It is easy to fall into the pattern of eating fast, convenient, prepared food, especially in our often frenetic lives. But we are not nurturing ourselves by doing so. Our Standard American Diet (it’s SAD, get it?) lacks nutrients and relies heavily on processed foods that include artificial color, additives, flavorings, and chemically-altered fats and sweeteners.
Our fast foods remove us from the pleasures of creating and savoring an excellent meal, and our fast pace often prevents us from connecting over a good, slow meal. We tend to eat for convenience and speed, not health and pleasure.
No wonder it’s so easy for you to overeat! (Yeah, I’m talking about you. Well, there’s a very high chance I am considering 69% of Americans are either overweight or obese. 69%!!!)
So there are many reasons why we might want to pay attention to what we eat. Food is powerful stuff. Everyone has to eat. Food is not like medicine; it is medicine.
We especially need to pay attention when we are sick so we can help our bodies get the nutrients we need to heal. There are many health benefits if we look at food as medicine. Here are some of the ways.
1Ginger as a Painkiller for Muscle Pain
There are plenty of pain killers out there for those suffering from muscle pain, but the good news is that ginger can be every bit as effective without the side effects.
It inhibits the production of hormones responsible for triggering pain, and you only need to add one teaspoon of dried ginger or two spoons of the chopped version to your meal every day.
2Ease Toothaches with Cloves
Some of the most intense sensations of pain are produced by toothaches and if you don’t have the option of visiting a dentist right away, help yourself to some cloves.
Simply chew the cloves until the pain subdues and don’t forget to add a quarter of a teaspoon to your daily meals as the active ingredient known as eugenol will help you lower cholesterol levels.
3Apple Cider Vinegar as a Remedy for Heartburns
Cider vinegar works wonders in preventing and ailing heartburns and in order to improve the right concoction you will need 8 ounces of water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, just drink the mixture before each meal.
It contains tartaric and malic acids which push the proteins and fats break down into overdrive, therefore healing the heartburn in less than 24 hours.
4Fight Painful Ear Infections with Garlic
The pain caused by earaches can be debilitating, but luckily you can get rid of it without a prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Garlic oil is the solution due to its active ingredients, which fight the bacteria responsible for the infection and deal with both the causes and effects.
Those who want to extract the garlic by themselves, gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks. Place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days to clear up an ear infection.
5Cherries Bring the End of Headache and Joint Pain
These wonderful fruits are rich in anthocyanins which have proven anti-inflammatory properties, that rival the effect of aspirin and ibuprofen. As a result, they are the best choice for those who suffer from joint pains and headache and don’t want to resort to conventional medicine.
A daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today’s painkillers.
6Tummy Troubles Vanish with Fish
Fish meat is perhaps the healthiest and also an excellent remedy for those who have tummy troubles like indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, thanks to its fatty acids. Try try munching 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease your miser.
They go by the name of DHA and EPA and play an active role in dealing with cramping and intestinal inflammation, therefore eliminating or significantly reducing pain. Sardines, trout, salmon, herring, and tuna are the best choice for those who don’t know what type of fish is more suitable.
7Forget about PMS by Ramping up Yogurt Intake
Premenstrual syndrome is causing a great deal of discomfort to most women every month, but the good news is that 2 cups of yogurt per day can make the symptoms go away.
According to professor of gynecology Mary Jane Minkin, M.D and the researchers at Columbia University in New York, yogurt has the uncanny ability to relax the nervous system and alleviating the painful symptoms caused by PMS.
8Turmeric as a Remedy for Chronic Pain
Acute pain is frequently treated with painkillers but when it turns chronic, it is worth seeking natural remedies which are sustainable and don’t have side effects.
This is where turmeric kicks in as Cornell researchers and nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D concluded that its main ingredient which goes by the name of curcumin is an excellent choice.
To maximize the effects, those suffering from chronic pain are recommended to add a quarter of a teaspoon (1/4 tsp) of this spice daily to their meals.
9Oats Provide Relief from Endometrial Pain
A bowl of oatmeal per day can work wonders for those suffering from endometrial pain, caused by the detachment of tiny bits of the uterine lining.
The pain is particularly strong during menstruation, but regular consumption of oats will decrease it to bearable levels for the vast majority of women.
The scientific explanation is that oatmeal is gluten-free, which is great news given the fact that this is the company that is responsible for inflammation and the subsequent pain.
10Wave Foot Pain Goodbye with Salt
Local surgeries for removing ingrown toenails are more often than one would think, but luckily there is a painless alternative to these procedures.
Salt is perfect for addressing the issue of pain and swelling, with Stanford University in California suggesting that a teaspoon of salt dissolved in water and heated up to a bearable temperature can provide relief. Just keep your foot in the salty water for at least 20 min. Every day to sooth the pain and get rid of the infection.
11Pineapple as a Solution for Digestive Upsets
If bloating is a major issue for you, the remedy you seek is pineapple due to its proteolytic enzymes which diligently work at breaking down the proteins responsible for stomach and small intestine pain and gas. One cup of fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours.
12Sooth Painful Muscles with Peppermint
Instead of stuffing yourself with medicine to relieve the pain caused by sore muscles, add 10 drops of peppermint oil into your daily bath.
Your muscles and nerves will relax, which will, in turn, address the issue of muscle cramping without the side effects of painkillers.
13Eat Grapes to Alleviate Backaches
Delicious and natural, grapes are arguably the best choices if you suffer from persistent backaches, as they help in relaxing blood vessels and improving circulation.
Eating a cup of grapes daily can relax tight blood vessels, significantly improving blood flow to damaged back tissues. A few hours after eating grapes, blood will flow more freely to the vertebrae and speed up the healing of damaged tissue, therefore soothing the pain.
14Find Relief from Pain Injuries with Water
A healthy lifestyle demands at least eight glasses of water on a daily basis and apparently water is also a remedy for pain. When a tissue is injured, histamine is produced, and by drinking a lot of water, you dilute it, which leads to pain reduction.
Susan M. Kleiner, Ph.D. recommends this therapy while emphasizing the importance of drinking at least 60 ounces of water per day especially if you suffer from back pain.
15Horseradish is an All-around Solution for Sinus Issues
German scientists came up with a potential solution for sinusitis which is an affliction that plagues the modern society.
Without being life-threatening, it can cause lots of pain while preventing you from functioning at your full potential. Therefore it needs to be addressed. Just one spoon of horseradish administered twice a day (either on its own or used as a sandwich or meat topping) should be enough to alleviate the pain while dealing with the underlying cause.
16Blueberries Cleanse Bladder Infections
Not only blueberries taste delicious, but one cup of them eaten every day either in the frozen version, as a juice or fresh can clear urinary tract infections. It is the active ingredient which goes by the name of tannins that promptly deals with the bacteria responsible for UTI, so the pain also vanishes.
17Eat honey and Forget about Mouth Sores
Viruses are no match for raw honey so whenever you are suffering from cold sores or inflammation, remember to increase the intake of unpasteurized honey. Dab painful canker and cold sores with unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear.
18Heal Breast Pain with Flax
If you suffer from breast soreness and are not a big fan of over-the-counter drugs, do yourself a favor and add 3 tablespoons of ground flax to your meals. Yogurt, oatmeal, veggie dips and applesauce are a couple of suggestions that scientists make when it comes to hitting breast pain, with flax’s phytoestrogens doing the hard work by preventing estrogen spikes.
19Coffee Beats Migraines
If your days are constantly ruined by migraines and you have to resort to painkillers, coffee will make them more effective. National Headache Foundation scientists have concluded that it helps the stomach to assimilate them much faster, which in turns leads to a swift pain ease.
20Tomato Juice Brings the End of Leg Cramps
In case you’re wondering, Potassium deficiency is the reasons for why leg cramps do occur and this is a result of an excessive drink of coffee or diuretics.
Tomato juice is rich in potassium and would offset the adverse effects of the beverages mentioned above, which will in turn tame leg cramps and lessen the pain.
Drink 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily, and you’ll not only speed your recovery, but you’ll also reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days