How To Eat For Pain Relief

Chronic inflammation has been linked a number of conditions including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, some cancers, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some foods can actually aid in relieving pain throughout the body.  These foods are not pain-killers in and of themselves, but they have been shown to reduce the inflammation that contributes to pain. While many factors may contribute to inflammation (stress, genetic predisposition, exposure to toxins), diet has a significant impact. Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. has constructed an anti-inflammatory food pyramid to serve as a guide for what types of foods you should eat.  Here is an additional list of the Top 10 foods chosen for their anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Acai fruit
  • Allium vegetables: garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives, and shallots
  • Barley
  • Green foods, such as wheatgrass
  • Buckwheat, both seeds and grains
  • Beans and lentils
  • Hot peppers
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Yogurt and kefir


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