No one wants to be in pain, or be restricted by pain. While treating and working with many clients who deal with pain from an injury, inflammatory disease or joint pain, I know how important it is to find natural ways to fight pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications have side effects and often enough aren’t that helpful. Thankfully, medications may not be the only way to relieve pain such as arthritis, backaches, migraines or joint pain. Most often, inflammation in the body is the cause of pain. So how can we naturally help our body heal?
Science is showing more and more, that the food you put in your body counts when it comes to reducing inflammation and getting pain relief. The typical western diet full of processed, refined foods does nothing but fuel the fire when it comes to pain. Processed, refined foods are known to be pro-inflammatory, meaning they promote inflammation in your body. If you want to reap the full benefits and power of natural anti-inflammatory foods, supplements and spices, you must start by first reducing or eliminating processed, refined foods and increasing your intake of whole, natural foods.
Making conscious efforts to reduce inflammation and pain in our body is important if we want to live a healthy, active and pain free life. By eating whole foods, eliminating or reducing processed and refined foods, adding natural anti-inflammatory foods and supplements, you should find that your pain levels start to decrease. If you find that you are still in pain, then you will want to make sure that you speak with a medical professional to see if there are other options available.
The second step is to add powerful natural anti-inflammatory foods and supplements to your diet which help turn on your natural anti-inflammatory pathways and reduce or eliminate the pain you feel. Some of the most popular natural anti-inflammatory foods, supplements and spices include:
Berries of just about any type including cherries are powerful antioxidants that work hard to dampen the inflammation and reduce pain by not only blocking inflammatory pathways, but by inhibiting pain enzymes as well. Try toping your salad, oatmeal or breakfast cereal with berries or making a berry smoothy.Berries keep you mentally sharp and help manage diabetes.
Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA are also well-know essentials to helping your body produce its natural anti-inflammatories. While you could get it from eating salmon, herring and sardines, it’s often easier to get the amount you need from fish oil capsules. Just make sure that you are buying good quality, mercury free fish oil supplements.
The spicy ginger root is well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. You might know ginger all ready for its ability to ease nausea. But, ginger also helps to relieve pain by acting like a natural aspirin. The best way to add ginger to your diet is by adding it to smoothies, asian dishes or by simply making ginger tea. Try adding 1/2 teaspoon of ginger spice to your smoothie daily for 30 days.
This spice has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce pain for many years. The curcuminoids found in turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. To get even more pain reduction for arthritis, muscle aches or joint pain, you can also buy turmeric as a supplement. Just make sure that is contains 95% of curcuminoids.
In a blender, mix these ingredients:
I hope you enjoy! To your good health!