Nobody likes pain, but it is a necessary part of life. When something is not quite right in your body, pain alerts you so that you can take action.
Once you are aware of the problem and have taken appropriate action, it only stands to reason that you want the pain to stop; however, sometimes pain lingers.
This is especially true if you have a chronic condition or disorder. If you suffer from arthritis, migraine headaches, tendonitis or any type of ongoing health problem you are likely to experience pain on a regular, ongoing basis.
Nature has provided various natural remedies that successfully relieve pain and do not cause other adverse effects. These are the most efficient foods that can help you reduce and treat pain:
According to John Hopkins’ Pain Treatment Center, all dark fruits are helpful in relieving pain. This is because they contain bioflavonoids known as Anthocyanins.
These are very effective for blocking pain signals caused by inflammation. The best dark fruit to eat for pain relief is dark cherries.
When you are actually experiencing pain, eating twenty dark cherries can really help.
Adding them to your diet on a regular basis is an excellent way to head off stomach pain, joint pain, PMS symptoms and more.
Just as dark cherries are helpful in relieving pain, red grapes can also do the trick. Not only do they contain Anthocyanins, they also contain a chemical component called resveratrol.
This compound is also found in peanuts and in berries, and it possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It works by stopping cells from responding to the pain signals caused by inflammation.
Organic Papaya Fruit
The enzyme in papaya, Papain, acts as an effective anti-inflammatory. It is particularly effective if combined with Bromelain, which is found in pineapples. It alleviates pain, reduces swelling and pain after surgery, and it is high in antioxidants, and vitamins, and thus improves overall health.
Aloe Vera Juice
Just as aloe vera gel nourishes and heals your external skin, aloe vera juice nourishes and heals your gastrointestinal system.
If you suffer from the pain of ulcers, drinking aloe vera juice twice daily can help quell your nausea, ease your pain and heal your ulcer.
If you don’t like the flavor of aloe vera juice, try mixing it with freshly prepared fruit juice.
The consumption of cold water fish like salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, sardines, treats pain due to injury, neck injuries, and painful joints. Moreover, cold water fish include omega-3 fatty acids which improve heart health and reduce inflammation around the cartilage.
Tahini is a paste made of sesame seeds. It is extremely rich in magnesium, which is very helpful when it comes to pain relief. Many people suffer from magnesium deficiency without knowing it.
If you suffer from tense muscles, headaches and other types of chronic pain, you may very well need more magnesium.
Tahini is a delicious and exotic way to fulfill this need. It is available at health food stores and online, or you can buy sesame seeds in bulk and make it fresh at home.
Raw Probiotic yogurt
Your digestive tract is full of bacteria, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A healthy balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria is important to proper functioning of your gastrointestinal system.
If you have too much bad bacteria, it can cause problems with digestion and a host of related symptoms.
An imbalance of intestinal fauna can cause such diverse problems as hair loss and skin rashes. Imbalanced intestinal fauna can lead to imbalanced hormones.
If left untreated, many different types of illnesses and conditions can develop.
Eating raw, probiotic yogurt is a great way to be sure the good fauna in your intestines wins out over the bad ones.
Eating a cup of fresh, natural yogurt daily can help relieve the pain and symptoms (cramps, flatulence, diarrhea) associated with an unhealthy gastrointestinal system.
In fact, adding yogurt to your diet on a regular basis can be instrumental in overcoming serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
Turmeric is one of the most popular and valued spices, due to its numerous health benefits. its active ingredient, curcumin, has potent anti-inflammatory properties and treats pain. It has a delicious flavor and golden color, so it is a tasty addition to various meals.
Hot Chili Peppers
If you have ever read the ingredients label on natural topical pain relief ointments and creams, you have probably seen the term “capsaicin”. You may not have realized that this ingredient is found in hot chili peppers.
Capsaicin provides that pleasantly soothing burning sensation that helps ease your pain; however, its real effectiveness is more complicated than that.
When you apply an ointment or cream containing capsaicin to painful joints and/or muscles, it interferes with your nerves’ transmission of pain signals to the brain.
It does this by drawing out a chemical messenger known as “substance-P” that carries pain relaying signals to the brain.
Although capsaicin is a natural ingredient, you should not make the mistake of thinking that it is entirely benign.
Just as you are well advised to wear gloves when handling hot chili peppers, you should wear gloves when applying a topical ointment containing capsaicin. It’s also smart to wash your hands after use.
Getting this red-hot ingredient in your eyes or having it come in contact with sensitive tissues is no laughing matter.
In addition to reaping the anti-inflammatory benefits of capsaicin via topical treatments, you can also reduce inflammation and pain throughout your body by simply adding peppers to your diet.
They don’t have to be punishing hot. Choose the level of fire that suits you to spice up your diet, thin your blood, improve your cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation and ease your pain.
This delicious, dark green herb is a tasty addition to sauces, soups, and salads. Although researchers are not entirely sure how thyme works to quell inflammation, it seems that compounds found in thyme may work to interfere with pain perception.
Thyme is readily available at your local market or health food store as a fresh herb, powder or in dried leaf form.
Peppermint treats muscle spasms, and its topical application on painful areas effectively treats pain. To relax painful and stressed muscles, apply a peppermint tisane, and you can crush peppermint leaves against the temples to treat headaches.
Ginger is a root commonly used in the Ayurvedic medicine, and it relieves pain by inhibiting toxic compounds manufactured by the body, which leads to the inflammation that causes painful joints and muscles.
Its consumption relieves nausea and stomach pain. You can also chop some fresh ginger root, prepare a paste and apply it on the sore muscles and joints.
You can also chop fresh ginger root and make it into a paste which can then be applied topically to joints and muscles radiating pain. Ginger root can also be eaten, and as such is a very effective remedy for stomach pain and nausea. During pregnancy, its consumption helps to alleviate morning sickness.
When you are dealing with acute or chronic pain, it is definitely not a good idea to become too reliant on either over the counter or prescription pain medications.
Adding natural, pain to relieve foods to your everyday diet is a smart way to take control of your pain management regimen.
When you make a habit of adding these safe, natural foods to your routine you can successfully keep pain at bay.
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