Potent pain relieving foods you already have in your kitchen

Potent pain relieving foods you already have in your kitchen

Pain Relieving Foods

Eating organic foods is key to optimal health.

Pain can be caused by many factors, yet the most common cause of pain is chronic inflammation.

Fresh organic foods have properties that fight inflammation and therefore relieve pain.

Spices and herbs are among the most powerful natural pain relievers.

Let’s take a look at the top pain relieving foods that you may already have in your kitchen.

Cayenne pepper:

  • This hot spice is very high in capsaicin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, capsaicin is an effective pain reliever when applied externally.
  • Tip: Apply a dime size of ointment made with capsaicin on affected areas. Do so 2 to 3 times a day.
  • You can also start including organic cayenne pepper daily to spice up your foods and add in your tea, juices or soups (about 1/4 tsp).
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Chamomile tea:

  • It is often used to help relax nerves and sleep.
  • Less known is chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.
  • It contains potent compounds like bisabolol, chamazulene and cyclic ethers, which are anti-inflammatory agents.
  • Tip: Drink 1 cup of organic chamomile tea on a daily basis, add 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and 1 tsp of raw honey or coconut nectar to it.
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Garlic:

  • It has been used for centuries for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Organic garlic is nature’s powerful medicine.
  • Tip: Add 1/2 to 1 crushed garlic clove to your juices, teas soups and other food recipes. You can do so daily.
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Ginger:

  • Organic ginger contains unique compounds called gingerols, which are very powerful anti-inflammatory agents. Because of ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties, it helps relieve the pain associated with both types of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Tip: Try sipping on organic ginger tea when you have pain symptoms. Add 1/2 to 1″ grated ginger to your favorite juice, smoothie or tea.
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Turmeric:

  • The powder has anti-inflammatory properties comparable to steroidal and non-steroidal drugs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen).
  • Organic turmeric is a great alternative to over the counter drugs.
  • Tip: Add (about 1/2 tsp) organic turmeric powder to your favorite tea, smoothie and soup recipes.
    You can also take in supplement form.
  • Make sure it comes from a reputable source.

Willow bark:

  • It contains aspirin. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Its anti-inflammatory compounds called salicylates can help relieve pain.
  • Tip: It is recommended to take about two teaspoons of dried ground willow bark three times daily. Because of the bitter taste, take it with raw honey or in a fruit juice or hot water.
  • Do not take willow bark if you are sensitive or allergic to salicylates like aspirin.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “People with asthma, diabetes, gout, gastritis, hemophilia, and stomach ulcers should also avoid willow bark.Children under 16 should not take willow bark, because of the risk of developing Reye syndrome.

 

AS ALWAYS: Check with your health practitioner before you change your diet. These organic foods are not meant to replace any treatment or drugs you are taking.

 

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