March Madness is here. With all that basketball to watch, you might be looking to eat something better than pizza and wings—especially if you read our previous post about foods that help manage pain. We’ve curated some suggested recipes based on typical causes of pain. If you really want to make a game out of it, you could group these ideas into brackets and pick your favorites. Because food may trigger different reactions in different people, it’s best to consult your doctor before beginning a new diet.
When your body is under attack from foreign invaders, inflammation can help stimulate healing. But chronic, long-term inflammation can cause many different health issues. If you’re taking medication regularly but not rethinking your diet, you’re still fueling inflammation.
- 20 Anti-inflammatory Recipes to Help You Glow from the Inside Out via Spoon University
Arthritis is not a single disease but an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions that affect all different kinds of people. Fortunately, many foods can help manage the pain.
- Arthritis-friendly recipes via Arthritis Foundation
Often caused by diabetes, fibromyalgia, shingles, or nutrient deficiencies, nerve pain can be difficult and uncomfortable. Diet can play a large role in managing that pain. Some foods can weaken or damage the nerves further while other foods can strengthen your nerves—helping to guard against further damage and boosting the health of your peripheral nervous system.
- Quick and Easy Recipes for Neuropathy via Cook for Your Life
Your muscles might feel sore after a run or overdoing it at the gym—particularly if you don’t normally exercise rigorously. This occurs due to muscle damage and the buildup of natural waste products in your cells. Eating the right foods before and after physical activity can help your muscles heal faster, ease pain, and even protect against muscle damage in the first place.
- Post-Workout Meals via Cooking Light
Pain and stress have a similar effect on the body. Your heart rate and blood pressure rise. Breathing becomes fast and shallow. And your muscles tighten. This takes a big toll on your body. Levels of stress hormones increase, and muscles remain in a nearly constant state of tension. Many people forget that stress and nutrition are also closely linked. A well-planned diet would ease strain on both the mind and body.
- 20 Recipes to Help Reduce Stress via Eluxe Magazine