I am a person who does not believe in medicine! LOL I know that may sound crazy but I believe that giving your body too much of something foreign, makes your body prone to it and you start getting to the point where it's like you "need this" to survive (in Clinical Psychology, we call that addiction.) There have been many instances where someone's body healed on it's own and that's the route I like to go (especially if it's a headache of some sort.)
I wanted to share with you the importance of watching what you eat because food can be powerful. Food is medicine, we need it to survive and we eat it when we are sick to help our bodies get the nutrients that it needs to properly function and heal itself.
Here are some foods, found in your kitchen, that are good for reducing/killing pain.
Target: Muscle Pain
Ginger’s contains a potent compound called gingerols, which prevents development of pain-triggering hormones. Studies recommended 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.
Next time you have a toothache, try chewing on a clove. It will sooth pain and inflammation for about 2 hrs (UCLA Researchers say.) Eugenol, the natural compound in cloves is a natural anesthetic.
Solution: Cider Vinegar
A lot of women have been using apple cider vinegar (ACV) for shine in their hair weaves, but did you know that it is good for heartburn? If you are the type who LOVES hot and spicy food... "Oooo Me," then this one's for you. ACV contains malic and tartaric acids which helps to speed up the process of breaking down fat and protein so your stomach can digest it at a faster rate. Mix in 1tbsp of ACV in your water before every meal, experts say.
Target: Headache & Joint Pain
How tasty does THIS sound? Cherries contain anthocyanins (gives them that candy red color,) which serve an anti-inflammatory that is stronger than your over the counter ibuprofen & aspirin (see why I don't take meds!) A bowl a day will keep the pain meds away (hehehe!)
Target: Cold Sores
For those prone to cold sores, try this! Dap raw honey onto your cold sore 4x a day. The natural enzymes kill inflammation, viruses and speed healing of damaged tissues researchers say.
Target: Bladder Infection
Watch out Cranberry, you've got some competition! Blueberries contain tannins which circle around that negative bacteria in the bladder and stop them from causing that infection we oh-so-hate! Try 1 cup of blueberries fresh or frozen.
Target: Pain Injury
Good ol' H2O! Doctor's say drink 8 ounce glasses of water a day and do we.... NOOO! But... after reading this, you may want to. Water dilutes and clears out histamine, which is produced by tissue injuries. So drink up, it's not so bad :-)
Target: Back Pain
Back pain is a B!t**, but 1 cup of grapes daily can relax those tight blood vessels while improving blood flow to those damaged back tissues.
Target: Painful Muscles
Athletes Assemble! This one's for you (and everyone else :-)!) As an athlete, we did not get the job done right unless we came home tired and in pain, smh. A few times a week (at least 3) soak in a warm bath with about 10 drops of peppermint oil. Not only does it smell good, but it will relax muscles and calm your nerves.
Have you tried any of these foods or know of any other household pain killer remedies, please share!