Constant pain can take over your life, making it hard to concentrate on anything else but the dull ache, soreness, discomfort or other pain in your body. Chronic pain can test even the most positive of people, but there are ways to manage it.
As massage therapists, we are obviously big advocates of using deep tissues massages as a way to help manage pain and reduce symptoms, but there are some additional things you can be doing at home to help.
If you’re prone to sore joints and constant aches and pains, you may find solace in powerful natural remedies that can be found in your local supermarket.
Here are the foods you should be putting on your shopping list to help reduce inflammation in the body:
There’s a great enzyme found in the exotic fruit pineapple, known as Bromelain, that boasts wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits. Bromelain gets absorbed into our bodies in the digestive tract, where other enzymes don’t absorb – instead they break down – meaning where other nutrients are passing through the digestive tract, the body sees a difference from Bromelain.
Ginger is a fantastic addition to your day-to-day life, whether you’re adding it to your tea, sprinkling it over your meals or taking it as a health-kick shot, you should really be getting your ginger fix.
It boasts huge benefits and protecting your immune system and reducing inflammation are the main two.
Strong in flavour and packing a punch in the health stakes, try adding ginger to your meals to reap the rewards.
As with ginger, you can add this to your meals, drink it as tea or take capsules, turmeric has a whole host of benefits when it comes to reducing inflammation in the body. This healthy root is hugely popular and it’s easy to see why:
Turmeric can dramatically increase the antioxidant capacity in the body and fight the mechanisms behind many diseases.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are packed with antioxidants that can help your body fight inflammation. One cup includes vitamin A, C and K as well as iron.
Love it or hate it, celery is extremely good for us. With properties that help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as prevent against heart disease, celery is great for fighting inflammation and bacterial infections.
Boasting a range of vitamins, such as K, A, C as well as potassium, celery should be a regular ingredient in your cooking.
Beautiful beets get their renowned colour from the antioxidant Betalain – an incredible anti-inflammatory. The compounds found in these popular vegetables block the cyclo-oxygenase enzymes, which can trigger inflammation.
Beetroot is full of potassium and magnesium so add to your diet where you can to make a bright plate of food.
These are well known for the antioxidants; blueberries are the go-to for low-sugar and high antioxidants. Not only do they contribute to good skin, good digestion and improved memory and motor function, blueberries are packed with vitamin K and C, boasting great anti-inflammatory properties.
With the spotlight well and truly on bone broth, thanks to its surge in popularity amongst health bloggers, bone broth is jam-packed with nutrients and minerals that your body can easily absorb. Offering calcium and magnesium, amongst others, bone broth also contains compounds that reduce inflammation that cause arthritis and joint pain.
Flavour your meals with bone broth or add hot water and drink to kick-start your digestive system.
Of course, these should be added to your diet in addition to any skeletal or muscular work that you’re doing. If you combine proper rehabilitation with a diet that works for you, you’ll likely see bigger changes in any aches and pains in your body.
For a deep tissue massage to help alleviate pain and soreness, get in touch with one of our friendly experts and get booked in for a massage today!