Eat Right to Reduce Inflammation
When you are recovering from an injury sustained in a workplace accident, there are many things you can do to make your recovery progress more smoothly. One of these is maintaining a healthy diet. In addition to preventing weight gain, the right diet can help you minimize your pain by reducing inflammation.
Inflammation is the localized swelling and reddening of a body part. Individuals who suffer injuries often experience inflammation of the body part that was injured. Incorporate the following foods into your diet to minimize your inflammation and feel better as you progress through your recovery.Soybeans and Other Beans
Beans, especially soybeans, have been proven to reduce inflammation. This is because of the fiber and the phytonutrients found in beans, which can lower your C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.
In many cases, beans can easily be substituted for meats in dishes like burritos, soups, salads, and stir fry. In addition to their inflammation-fighting ability, beans are an inexpensive source of protein.Salmon
Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can alleviate inflammation and its related pain. Other types of fish, such as sardines and herring, can also supply the omega-3 fatty acids you need.
Some ideas for salmon meals include salmon sashimi, grilled salmon steaks, or salmon meatballs served with jasmine rice. Be creative and make use of the millions of recipes online to find a way to work salmon and other fish into your diet.Ginger
Research has shown that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that make it comparable to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Tylenol and Motrin. This is because of the enzymes in the root can inhibit, cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2.
Fresh or dried ginger can be easily added to a dish as a tangy, sweet enhancement. Try diffusing some ginger in olive oil to make a tasty salad dressing.Tea
All types of tea contain polyphenols, compounds that can improve the immune system and help to inhibit inflammation. Green tea in particular has been found to reduce inflammation because it contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Find a tea that you enjoy drinking. There are thousands of tea varieties from which you can choose, such as oolong, sencha, and earl grey.Avoid the Following Foods to Avoid Inflammation
- Dairy products;
- Grain-fed meats; and
- Tropical fruits such as pineapples and kiwi.
When you are recovering from an injury you sustained in a workplace accident, one of the most difficult parts of the process is managing your pain. Discuss a pain management plan with your doctor. This plan could include medication, ice and heat therapy, physical therapy, or a combination of these treatment methods. Talk to him or her about modifying your diet to reduce your pain in conjunction with these treatment methods.
If you decide to file a workplace injury claim, contact Corsiglia, McMahon, & Allard, L.L.P. to schedule your free legal consultation with us. Our skilled San Jose workplace injury attorneys are available for clients in the Bay Area, San Mateo County, Alameda County, San Benito County, Monterey County, and Santa Clara County.Sources