By CHIOMA OBINNA
Do you know that you are what you eat? Do you know that your diet plays an important role in your general well–being? Your choice of diet not only determines the level your health status but Ccould really play a role in changing your pain. When we experience pain, the first thing most of us do is reach for a bottle of pills. Aspirin and ibuprofen drugs are able to counter our aches and pains, because they are anti-inflammatory.
However, experts say while pills are sometimes necessary, there is also an often-overlooked option that minimises pain: our diet. Certain healthy foods have anti-inflammatory properties, similar to aspirin and ibuprofen.
Probably the best known anti-inflammatory food is salmon. A potent source of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon eases inflammation and has been shown to benefit people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Another well-known anti-inflammatory powerhouse is green tea, which has flavonoid compounds that ease pain.
Spices are effective, as well. If you love curry, then you will love this news: turmeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, has been compared favourably to ibuprofen in fighting pain. Ginger is also a great way to add some zing to your meal and fight pain while you are at it.
There are all kinds of fruits and vegetables that provide anti-inflammatory benefits. The easiest way to find them is to seek out the bright and colourful sections in the fruits shops. Chances are the more colourful produce will fit into an anti-inflammatory diet regimen: think leafy greens, berries, red grapes, cherries, and oranges, and you are well again.
To keep pain at bay, it’s just as important to avoid foods that aggravate inflammation. These foods include sugar, refined grains (white bread), and the trans fats in processed foods.
Furthermore, although there is much more fun in eating tasty foods than taking pills for your pain, experts advised that you do not substitute it for your doctor’s prescribed medicines.
Wise dietary choices may be a savvy complement to your doctor-recommended medication and also a strong deterrent to age-related pain as you get older.