It feels like the color drains from the world as we age. We need to eat less and exercise more just to keep up a shred of our youthful energy, and, at a certain point, that’s not enough. Suddenly, certain foods don’t sit well and pain becomes a chronic problem.
As it turns out, some foods promote inflammation—even certain healthy foods. It’s this increased inflammation that can flare up chronic pain. And that’s when the simple things start getting taken away. Walking the dog, swinging a golf club, and even snuggling with your loved one becomes nearly impossible.
But it is what’s underneath the pain that truly hurts. Weight gain is inevitable as you just can’t move around like you used to. Something as simple as a trip to the park with your grandkids causes anxiety, which can lead to depression. And then there’s the loneliness. Your lifetime love is now putting on your shoes and helping you get around the house instead of being intimate.
Pain and Inflammation
Essentially, pain is inflammation. We take anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to relieve pain, but, at a certain point, anti-inflammatories don’t do the trick anymore. And they can also cause digestive problems if taken too much. However, we can reduce inflammation before it happens with diet.
As Hippocrates once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” It basically means, “You are what you eat.” If you eat inflammation-causing foods, then you’ll have inflammation, but you can decrease pain by eating an anti-inflammatory diet.
What You Can’t Eat
Refined sugars, polyunsaturated fats, trans-fats, phosphates, and artificial sweeteners and colors cause inflammation. This means no fast food, processed foods, cigarettes or alcohol should be consumed.
A recent study showed that 68% of the foods in the average American grocery store have added sugar. Polyunsaturated fats are found in most cooking oils, while trans-fats are found in margarine. What you’re essentially left with is the produce aisle.
The Anti-inflammatory Diet
You want to get as much of your nutrition from food as possible. Add as many of these seven anti-inflammatory ingredients into your meals as you can, and supplement the rest.
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Cayenne Pepper
You can add ginger or turmeric to tea. Cherries make for a great snack, but cherry juice works well if the fruit is not in season. Omega-3s are derived from cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel. Cayenne pepper, which gives buffalo wings their flavor, is a great shakeable seasoning. Antioxidants are found in abundance in colorful fruits and vegetables. And you can get bromelain from a juicy slice of pineapple.
Stem Cells for Inflammation
Stem cell therapy has shown the remarkable ability to reduce inflammation. Consider a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine where stem cells were injected into a single inflamed knee of 25 different patients. A saline placebo was injected into the other knee. Unbelievably, both knees of each patient saw improvement. If you’re suffering from isolating and chronic pain, click here to watch a free webinar about how stem cell therapy can help you.