Pain is one of the most discomforting and unpleasant feeling experienced by human body. Almost every person feels some kind of pain sometimes. We take a lot of painkillers to get rid of pain but not only the effect of these painkillers is temporary; but they are also not good for the body if you take them quite often.
However, the good news is that according to the latest researches, food can also cure pain. And sometimes, it does better than drugs.
Say Goodbye to Pain
On average, 116 million American adults suffer from chronic pain. This makes more than one third of the total population of the US. Pills can definitely reduce the pain to some extent but they can be addictive and have a lot of side effects as well. The worse thing is that this relief is temporary and does not eliminate the true reason behind the pain.
James N. Dillard, MD, Author of The Chronic Pain Solution says that chronic sufferers do not get complete relief no matter how well the medicine is subscribed to them. He says that the problem is huge and the medical community is doing a bad job solving this. But, you can definitely get rid of these pains and aches at home, by eating some foods that are there in your kitchen. These not only reduce the pain by fighting inflammation, but they also block the pain signals coming from your brain and also heal the cause behind the pain.
A botanist, James A. Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods says that if pharmaceuticals are doing the trick, plants can do it too; and that too, more safely. But to get all these benefits, you first need to quit eating junk food. The typical Western diet contains food that causes inflammation, including the refined carbs and highly processed food. Fruits, vegetables or herbs can never help you eliminate the pain if you do not quit eating junk food or unhealthy and processed food and switch to whole food.
Peter Abaci, MD, medical director of the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in Los Gatos, CA, says that this may not be easy but staying committed to a good nutrition plan makes you say good-bye to pain.
Here are 10 pain fighting foods that you should eat in order to stay healthy:
1. The Rx: Turmeric
The Target: Achy joints, colitis (an infection of the colon)
The Dose: 1 Tablespoon daily
Turmeric has been used for healing since ages. People have been using it in Ayurvedic medicine to treat pain and speed up the digestion. Researchers like it for another reason too; its anti-inflammatory properties. This is because of the presence of a substance called curcumin in them. Abaci says that turmeric can help prevent the body tissue from any damage, joint inflammation and also improves the nerve cell function.
If you do not like curry, you can sprinkle turmeric on cooked grains, soups, salad dressings and vegetables. You can also take turmeric supplements for the proper dose (while getting supplements, make sure that the label mentions 95% curcuminoids). Another thing that you need to keep in mind while cooking with turmeric is to use pepper with it. Dillard says that turmeric and black pepper should be used together as the pipperine in the black pepper helps release curcumin from turmeric.