Food Is Medicine: 20 Natural Painkillers in your Kitchen
10.Soothe foot pain with salt
Soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths helps cure painful infections in as little as four days. The salt is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and capable of destroying the germs responsible for pain and swelling. Simply mix a teaspoon of salt into a cup of water, heat it up, and soak the foot for about twenty minutes.
11.Prevent digestive upsets with pineapple
According to researchers at California`s Stanford University, a cup of fresh pineapple juice eases bloating within 72 hours. Pineapple is loaded with enzymes which accelerate the breakdown of pain-causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine.
12.Relax painful muscles with peppermint
If left untreated, knots can hang for a few months. According to naturopath Mark Stengler, N.D., author of the book, The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies, you can relax painful muscles by soaking in a warm tub scented with ten drops of peppermint oil. As he explains, “this method that can ease muscle cramping 25 %more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half.”
13.Give your back some TLC with grapes
According to recent studies at Ohio State University, eating a cup of grapes on a daily basis relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow to damaged tissues. Improving blood flow is critical for healing damaged back tissue since the back`s vertebrae is dependent on nearby blood vessels to supply them with oxygen and nutrients.
14.Tame leg cramps with tomato juice
Leg cramps are quite common ailment which can be extremely annoying and painful. Potassium deficiency is the key culprit, especially when flushed out by diuretics or exercise. To accelerate your recovery and lower your risk of cramp flare-ups, sip 10 ounces of potassium-dense tomato juice on a daily basis.
15.Energize migraine medication with coffee
According to the National Headache Foundation, taking your pain killer along with coffee boosts its effectiveness by up to 40%. They explain that caffeine stimulates the absorption of painkillers more effectively and more quickly.
16.Fight breast pain with flax
According to a recent study, adding three tablespoon of ground flax to your daily diet helps ease breast soreness for within 12 weeks. Flax contains phytoestrogens, compounds which prevent estrogen spikes responsible for breast pain. To reap its benefits, simply sprinkle a bit on oatmeal, yogurt, veggies dips, or smoothies.
17.Heal mouth sores with honey
According to researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates. Dabbing painful cold sores with honey four times a day heals them 43% faster than prescription creams. Honey contains enzymes which destroy viruses, reduce inflammation, and accelerate the healing process.
18.Beat bladder infections with blueberries
As reported by researchers at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, eating a cup of blueberries on a daily basis lowers the risk of urinary tract infections by up to 60%. Blueberries are packed with tannins, compounds which attach to problem-causing bacteria, and prevent them from creating an infection by wrapping around them.
19.Heal sinus problems with horseradish
Sinusitis is quite debilitating condition, causing congestion and facial pain. The good news is that horseradish improves blood flow to the sinus cavities, helping the sinuses drain and heal in no time. The recommended dose: A teaspoon twice a day until the symptoms subside.
20.Wash away pain injuries with water
Last but not least, drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water on a daily basis helps treat pain injuries. As explained by the experts, water dilutes and helps flush out the pain-triggering compound from the tissue. Plus water is a key building block of the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones. Your joints’ lubricating fluid, and the soft discs in your spine,” adds Susan M. Kleiner, Ph.D., author of the book, The Good Mood Diet. “And when these tissues are well-hydrated, they can move and glide over each other without causing pain.”