6 Foods That Ease Chronic Pain
Have a sore back, stiff neck, or deal with chronic pain issues? Make sure your diet includes these foods
While non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and prescription pain meds have their place in a chronic pain treatment plan, they're not the only solution. In fact, you'll give those pain pills a better shot at working most effectively if you take a look at your diet.
"You can actually find a lot of relief by adding specific foods to your diet that are proven to ease pain," says Ashley Koff, RD, Los Angeles-based celebrity dietitian and author of "Mom Energy." But just as important as what you add to your diet is what you might need to stop eating, says Alison Massey, MS, RD, LDN, a dietitian at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. "Diets high in refined starches, sugars, saturated fats, and trans fats turn on the inflammatory response in the body, which makes pain worse," she says.
Skip ahead to find out which 6 foods will ease chronic pain.
So while comfort foods packed with these ingredients may be just what you're craving when your pain gets intense, try to remember that those bad-for-you foods are only going to make you feel worse. Your new go-to eating plan: Load up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and these nine foods proven to ease chronic pain.
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