Which Foods Are Natural Pain Killers?

Most synthesized pain killers (medical term “Analgesics”) we regularly pop come with their own set of side effects. Some easily available and widely consumed ones like Acetaminophen- causes liver damage; Ibuprofen or Naproxen – causes kidney problems; and Aspirin – known to have mild blood-thinning effect.

Nature has programmed our bodies to react to inflammation (cause of pain) through regulatory hormones and also provided natural foods and herbs that have been part of ancient medicine. So why add to your existing toxic load when you can incorporate a healthy diet and choose natural treatments?

Pain Killer Herbs:

Turmeric: Curcumin a potent anti inflammatory compound found in turmeric and shown positive results in treating patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.
White Willow: The bark of White Willow tree contains a compound called salicylic acid, an anti inflammatory compound used to treat different skin conditions like warts, psoriasis, scaly skin conditions.
Devil’s Claw: Contains chemical compounds called harpagide and harpagoside that reduces pain in inflammation-induced arthritis, headaches, and low back discomfort.
Other potent herbs include Ginger, Holy Basil, Peppermint, Arnica, Boswellia, Clove oil, etc.

Pain Busting Foods:

Hot Chillies: Capsaicin which is found in the hot chilli peppers is an active pain-reducing ingredient. Capsaicin also diminishes soreness for 3 to 5 weeks while the C-fibers help regain sensation. Works wonders for patients with migraine and cluster headaches.
Seed Oils: Gamma-Linolenic Acid, an essential fatty acid (found in numerous seed oils) are able to reduce nerve pain associated with diabetic conditions.
Berries: Contains compounds called anthocyanins, that blocks inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes, just like NSAID drugs.
Other foods include pineapple, blueberries, grapes, oats, etc.

Yoga for Pain Relief:

Yoga has been one of the greatest sources of revitalizing your energy sources and also relieving the pain in various parts of your body. Some highly recommended yoga poses to relive lower back pain are Supta Padangusthasana (Supine Hamstring Stretch), Supta Matsyendrasana (Two-Knee Twist), Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx), etc.

Innate Pain Killer Agents

Your body produces chemicals to soothe inflammation across the body.
Endorphins are the body’s natural pain relievers by blocking pain signals from reaching your brain. Any activity (cardio and high intensity routines) that gets your blood pumping for a sustained period will release pain-relieving endorphins into your system.
Opiorphin found in your saliva is considered six times more powerful than morphine in handling pain and inflammation.

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