal disks, where they start to lose their oxygen and nutrients, causing degeneration. Fish oil is super beneficial for cardiovascular protection and to keep inflammation down in the body. If you don’t eat fish, supplements can help you gain that essential omega-3 that’s needed. We often overlook fish as a meal, however consumption will keep your blood cells happily swimming upstream.

TurmericAnother traditional spice, turmeric has been slowly making its way into the limelight. Consuming 1 tablespoon daily will help in ridding your body of achy joint pain and colitis (inflamed colon). Ayurvedic medicine swears by this spice, which both relives pain and speeds up digestion. A property found in the spice called curcumin helps protect the body from tissue destruction and joint inflammation, as well as preserving good nerve cell production. Use it in curries, or sprinkle it on salads, rice, cooked grains, and soups. It’s best used along with black pepper as an agent in black pepper helps bring out the curcumin.

Looks like you have some grocery shopping to do! Most of these foods are available in regular grocery stores and are easy to incorporate into your diet. Contact us for an appointment, consultation, or questions. Happy cooking!

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.