Nature’s Relief: 6 Foods To Keep Pain In Check

Nature’s Relief: 6 Foods To Keep Pain In Check

So! I don’t know about you, but I’m not really the biggest fan of pain. The great American philosopher Swayze once said that “pain don’t hurt”, but I suspect he was merely trying to impress Kelly Lynch. Anyway, prescription pain medication may do the job at first, but it can lead to all sorts of problems further down the line. I like to do things a bit more naturally, so here are my top seven pain-fighting foods to help safely manage your discomfort.

  1. Ginger 

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Good old ginger. It’s sweet, fiery and tastes like Christmas, and it’s one of best natural painkillers out there. In fact, it’s a bona fide anti-inflammatory marvel! Ginger will tear nausea’s throat out and deliver a swift roundhouse to stomach upset (okay, I’m done with Roadhouse now). Oh, and it is also excellent for period pains. There’s a ton of ways you can take it, too; including grated over dishes, mixed into smoothies and boiled into a tea. Just, y’know, avoid the ginger wine. Bad.

  1. Chilli peppers

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Psychic spies from China may indeed be trying to steal your mind’s elation, but that doesn’t diminish the effectiveness of red-hot chilli peppers in cutting down pain. The capsaicin in these spicy veggies goes straight to work on your nerves, blocking off the chemicals that carry pain signals around. Cool, eh? If you’ve got arthritis, try applying topical capsaicin cream to the affected areas.

 

 

  1. Oily fish

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You’ve probably heard all about the virtues of omega-3 oil (it was definitely the ‘in’ thing a few years ago), but you might not know just how handy it can be for reducing soreness. It lowers inflammation, which makes it great for joint and neck pain relief. It’s found mainly in oily fish like salmon, herring, anchovies, mackerel and sardines. If that doesn’t appeal, try flaxseed, chia seeds, egg yolks and walnuts. Plenty of choice!

 

  1. Nuts, seeds and dark, leafy vegetables

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All right, so sticking multiple items in the same entry is cheating a bit, but I’m sure your body won’t mind. The keyword here is ‘magnesium’, and all of these foods are positively dripping with it. Magnesium is essential in keeping your bones and muscles healthy, and a lack of it could result in a multitude of aches and pains. Avocado is another I’d like to add to the list. Why? Because it’s awesome, that’s why.

 

 

  1. Peppermint

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Another fine addition to your blossoming food/medicine cupboard, peppermint is a bit of a natural wonder. It can help with everything from toothaches to irritable bowel syndrome. Not to mention muscle pains, headaches, joint irritations, skin inflammations… you get the idea. Your best bet is either fresh peppermint leaves or concentrated oil, which gives you a lot of scope for application.

 

 

  1. Coffee

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Yep! Even a cup of morning go-juice can assist with headaches and muscular strains. If you’re really suffering, try taking a common, over-the-counter painkiller at the same time. The caffeine will send it into overdrive, delivering a much more powerful kick. However! Coffee only does the trick if you don’t drink it much, and caffeine withdrawal brings a whole new set of colourful problems. This one is for emergencies only, got it?

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