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Foods You Should Eat When Dealing With a Neck Strain

Foods You Should Eat When Dealing With a Neck Strain

Neck strain is a common condition that happens when you overexert the muscles or tendons in your neck. This type of injury can cause pain and discomfort that can last for days to weeks. Eating a balanced diet is essential for overall health and healing. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best foods you can eat to help relieve neck strain. Whether you’re working with a registered dietitian or naturopathic doctor, these foods can assist in your recovery process.

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help decrease inflammation in the body. Inflammation is often the culprit of pain and discomfort in the neck. Omega-3s have also been shown to improve joint mobility, which is essential for neck strain recovery.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach and kale are loaded with crucial vitamins and minerals that are essential for recovery, such as vitamin K and magnesium. These vitamins help to promote strong bones, which can assist with neck strain recovery. They also promote healthy blood flow, which can reduce pain and inflammation.


Turmeric, a spice commonly found in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, has potent anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to reduce the production of inflammation-causing enzymes in the body. Adding turmeric to your meals can provide relief from neck strain symptoms.


Berries, like strawberries and blueberries, are high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and prevent cellular damage. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can promote a quicker recovery from neck strain.


Ginger has been used throughout history for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is commonly used to help with muscle pain, which makes it an excellent natural remedy for neck strain. Try adding fresh ginger to your meals or steeping it as a tea to experience its benefits.

If you’re suffering from neck strain, incorporating these foods into your diet can help alleviate symptoms and promote a quicker recovery. It’s important to remember that a balanced diet is crucial for overall health, and healing from an injury is no different. Consult with your healthcare provider to discuss which foods and nutrients are best for your individual situation. With the help of a dietitian or naturopathic doctor, you can recover from neck strain and prevent future injuries by focusing on proper nutrition.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Bhavin Mistry, BASc, MAN, RD or another Kitchener dietitian in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Bhavin Mistry, BASc, MAN, RD

What does food mean to you? A question that has many complexities and layers to it. When you work with Bhavin, he will take all factors into account when it comes to nutrition, food, and your health. Areas of health and nutrition that he specializes include: men’s health & wellness, chronic disease management, and pediatric/family nutrition. Bhavin holds a Master of Applied Nutrition degree from the University of Guelph where he also completed his dietetic practical training. Prior to this, Bhavin completed two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: the first majoring in Child, Youth & Family from the University of Guelph and the second majoring in Nutrition & Food from Toronto Metropolitan University. Bhavin is passionate about providing the most current evidence-based nutrition recommendations to his clients. He ensures that he supports his clients in building plans that are sustainable, realistic, and individualized. Bhavin wholeheartedly believes in the importance of tailoring nutrition care plans and interventions to a client’s cultural background while also considering the social determinants of health. Ultimately, Bhavin will work WITH you to reach your health goals while also supporting you in fostering a positive and healthy relationship with your body and with food!

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