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Posted on 07-18-2013

With the busy schedules that we have these days, pain is something that most Americans are familiar with.  Whether it is a headache due to nerve irritation, a stomach ache from poor dietary habits, a backache from sitting in front of a computer all day, painkillers are something we tend to have on hand wherever we are.  But instead of drugging our bodies with chemicals until we can get to the chiropractor, why not try some thing that Mother Nature gives us that have plenty of healthy painkilling solutions?

Foods that have natural painkilling properties:

1.     Blueberries:

        Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants.  On top of being fantastic for your skin, these same antioxidants can go a very long way towards easing digestive discomfort.  So, if you just had a very large meal or work up feeling a bit uneasy, eat a cup of blueberries!  Eaten every day, they can also help with chronic conditions such as a peptic ulcer.

2.     Pineapples:

       Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which aids in digestion.  While not a long-term solution, a couple of slices of pineapple will provide quick relief for stomach cramps or the feeling of heaviness.  Studies have also shown that regular consumption of pineapple may help avoid the development of arthritis.

3.     Vinegar:

        Another major stomach issue of the modern age is heartburn.  Eating fast and unhealthily often results in experiencing the discomfort on a weekly-if not daily, basis.  However, there is something easy that we can do about it without resorting to antacid medications.  The alkaline properties of vinegar help neutralize stomach acid.  Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and drink it slowly.

4.     Grapes:

        Back pain is unquestionably the plague of the technological era.  Few Americans get enough exercise, often spending their entire days sitting in front of a computer, a recipe for back pain if there ever was one.  Fortunately, a natural painkiller is readily available:  GRAPES!  They contain various nutrients which boost the blood circulation in the back, helping to minimize the pain.

5.     Salmon:

        Salmon contains omega-3 fish oils, which are well known for having GREAT anti-inflammatory effects.  Including them in your menu 1-3 times per week can help minimize muscle and joint pains.

6.     Ginger:

        Ginger is another natural remedy for muscle and joint pains.  The active ingredients in ginger don't actually treat pain, but instead prevent it from ever appearing by cutting off the production of the hormones that cause it.  So...add ginger to your daily menu and enjoy the painkilling results.

7.     Ibuprofen?

        Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used painkillers today.  People take it for everything from headaches to joint pain.  But...instead of buying ibuprofen at your local pharmacy, why not invest the money in a bottle of extra virgin olive oil?  It contains oleocanthal, which acts in much the same way.  Though it won't heal you when you are hurting, if you consume it regularly, you may very well find that your aches and pains occur far less frequently.

8.     Tart Cherry:

        A great natural painkiller worth adding to your diet is the tart cherry.  Its active ingredients are compared in effect to those of aspirin, so regular daily consumption should make you more resistant to various aches and pains.

As you can see, pain relief is not something that necessarily requires a medicine cabinet full of pills!  these delicious additions to your diet can help keep your life pain free!


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