Pop quiz! Finish this sentence:
Easy, right? We all know that eating has a profound effect on our wellbeing, or lack of it. When you scarf down a bag of potato chips or a pan of brownies, you get a temporary feeling of elation. However, that feeling is very short lived, and soon you are tired and perhaps even in pain.
If food can cause pain, can it also relieve pain? The answer is a resounding “absolutely”! In fact, some foods may relieve pain better than prescription medication-and without side effects!
The Fabulous Five Pain-Relieving Foods
While a complete dietary overhaul may be necessary to manage your chronic pain, there are a few foods you can easily add to break yourself in slowly. These foods are known for their healing properties, and many have been used for hundreds of years to ease pain.
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It can be easily found in your local grocery store. For a potent dose of pain relief, take up to 500 mg in capsule form. Or, if you are feeling brave, you can consume it in its root form. Add it to tea, stir fry, soups, or salads, or eat it raw as do some who live in tropical regions.
Ginger has an added bonus of being a remedy for nausea.
Good news for all you caffeine addicts! It turns out that one cup of coffee may be as effective as a dose of ibuprofen. You may be surprised to discover that most of your go-to OTC migraine products contain caffeine.
Try using a cup of coffee, or a small amount of organic dark chocolate, to relieve your throbbing head.
Turmeric is a spice that is often recognized as a major ingredient in Indian food. It pairs well with ginger, and both are anti-inflammatory agents.
If you don’t care for the taste of turmeric (also known as curcumin), you can take it in pill form.
Fats are often given a bad name. However, a healthy amount of the right kind of fat keeps chronic pain at bay. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to keep arthritic pain under control. Which foods contain healthy anti-inflammatory fats?
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- most fish oils
5. Red Grapes
Red grapes contain resveratrol, a natural anti-inflammatory compound. It has been found to be especially beneficial when combined with turmeric. Resveratrol is also found in cherries (the real kind, not the maraschino cherries that you add to your ice cream sundae!) and even peanuts.
If you suffer from chronic pain, you are probably ready to do anything to be rid of it! Making these small diet changes is a good first step.
What else can you do? Educate yourself on the best possible way to become pain-free — naturally! Our latest ebook explains what chronic pain is, some ways to manage it, and the important role nutrition plays in combatting it. Download Your Guide to Managing Chronic Pain today, and feel the relief coming your way!