Eating enough fruits and vegetables in your daily diet can be challenging. However, making sure you get plenty of fresh produce is important. When you’re living with chronic pain or conditions that cause inflammation, eating the right foods becomes even more important. If you’re tired of eating fruit and vegetables the old-fashioned way, consider juicing for pain relief.
Foods that Fight Pain
Certain foods may actually help combat chronic inflammation and pain. These foods are often rich in antioxidants, polyphenols as well as vitamins and minerals. Many people find it difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Juicing allows you to drink fruit and vegetable juices, so you may receive the benefits of these excellent foods a little easier.
Examples of foods to try juicing include, but are not limited to, the following:
Pineapple, Cucumber and Turmeric Juice Recipe
Pineapple is packed with pain-fighting nutrients. In fact, pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that has shown promise in aiding digestion, fighting cancer and promoting better whole body health. Bromelain may also help reduce inflammation, which could also help reduce pain levels. In addition, turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory.
Combined with turmeric and dash of cinnamon, this pineapple juice recipe packs a punch of tasty benefits.
Ingredients (serves 6)
- 1 pineapple
- 2 cucumbers
- 15 three-inch pieces of fresh turmeric root
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- Juice the pineapple, cucumber and fresh turmeric
- Pour into a glass.
- Stir in the cinnamon and enjoy!
Carrot and Orange Juice Recipe
Carrots, apples and oranges pack lots of vitamins A and C. These vitamins help boost your immune system. When you eat healthy, your body gets plenty of the nutrients it needs to keep you feeling well. This also helps reduce the stress your body goes through. Less stress and a healthier immune system can keep you stronger. Check out this carrot and orange juice recipe, courtesy of Eating Well:
- 1 yellow tomato, cut into wedges (other color varieties are fine, too)
- 1 medium orange, peeled and quartered
- 1 medium apple, cut into eighths
- 4 large carrots, peeled
- Ice (optional)
- In this order, process tomato, orange, apple and carrots through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- If desired, fill two glasses with ice
- Pour the juice into the glasses.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Blueberry and Spinach Juice Recipe
Blueberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which gives blueberries their color and is also a potent antioxidant. Because of this, blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, they taste great. Add some spinach for increased fiber, iron and other important nutrients. Here’s the easy recipe, courtesy of Natural Living Ideas:
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 2 cups of fresh blueberries
- 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves
- 2 Fuji apples
- Juice and enjoy!
There are lots of combinations for juice recipes, so remember to have fun while you try them. Pick your favorite recipes and keep track of how you feel over time. Remember to talk with your doctor before you try juicing, too. Your doctor may have suggestions to help you.