Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Natural Bunion Treatment?
When it comes to bunion treatment, at Bunion Bootie we are big fans of natural tactics to reduce bunion pain. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we figured we’d cover the topic of food and how it can impact bunions. Anti-inflammatory foods are foods that can actually reduce inflammation in the body, reducing stiffness, discomfort, pain and more. When it comes to caring for your bunion(s), making sure to eat a healthy diet full of anti-inflammatory foods is highly recommended. According to Arthritis.org, researchers have identified certain foods that can help control inflammation in the body. Today we’ll cover those food and even include some information on what to avoid.
Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries & More.
When it comes to fruit, we’ve all heard how great berries can be for the body. Berries contain antioxidants known as “anthocyanins”. Anthocyanins can help to reduce inflammation in the body, potentially reducing the symptoms and discomfort caused by bunions. If you’re looking to increase your dose of anti-inflammatory foods, add fresh berries to your daily meal plan.
Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger & More.
Turmeric, garlic, ginger along with other herbs and spices have been used around the world in medicine for centuries. According to Healthline, Turmeric itself contains curcumin which is known to reduce inflammation in the body. Many other herbs and spices also contain compounds that can directly reduce inflammation in the body. If you would like to spice up your food a bit while improving your bunion symptoms, try adding some new spices to your daily dishes.
Walnuts, Pine Nuts, Pistachios & More.
Looking for a quick snack that can help improve your bunion symptoms? Pistachios, almonds, pine nuts, walnuts and many other seeds and nuts are full of inflammation-fighting monounsaturated fat and are packed with fiber. For another option of anti-inflammatory foods and a healthy snack you can take anywhere, try adding some more seeds and nuts to your diet.
Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Anchovies & More.
When it comes to meat, certain fish are extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is known to be inflammation-fighting and reduce C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 in the body. These two inflammatory proteins can make stiffness, discomfort and pain worse. WebMD recommends you add fish to your plate at least twice a week for meals.
Worried that dessert will be off the menu when it comes to addressing your bunions and inflammation? No need, dark chocolate can be a wonderfully tasty and healthy snack. Flavanols found in dark chocolate are responsible for anti-inflammatory effects. Make sure to select dark chocolate that is 70% or higher.
Inflammatory Foods to Avoid
Wondering what foods you should be avoiding if you want to keep your inflammation and pain in check? We recommend avoiding any foods which are highly processed (comes in a bag, box, etc.), foods that are fried or extremely greasy and foods that contain a lot of sugar. Sugar is known to actually promote inflammation in the body.
Start Your Non-Surgical Bunion Treatment Today
Along with an anti-inflammatory foods and diet, there are various natural, non-surgical bunion treatment options which can help to reduce symptoms. At Bunion Bootie, we offer essential oils, bunion balms and even bunion braces. Start your bunion treatment today!