It has been proved through researches that the foods you eat can make a difference in chronic pain or inflammation. Inflammation is a localized reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, red coloration to the area, and sometimes loss of movement or function. Inflammation is also accompanied by the chronic problems such as heart diseases and strokes.
We should try to avoid pro-inflammatory foods. Pro-inflammatory foods will increase inflammation, which increase your pain from the inflammation and may also raise your risk for chronic disease. Consumption of junk foods, red meats, sugar and fast foods encourages inflammation in the body. This is because of the unhealthy oils used in preparing and processing these food items, particularly Trans oils and saturated oils. Processed meats and sausages contain chemicals such as nitrites that may cause inflammation and chronic disease.
Saturated fats are also present in meats, dairy products and eggs. Although, all of these items are important source of minerals and vitamins, but can be harmful in people with heart problems. These foods also contain fatty acids known as arachidonic acid. Although some arachidonic acid is crucial for health but high concentration of arachidonic acid in the diet aggravates inflammation. Low fat milk and cheese, lean cuts of meat etc. do not promote inflammation.
Food contents rich in sugar aggravate inflammation, obesity and chronic disease such as diabetes. Avoid consumption of high sugar foods such as sodas, soft drinks, pastries, presweetened cereals and candy, chocolates, rich desserts etc.
Even though fruits and vegetables are important for their vitamins, minerals, and natural antioxidants, nevertheless some vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant may worsen the pain from inflammation. These vegetables contain a chemical alkaloid called solanine. This chemical is known to initiate pain in some people.