By Burning Nights
For people living with chronic illnesses, pain is near-constant. A day very rarely goes by without suffering agonising pains from lupus, CRPS, fibromyalgia or whatever the illness may be. It’s a real challenge to keep smiling and remain positive through the pain barrier, but it can be done and it will make a tough situation much less difficult to bear.
One vital way in which people can help to ease the symptoms of chronic pain is through a healthy diet based around ‘superfoods’ with antioxidant properties. Food such as salmon, red peppers, garlic and berries are all renowned for relieving the symptoms of chronic pain, while ginger and turmeric can be incorporated into meals in a further immune boost. These superfoods don’t strictly have to be eaten whole, either – you can break them down into portions that feel right or add them to other foods for a dash of taste.
Just as important as knowing what’s recommended is being aware of what should be avoided at all costs. Sugary food and drink is a total no-no, while red meat should also be removed from the diet of a person with chronic illness. The same goes for caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, which might give a short-term kick but ultimately do a lot more harm than good, not just physically but also psychologically.
The infographic below from Burning Nights (http://www.burningnightscrps.org/) identifies seven superfoods that ought to be part of every spoonie’s diet and lists dietary recommendations to help with some of the most common hidden illnesses.
Burning Nights is dedicated to increasing awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) across the UK and worldwide, and offering support to people suffering from CRPS