It is easy to eat fast and convenient food, but we often don’t stop to think about nurturing our body, and by eating fast food we are not doing that. The foods most Americans eat daily are filled with artificial colors and additives, as well as chemically processed fats and sugars. All of that cannot be good for your body, and it certainly won’t help you if you are experiencing some discomfort or pain.
But food, real whole food, can help you relieve pain and stay/become healthy. That is why it is important to pay attention to what you eat every day, because food can be your poison (e.g. junk food), but it can also be your medicine. Here are eight foods that can act as painkillers.
Cherries can help you relieve joint pain and headache. Without upsetting your stomach, you can freely have one bowl of cherries if you are experiencing pain in your head, gout or joints, but cherries don’t stop there, as they can also help you if you are struggling with arthritis. The research conducted at East Lansing’s Michigan State University showed that anthocyanins contained in cherries act against pain 10 times stronger than ibuprofen, and they can both prevent ant treat many different kinds of pain.
If you are having indigestion problems, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel diseases, one pound of fish a week could help you treat these conditions. The fatty acids contained in fish help fight intestinal inflammation and reduce cramping and stomach pain, and often provide more relief than some prescription medications do.
For women struggling with PMS (and around 80% of all women do), according to researchers from Columbia University, 2 cups of yogurt per day can decrease premenstrual syndrome symptoms by 48 percent. This happens because yogurt is rich in calcium which calms the nerves in a natural way, preventing pain regardless of the hormone levels.
This fruit is a successful helper in preventing digestive upsets and fighting gas and bloating. One cup of fresh pineapple juice a day can fix these problems. According to the USDA, this is because pineapple naturally contains high levels of proteolytic enzymes which help break down the proteins that usually cause stomach pain and discomfort of the small intestine.
Blueberries are said to have a healing power against bladder infections. According to the Rutgers University in New Jersey, a cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen, or even as juice) should be enough to minimize the risk of urinary tract infection or treat it. This is due to the fact that blueberries are rich in plant compounds that encircle bacteria in the bladder that cause problems and prevent them from creating an infection.
If you often experience breast pain, eating 3 spoons of ground flax may help you relieve it completely within 12 weeks. Scientists agree that this is thanks to the phytoestrogens contained in flax, which prevent spikes of estrogen (that can trigger pain in your breasts). Introducing flax into your daily diet is easy – you can sprinkle it over your yogurt or oatmeal, or add it to smoothies or pastries.
7. Tomato Juice
If you need help for relieving leg cramps, tomato juice is coming to the rescue. Cramping occurs frequently when there is a deficiency of potassium when it is flushed out by coffee and other caffeinated drinks, or through sweat. Drinking one cup of, potassium rich, tomato juice can help you deal with pain caused by these cramps, and prevent new cramps from happening, and, according to UCLA researchers, its effectiveness comes to light in only about 10 days. Quick and tasty!
Water is the ultimate painkiller. It can relieve any pain, whether it’s in your feet, knees, shoulders, head or stomach. By drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily, you can prevent and cure many types of pain. This is because water flushes out histamine, a compound that triggers pain which is produced by injured tissues. Also, water lubricates your joints and bones, so drinking enough water will prevent pain in these areas. Finally it is very important to stay hydrated as that way your body is able to flush toxins out and purify your blood.
Sometimes through pain our body sends us signals that it’s time for a change. Don’t neglect the signs and with the right attitude you will conquer the pain. Try out our tips, eat healthy and stay fit. Treat your body like a temple, worship it, cherish it, be kind to it and it will be kind to you.