It’s not your fault and we totally do not blame you. Every day comes with its own ordeal and stress. Stress in a way could cause your health to deteriorate, promote body pains, and leave you feeling weak.
Every pain you feel, from muscle, joint to overall body pain is dependent on inflammation and your body’s response to it (inflammation). We mean to say that inflammation is partly responsible for the pain we feel on a daily.
We would like to add that inflammation could be a good thing at times. For instance, it protects our body when we have been injured but at times, it could be very painful. This is why we advise you to put it under control.
Chronic inflammation is a major contributor to serious health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, dementia, asthma, heart disease, and more.
The good part is if you are able to keep inflammation under control, then, the chances of diseases and pain will be greatly reduced.
While foods can increase and boost inflammation – sugar and white flour being the main culprits, there are certain foods that can decrease inflammation and fight diseases that bring about body pains.
Do not worry, these foods are not bitter or leafy greens as you may be thinking. As a matter of fact, they taste great.
Most times, drugs or supplements may not help relieve pain in the way certain foods do.
The foods listed in this article have the ability to naturally reduce headaches, body aches from an intense workout, or even muscle pain from a poor sleeping posture.
Ginger is a spicy food that chefs use in their kitchen to flavor dishes, bake gingerbread cookies, and other tasty foods.
Ginger is an ancient and amazing traditional medicine. Its roots have been used to cure many sicknesses.
Most times, it is a go-to for reducing nausea and its symptoms. Other times, it is used to prevent cold and since it contains stomach-soothing properties, it can cure diarrhea and other stomach problems.
Recently, ginger has been found to be loaded with powerful compounds that help to fight inflammation, hence reducing pain. This wonderful root can reduce menstrual cramps, pains associated with arthritis, and more.
Also known as pepita, these seeds are powerful for relieving pain naturally. One may wonder how these small seeds can easily fight inflammation that causes disturbing pains.
Well, pumpkin seeds contain a whole chunk of magnesium that helps to fight the slightest and mightiest body ache.
Because of its rich magnesium content, it could prevent and cure osteoporosis.
To reap more of magnesium’s benefits, consider this a free pass to filling your diet with these magnesium-loaded foods: cruciferous vegetables, nuts, lentils, and beans.
Salmon is an excellent food for just anything. From boosting heart health to lowering blood pressure, reducing premature aging, and preventing diabetes, this food is qualified for one of the best foods in the world.
Salmon is richly loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties.
This healthy food can help relieve tenderness of the joints for persons with rheumatoid arthritis.
There are other kinds of seafood loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that could also help to relieve pain naturally. You could also opt for mackerel, tuna, sardines, or any other cold-water fish.
Try as much as you can to avoid catfish and tilapia. Want to know why?
Since your goal is to fight and control inflammation, then a great tip is to avoid foods with higher omega-6 fatty acid content as they promote inflammation. Now, tilapia and catfish are loaded with this omega-6 content.
This spice is incorporated in dishes. But, it also contains compounds that could relieve pain and body aches. Truth is, you really do not have to rely on supplements when you have a superfood in your kitchen.
The compound responsible for this foods’ pain-soothing property is also responsible for the food (turmeric) bright orange-yellow color.
Turmeric can help persons with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis walk better. So, take few steps to your kitchen, blend this spice, and for a wonderful treat, steep it with honey and ginger into a tea.
It’s either virgin olive oil or nothing. Virgin olive oil is a high-quality kind that has powerful effects on your joints.
Virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal and lubricin, two powerful compounds that help to ensure the joints slide smoothly and cartilage does not wear out.
To make the most of this food, replace your cooking and baking oil with virgin olive oil.
You now have a reason to consume red wine without having to feel guilty. Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol. And this compound is found in the skin of red grapes.
Resveratrol helps to relieve swelling of the disk. And this swelling usually causes back pain. So, to prevent that reoccurring back pain, sip a glass of wine.
But, do not go on drinking lots and lots of glasses in a bid to ease pain naturally. It is not enough reason to. And that is why we advise women to stick to a glass of red wine, while men stick to two glasses of red wine.
Other sources of resveratrol include berries and peanuts.
Another opportunity to grab that cup of coffee in the morning. Coffee contains caffeine, a compound that has the ability to relieve pain and calm your nerves.
Coffee is the most common source of caffeine but if you are not a coffee person, you could try foods that also contain caffeine. These foods include tea, some sodas, and chocolate.
Garlic alongside onions and leeks contains a powerful antioxidant –quercetin. And quercetin helps to relieve inflammation that can cause inflammation.
Just taking about 4 cloves of raw garlic, or aged supplements can help reduce pain. Do not worry, you will reap the benefits of this food without breathing and sweating garlic.
Other foods that can help to reduce pain naturally include:
One of the major causes of body pain is inflammation. And to prevent body pains in whatever way they prevent themselves (headaches, joint pains), you have to consume foods that fight inflammation. It is a good way.
A Mediterranean diet is recommended since it contains whole foods, fruits, vegetables, unrefined foods. So, if you normally have body pains, you could switch to a Mediterranean diet.
Also, try fish oil from cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, and sardines).
Cruciferous vegetables, spices, herbs, green tea should also be included.