Natural Highs….Nature’s Anti Inflammatory Healing Gifts

by grainnep

Arthritis, Neuropathic pain, Chronic pain, there are huge numbers of people who suffer from significant amounts of pain caused by these and other conditions.
Unfortunately for many sufferers there is no cure and while doctors prescribe many treatments including physiotherapies and painkillers the don’t always help and I know unless the pain is extreme I’ve always tried to avoid the drugs as I hate the fuzzy out of body feeling they leave you with.

The right diet and lifestyle including exercise has had a significant impact on my condition but many people dont yet know about the gift from nature of these healing foods. They don’t cure but they definitely alleviate symptoms and coupled with a good supplement regime, I’m able to live my life to the full including taking adult gymnastics classes….not bad for someone whose idol was Nadia Comaneci at the ’76 Olympics!

These are some of my favourite healing foods and i make a concerted effort to get loads of these into my daily diet.

Avocados Full of monosaturated essential fatty acids and vitamins including Vit E, these are a great option to suppressinflammation and are believed to contribute to repair of cartilage.
Nuts Brazil and Macadamia being my favourites, Monosaturated fatty acids, vitamins and selenium all essential to heal inflammation
Spices natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory agents, fill your dishes with ginger, turmeric, fennel, cloves, cumin, chili. Amazing taste too.
Green Leafy Veg Broccoli, Spinach, Kale full of antioxidant carotenoids, Vitamins, Calcium and Magnesium – all great for happy joints and bones
Dark fruit Grapes, plums, cherries, blueberries, full of antioxidant anthocyanins to reduce pain and inflammation.
Fish Salmon, Sardines, Mackerel, (Look for line caught if possible) Full of Omega 3 Fatty acids and amazing for heart health and joint inflammation

If you are fit healthy and pain free then you are probably already including lots of these in your diet, if not then do try to include at least one every day.

Finally….try a gluten free trial. As a self confessed carb hog, I absolutely adore bread with so many childhood memories associated with the comfort of warm buttered toast or making bread with my lovely Mum.
The reality is though that Gluten aggravates my symptoms. If I avoid it, I feel better. Trouble is that shop bought gluten free products, generally speaking bear no resemblance at all to homemade bread, more akin to cardboard than bread.

These are some of my recipes using Healing Ingredients:-
Halibut and Green Beans
Griddled Salmon and Veg
Guasaca
Cold remedies and Smoothies
Nut Burgers with Chutney

Check my recipe index for a full list of all my recipes here