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At Aria’s Health and Wellness Institute where there the best Pain Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, a holistic approach is taken by our team to treat pain. Today we will explore how diet and nutrition impact our ability to improve and alleviate symptoms of pain. Food and diet can be used as an integrative approach along with your health professional’s treatment plan for you.  Over 110 million people in the United States suffer from  chronic pain , that’s over a third of all Americans. Medications are helpful for many, but at times have side effects that are difficult to bear.

Relief can be found for many by stocking your pantry and fridge with the right food choices. Here are some exciting food options that might help bring you relief.

Ginger

We have all heard of ginger for easing nausea, in addition to settling your feeling of queasiness, it contains compounds that help fight inflammation which is a precursor in many instances to pain. Try adding a ¼ teaspoon to your diet daily to ease migraines, sore muscles and the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Add ginger to your stir-fry’s, smoothies or when baking your favorite cookies. Create your very own ginger tea by slicing a piece of gingerroot and letting it steep in boiling water for fifteen minutes.

Cherries

A bowl filled with 45 cherries in the morning can help fight arthritis and muscle pain. Phytonutrients called anthocyanins, which give cherries their deep, beautiful color, work in different ways to help manage your pain. They prevent inflammation as well as stop pain receptors, much like the way aspirin and non-steroidal drugs like Ibuprofen work. Add cherry juice and fresh cherries to your morning breakfast and you might find your pain and inflammation significantly improved.

Salmon

To help fight  back pain , and all sorts of joint pain, eating fish low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids can help relieve you of your pain. Omega-3s help by improving blood flow and reducing inflammation in nerves and blood vessels. Salmon, herring and sardines are all good choices to alternate between, Try and have three servings per week. Fish oil also has the added benefit of increasing cardiovascular health, and elevating mood. People tend to focus on their aches and pains when they are feeling down, so adding fish high in omega-3’s will lift your mood and help alleviate your pain.

Turmeric

1 teaspoon daily, can fight inflammation of the colon (Colitis) and help manage the pain and inflammation of Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of the main spices used in Indian curries, which gives it it’s yellow coloring, turmeric has been used in India to treat digestive issues and pain for centuries. The substance in turmeric called curcumin, is what contains the anti-inflammatory properties. Always use turmeric in combination with black pepper, the piperine in black pepper activates the curcumin in the turmeric so your will get the maximum benefit from it. You can add turmeric to your chicken, beef or salads.

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in St. Petersburg, Florida you will get the treatment you need to manage your pain from a holistic perspective. Incorporate some of the above food choices and see how it works in conjunction with the treatment plan your pain management team has provided for you. In the upcoming months, we will continue to explore food choices that help in the prevention and management of pain.