Food Is Medicine: 20 Natural Painkillers in your Kitchen
At this point, we are all aware of the thing we should do in order to maintain good physical and mental health. This involves eating whole grains, fruits and veggie; limiting soda and candy intake; and doing physical activity on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, most people fall into the pattern of eating processed food. The supermarkets are loaded with packaged foods which have little or no nutritional value. What`s more, we are eating less variety of foods, mainly focusing on corn, wheat, rice, and soy.
But, it is high time we changed this and begin looking at food at medicine. Food is powerful stuff and choosing the right ingredients offers a wide range of health benefits. Here are some of them:
1.Make muscle pain a memory with ginger
According to a little Danish research on the topic, introducing ginger into your daily diet helps alleviate joint and muscle pain, swelling, and stiffness for up to 63%. Ginger contains gingerols, compounds which prevent the pain-triggering hormones from producing. Aim at getting a teaspoon of dried ginger or two teaspoons of chopped ginger a day.
2.Cure a toothache with cloves
According to UCLA researchers, chewing a clove helps ease tooth pain and gum disease in a matter of hours. Its natural compound called eugenol works as potent anesthetic. Adding ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves in meals protects the ticker, helps regulate blood sugar, and lowers cholesterol levels within three weeks.
3.Heal heartburn with cider vinegar
Sipping a tablespoon of ACV mixed with 8 ounces of water before meals heals heartburn in 24 hours! As explained by Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL, “Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain.”
4.Erase earaches with garlic
To cure an earache fast, pour two drops of warm garlic oil into your affected ear daily for five days. According to experts at the University of New Mexico School Of Medicine, this method is superior to prescription medications. Its active ingredients like sulfur and selenium work against many pain-causing bacteria. To prepare your own garlic oil, simmer three garlic clove in a half a cup of olive oil for about two minutes. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
5.Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries
Arthritis, headaches, and gout are one of the most common ailments these days. To chase them away naturally, eat a bowl of cherries on a daily basis. Their anthocyanins content in cherries acts as powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which is even 10 times more powerful than aspirin and ibuprofen. As explained by Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University, “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain.”
6.Fight tummy troubles with fish
Inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and indigestion can be alleviated with munching 18 ounces of fish weekly. For optimal results, choose fish like sardines, trout, herring, mackerel, salmon, and tuna. According to biological chemist Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead , MA, “EPA and DHA are powerful, natural, side effect-free anti-inflammatories, that can dramatically improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract.” These compounds found in fish help reduce cramping, inflammation, and belly pain.
7.Prevent PMS with yogurt
Nearly 80% of women experience premenstrual symptoms, according to Yale researchers. The reason for this is the sensitivity of their nervous system, which cannot stand the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur each month. Researchers at New York`s Columbia University claim that snacking on two cups of yogurt daily helps prevent these symptoms by staggering 48%. “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux,” explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.
8.Tame chronic pain with turmeric
It has been scientifically shown that turmeric is three times more effective at alleviating pain than aspiring, naproxen, or ibuprofen. According to Cornell researchers, it also helps ease chronic pain by 50% in people suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has the ability to shut down the enzyme responsible for pain-producing hormones, thus to alleviate chronic pain. Aim at getting ¼ teaspoon of turmeric on a daily basis. It goes best with meat, veggies, poultry, and rice.
9.End endometrial pain with oats
Endometriosis occurs when tiny bits of the uterine lining grow outside of the uterus, causing extreme pain. To end this pain, cramping, and heavy periods, follow a diet rich in oats which helps reduce endometrial pain by whooping 60%. As explained by Peter Green, M.D., professor of medicine at Colombia University, oats are free of gluten, the most common trigger of inflammation.