Having headaches, PMS, muscular and joints aches, or stomach cramps dramatically disrupts any sense of well-being and happiness. It is especially problematic when pain becomes chronic.
Since many pains are related to inflammation, knowing about these natural pain relief agents can help you to banish discomfort without the use of chemically manufactured drugs. Adding these foods and spices to your daily diet is a smart way to prevent inflammation, enhancing your holistic health lifestyle.
1 – Dark Cherries
A recent study by the John Hopkins Pain Treatment Centre has confirmed that Anthocyanins, a type of bioflavonoid, or plant pigment found in dark fruits such as cherries, are proficient at being able to block the pain signals that emanate from inflammation. Eating 20 cherries can lessen joint and stomach aches, help to ease PMS symptoms, and other inflammation related pains.
2 – Ginger Root
Ginger root, used in Ayurvedic medicine, provides natural pain relief. Ginger powder, available in any supermarket, has the ability to lessen pain. It does so by inhibiting toxic compounds produced by the body, in response to inflammation. You can also chop fresh ginger root into a paste to apply topically to aching joints and muscles. Ginger root can also be eaten or consumed as a tea, as an effective remedy for stomach pain and nausea. Expecting mothers will benefit from chewing Ginger to ward-off morning sickness.
3 – Tahini
Tahini, popular in North African, Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines, is an excellent pain relief agent. It is made from ground sesame seeds, which are rich in magnesium. Many people have a deficiency of this mineral. Magnesium is a mineral with many health benefits, amongst which is the ability to ease muscle tensions, sore muscles and headaches.
4 – Turmeric
This Indian spice contains Curcumin, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric powder is made from the Turmeric plant, a fragrant golden spice, which helps to fight pain naturally, while also adding a nice flavor and color to salads and casseroles.
5 – Cold-water fish
Cold water fish such as sardines, salmon, herring, mackerel, and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids help to enhance cardiovascular health and may also help to lessen inflammation around joints and cartilages. As a result, such diets are good for people suffering from pains related to back and neck injuries and painful joints.
6 – Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera gel is a good a skin moisturizer, helping to soothe and heal burns. People can also drink aloe vera juice as a remedy for stomach ulcers. It will help to hydrate your body to restore the blood loss triggered by ulcers, also aiding the symptoms related to pain, feeling of nausea and fatigue.
7 – Hot Peppers (Chilies)
Hot peppers contain a substance known as Capsaicin, which is a natural ingredient found in many topical pain relief creams and ointments. Capsaicin has the ability to draw something called substance-P, out of your nerves. Substance-P is a chemical messenger that carries a signal to the brain that it translates as pain. When you effectively block the messenger, pain is blocked.
8 – Papaya Fruit
Papaya fruit contains an enzyme known as Papain, with natural anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya extract is also a rich source of powerful antioxidants and many vitamins. Absorbing these great components in papaya works best when combined with Bromelain, which is contained in Pineapple. So, making smoothies that include both, papaya and pineapple is a great choice.
9 – Probiotic yogurt
The human digestive and intestinal tracts have billions of bacteria, both good and bad. “Good bacteria” help to promote the healthy digestive processes. If the proportion of “bad bacteria” outweighs that of good ones, you feel the adverse reaction on digestion that go with aches, illnesses and inflammatory conditions, including skin rashes and hair loss.
Gut flora dysregulation can also contribute to a hormonal imbalance, leading to further illnesses. The live bacterial cultures in probiotic yogurts or taken as a supplement, increases the number of the “good bacteria”, which is already present in the gut. So, it helps the “good bacteria” to outnumber the “bad ones”, to remedy many conditions including IBS, flatulence and painful bloating of the abdomen.
10 – Peppermint
Peppermint is an excellent treatment for soothing muscle spasms. It is the Menthol in Peppermint that works the magic. You can purchase Peppermint oil over the counter at many supermarkets and health food stores, which you can then apply topically to the painful spots.
For treating headaches, simply crush some fresh Peppermint leaves against your temples or pour boiling water over the leaves, let it sit for 10-20 minutes, to use as a tea.
Use these foods and spices more often, to improve your diet, to banish pains naturally, and get your health back in order!