THE HEALTHY SWEDE
I have been battling a back injury (two disc herniations and an SI joint issue) since last year and I’m a firm believer in the body’s ability to heal itself. I don’t usually take pain meds unless I absolutely have to (long flights, can’t sleep though the night due to pain etc), as I don’t like the feeling of being “cloudy” and I also want to feel the pain so I know if I’m doing something to hurt it more. I do, however, focus a lot on my diet and I find that it definitely helps a lot! You are what you eat!
My diet mostly consists of whole, unprocessed foods and I try to cook my own meals 90% of the time. If you eat at restaurants, chances are that you are getting way to much sugar, fat and salt – even in the “healthy” items!
Foods high in sugar and saturated fat can spur inflammation. “They cause overactivity in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to the blood vessels,” says Scott Zashin, MD, clinical professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. (Health.com)
Here is a list of the top anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving foods:
- Cinnamon (sprinkle on oatmeal in the morning for example)
- Olive oil
- Whole grains, such as quinoa, brown rice, oats etc.
- Broccoli and other greens
- Nuts and nut butters (is there anything yummier than almond butter on a banana?!)
- Ginger (I usually boil part of a root for 20mins to make tea)