PAINKILLER'S FROM NATURE
Prolonged use of painkillers and antacids can tamper with your health in more ways than one. Why not instead, choose goodies from nature’s basket, to curb pain, naturally.
Yogurt: Commonly known as dahi or curd
Target: Stomach problems
Yogurt is rich in lactobacilli-the good bacteria that aids digestion, relieves stomach cramps and improves gastrointestinal function. You can choose from a variety of probiotic yogurts available in the market. Even better, blend together a cup of curd with fresh fruits like strawberries or bananas for flavored yogurt.
Cherries: Look for red, fresh and firm ones
Target: Muscle pain
People suffering from arthritis and muscle pain have a reason to rejoice. Studies now show that cherries are a rich source of anthocyanins which block pain by inhibiting the pain enzymes and reducing inflammation.
Turmeric: Use sparingly in your gravies
Target: Colitis, achy joints
Turmeric, also known as haldi is a favorite in the Indian household. This wonder herb possesses extraordinary antiseptic and antibacterial properties which reduce inflammation of the colon and preserve nerve function. Add a bit extra to your gravies, and make sure you add a bit of black pepper to your preparations. The black pepper actually helps the release of curcumin and its wonder properties that aid pain relief.
Ginger: Load up on this versatile root
Target: Migraines, sore muscles
Used widely as an excellent home remedy for stomach ailments, ginger has also widely established its efficiency in treating cough and cold. What’s more is that this pungent root can now help reduce migraine pains and ease sore muscles. Add it to your meals everyday or add a teaspoon of ginger juice to your cup of tea. Amazingly, sucking on ginger candy works well too. To put it short, it works as efficiently as a single dose of aspirin!
Herbal tea: Switch the caffeine for these antioxidant rich tea
Herbal teas, especially green tea is loaded with antioxidants and is a favorite amongst those trying to lose weight. Recent studies claim that these herbal teas also relieve headache by narrowing down blood vessels which dilate during an onset of headache. Swap your cup of black tea with green tea and make sure you limit your intake to three cups a day.
Fishes: Tunas and mackerels, choose fresh ones
Target: Achy back, joints
Mackerels and tunas, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, are highly efficient at maintaining your back pains. The spinal discs, present in between the vertebras of the vertebral column, are responsible for the transport of important nutrients and oxygen to the spinal cord. Omega 3 fatty acids from these fishes help the blood vessels transport these nutrients to the spinal cord and prevent the degeneration of the tissues.
Vegetarians can get their share of Omega 3 fatty acids from a handful of walnuts and flax seeds.