Is Your Diet Hurting Or Helping Your Pain
Many people do not pay attention to the nutrition they consume on a regular basis. A normal diet often lacks the required essential minerals and vitamins needed for optimal nutrition. Nutritional deficiencies can adversely affect your immune response, mental functioning, mood swings, inflammation levels, and energy levels.
Research shows that certain dietary supplements, if taken before or after surgery, can help in faster recovery and better wound healing. Pro-inflammatory foods such as candy, bagels, cookies, cakes, etc. can worsen pain and make your body age. However, not all pro-inflammatory foods are bad for you. Some pro-inflammatory foods that can aid in pain management and healing are given below:
Curcumin is found in spices like turmeric and contributes to reduce tenderness and soreness after strenuous physical exercise and to expedite the healing process after an injury or surgery.
Bromelain is an enzyme that is found in pineapples. It is effective in reducing swelling or bruising after an injury and helps to bring relief in cases of burns and wounds.
Probiotics are basically a type of good bacteria that help digestion and contribute to maintaining a balance of healthy bacteria in the intestines. A common source of probiotic is yogurt.
Proteins and amino acids
Proteins and amino acids serve as the building blocks in your body. They help with tissue repair, growth and cell renewal.
Lack of protein may cause weakness in patients suffering from severe pain. Amino acids produce pain controlling compounds. Amino acids stimulate immune cells which promote wound healing and help in the circulation of nitric oxide to the body. This results in shorter recovery time after surgery.
Amino acids build muscles and collagen which are crucial for the development of intervertebral and cartridge disks. Protein activates glucagon which stops storage of extra sugar as fat. A large number of edible foods containing protein, like green vegetables and fish are full of anti-inflammatory compounds.
These foods and nutrients should be a part of daily diet of patients who suffer from chronic pain to help with pain management.