FIGHT PAIN WITH FOODS NOT PHARMACEUTICALS
Eating the right foods do more than mask pain. They cure the underlying cause of the pain.
Here are examples of just a few of the foods to use.
- Sore Muscles, try ginger: Post work out pain is lessened with regular ginger tea consumption.
The gingerols, antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory pain relieving properties.
- Achy joints, try cherries, or turmeric. Twenty tart cherries may be as effective as taking ibuprofen for reducing pain, according to studies. Turmeric contains curcumin, which studies show work as well as ibuprofen in knee osteoarthritis.
- Heartburn, try Beans! A study in the journal of GUT found that people eating high fiber regularly were less likely to report GERD symptoms. Fiber moves food out of the stomach faster and prevents reflux.
- Digestive pain, try peppermint. The menthol in peppermint tea works as a muscle relaxer which can help to relieve the cramping and spasms associated with occasional intestinal distress and full-blown IBS.
- Headaches, try coffee or pumpkin seeds. headaches are often caused by dilated blood vessels in your brain. The caffeine in coffee can help constrict blood vessels and ease the pain. Caffeine also causes painkillers to work more effectively so you can use a much lower dose.
If your headache is a migraine it is possible you are deficient in magnesium. Foods rich in magnesium like pumpkin seeds calm over excited nerves and tense muscles that contribute to migraine pain.
So next time you are in pain look for a food to cure rather than as pill to mask.
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Information in this article is from Prevention Magazine.
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