Pain is the mechanism that our bodies use to warn us that there is some health issue.
However, people often ignore these symptoms. For instance, in the case of headaches, tendinitis, arthritis, and other painful conditions, we often reach for some commercial painkillers, but this is far from the proper treatment of the problem.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Tahini is commonly used in the cuisines of North Africa, Greece, Middle East, and Turkey. It successfully treats pain, muscle tension, sore muscles, and headaches. It is made from sesame seeds and is extremely high in magnesium.
The John Hopkins Pain Treatment Centre recently conducted a study which showed that anthocyanins, which are a type of bioflavonoid, or plant pigment found in dark fruits like cherries, effectively block the pain signals due to inflammation in the body. Thus, the consumption of 20 cherries alleviates the pain caused by inflammation, stomach pain, and joint pain, as well as the pain during the PMS period.
Hot Peppers (Chilies)
Hot peppers (chilies) include a substance called Capsaicin, which is often found in pain relief ointments and creams. It draws the substance-P, which is a chemical messenger that carries the pain signal to the brain, out of the nerves, thus blocking pain.
Yet, remember to wear disposable gloves whenever you use capsaicin and be careful not to come into contact with your eyes.
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.
Organic Papaya Fruit
The enzyme in papaya, Papain, acts as an efficient 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.
Raw Probiotic yogurt
The human digestive and intestinal tract include both, good and bad bacteria, and if the proportions of the bad bacteria are much higher, it leads to numerous digestive issues, as well as other illnesses and conditions, such as hair loss, hormonal imbalance, and skin rashes.
The live bacterial cultures in probiotic yogurt serve to supplement the good bacteria present in the gut, preventing health problems, like flatulence, IBS, and painful abdominal bloating.
Aloe Vera Juice
The gel of aloe Vera is extremely useful in the case of skin issues and burns. Its consumption treats stomach ulcers, and if you drink it twice a day, you will reduce fatigue, nausea, pain, and speed up the recovery process.
Pain is an event which seriously disrupts a healthy lifestyle, therefore, its treatment is a must. Yet, make sure you choose a natural approach, in order to prevent the detrimental effects of chemicals in commercial drugs.
These 10 foods are fantastic natural options to alleviate pain and treat all sorts of painful issues.
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