Nobody likes pain, but it is a necessary part of life. When something is not quite right in your body, pain alerts you so that you can take action.
Once you are aware of the problem and have taken appropriate action, it only stands to reason that you want the pain to stop; however, sometimes pain lingers.
This is especially true if you have a chronic condition or disorder. If you suffer from arthritis, migraine headaches, tendonitis or any type of ongoing health problem you are likely to experience pain on a regular, ongoing basis.
What can you do?
In this article, we will discuss foods that help resolve pain. We also make good suggestions for the best foods you can eat to keep pain at bay. Read on to learn more.
There are a number of foods that are rich in pain relieving substances. Adding them to your regular, daily diet can have a marked, positive effect on your experience of pain.
According to John Hopkins’ Pain Treatment Center, all dark fruits are helpful in relieving pain. This is because they contain bioflavinoids known as Anthocyanins.
These are very effective for blocking pain signals caused by inflammation. The best dark fruit to eat for pain relief is dark cherries.
When you are actually experiencing pain, eating twenty dark cherries can really help.
Adding them to your diet on a regular basis is an excellent way to head off stomach pain, joint pain, PMS symptoms and more.
2. Red Grapes
Just as dark cherries are helpful in relieving pain, red grapes can also do the trick. Not only do they contain Anthocyanins, they also contain a chemical component called resveratrol.
This compound is also found in peanuts and in berries, and it possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It works by stopping cells from responding to the pain signals caused by inflammation.
Papain is an enzyme that is found in abundance in papaya fruit. Eating papaya with pineapple provides enhanced benefits because the bromelain found in pineapple boosts the effectiveness of papain.
Both of these enzymes are remarkable natural healers. Doctors sometimes apply a papain solution to surgical wounds to reduce pain and swelling and encourage proper healing.
In addition to papain, papaya also contains a wealth of antioxidants and vitamins to support excellent overall health.
Papaya is delicious to eat as a fresh fruit in season. You can also purchase it frozen year round to add to smoothies.
4. Aloe Vera Juice
Just as aloe vera gel nourishes and heals your external skin, aloe vera juice nourishes and heals your gastrointestinal system.
If you suffer from the pain of ulcers, drinking aloe vera juice twice daily can help quell your nausea, ease your pain and heal your ulcer.
If you don’t like the flavor of aloe vera juice, try mixing it with freshly prepared fruit juice.
5. Cold Water Fish
The Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish, such as salmon, are responsible for its pain relieving effects.
Eating cod or some other type of cold water fish at least once a week is a good way to keep chronic pain at bay and improve your cardiovascular health.
A healthy heart provides good blood circulation, which helps reduce inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation causes pain.
For this reason, adding fish to your diet on a regular basis can help you manage the pain of chronic injuries (e.g. back and neck injuries), joint pain and more.
Tahini is a paste made of sesame seeds. It is extremely rich in magnesium, which is very helpful when it comes to pain relief. Many people suffer from magnesium deficiency without knowing it.
If you suffer from tense muscles, headaches and other types of chronic pain, you may very well need more magnesium.
Tahini is a delicious and exotic way to fulfill this need. It is available at health food stores and online, or you can buy sesame seeds in bulk and make it fresh at home.
7. Raw Probiotic Yogurt
Your digestive tract is full of bacteria, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A healthy balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria is important to proper functioning of your gastrointestinal system.
If you have too much bad bacteria, it can cause problems with digestion and a host of related symptoms.
An imbalance of intestinal fauna can cause such diverse problems as hair loss and skin rashes. Imbalanced intestinal fauna can lead to imbalanced hormones.
If left untreated, many different types of illnesses and conditions can develop.
Eating raw, probiotic yogurt is a great way to be sure the good fauna in your intestines win out over the bad ones.
Eating a cup of fresh, natural yogurt daily can help relieve the pain and symptoms (cramps, flatulence, diarrhea) associated with an unhealthy gastrointestinal system.
In fact, adding yogurt to your diet on a regular basis can be instrumental in overcoming serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.
If you make no other changes to your diet, you must add turmeric. This bright yellow spice, which hails from India, delivers a power-pack of health benefits.
Top among them is its ability to combat inflammation, which is the cause of all pain.
Adding turmeric to your diet is easy, enjoyable and fun. It has a mild flavor that blends well with all kinds of foods.
One of the best and easiest ways to add it to your diet is to put a heaping teaspoonful in the pot every time you cook rice.
Be sure to add some oil, too. Heat and oil release the beneficial properties in turmeric and make them more available to your body.
9. Hot Chili Peppers
If you have ever read the ingredients label on natural topical pain relief ointments and creams, you have probably seen the term “capsaicin”. You may not have realized that this ingredient is found in hot chili peppers.
Capsaicin provides that pleasantly soothing burning sensation that helps ease your pain; however, its real effectiveness is more complicated than that.
When you apply an ointment or cream containing capsaicin to painful joints and/or muscles, it interferes with your nerves’ transmission of pain signals to the brain.
It does this by drawing out a chemical messenger known as “substance-P” that carries pain relaying signals to the brain.
Although capsaicin is a natural ingredient, you should not make the mistake of thinking that it is entirely benign.
Just as you are well advised to wear gloves when handling hot chili peppers, you should wear gloves when applying a topical ointment containing capsaicin. It’s also smart to wash your hands after use.
Getting this red hot ingredient in your eyes or having it come in contact with sensitive tissues is no laughing matter.
In addition to reaping the anti-inflammatory benefits of capsaicin via topical treatments, you can also reduce inflammation and pain throughout your body by simply adding peppers to your diet.
They don’t have to be punishing hot. Choose the level of fire that suits you to spice up your diet, thin your blood, improve your cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation and ease your pain.
This delicious, dark green herb is a tasty addition to sauces, soups and salads. Although researchers are not entirely sure how thyme works to quell inflammation, it seems that compounds found in thyme may work to interfere with pain perception.
Thyme is readily available at your local market or health food store as a fresh herb, powder or in dried leaf form. It is also often included in medicinal teas that are available for purchase at health food stores and online.
You can purchase peppermint essential oil, dried peppermint leaves, peppermint tea and fresh peppermint at your local health food market, online and at some supermarkets.
Fresh peppermint is also delightful and easy to grow in your own yard.
The menthol contained in peppermint can work wonders to clear your sinuses, relax your nerves and banish pain.
Add peppermint essential oil to extra virgin olive oil for a pain banishing topical treatment.
Add a few drops to a humidifier or other aromatherapy device to create a soothing, settling and pain relieving atmosphere in your home.
Brew dried peppermint leaves as tea for a relaxing, calming, soothing, tummy settling beverage. Add fresh peppermint in small amounts to salads for flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Put a sprig in your iced tea or just munch on it plain to freshen your breath and enhance your overall good health.
This delicious spice is a tasty addition to any diet, and it is also a common component in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
Practitioners are well aware that this common kitchen spice has very powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.
Ginger works by inhibiting inflammation causing toxic compounds produced by your body. These compounds cause pain in your joints and muscles.
Ginger is a powerful tonic in all forms. You can purchase ginger powder affordably in the spice aisle of any supermarket. The fresh root is often available in the produce section.
A wide variety of ginger teas are also available at the grocery store, your local health food store and online.
Ginger root can be mulled with other spices to make a powerful and flavorful tea. You can slice it thinly and add it to stir-fries or even eat it raw.
You can also chop it fine and put it in the blender to make a paste that you can spread on painful joints for topical relief of pain.
Ginger root eases all kinds of inflammation and makes an excellent remedy for sore joints and muscles, upset stomach and more.
It is safe and easy to use, and adding it to your diet is both affordable and delightful.
Build A Powerful Arsenal Of Natural, Pain Relieving Foods
When you are dealing with acute or chronic pain, it is definitely not a good idea to become too reliant on either over the counter or prescription pain medications.
Adding natural, pain relieving foods to your everyday diet is a smart way to take control of your pain management regimen.
When you make a habit of adding these safe, natural foods to your routine you can successfully keep pain at bay.