Raw Foods Fight Pain
November 14, 2011
By Michelle Bosmier
“Instead of reaching for ibuprofen for your pain, try some raw food. What have you got to lose? Is your headache really that bad to begin with?” –KTRN
Sometimes you’ve exercised too much and your muscles hurt. Sometimes, you’ve got a terrible headache – perhaps you’ve slept too much, or too little? And sometimes, you’re tired, weary, and desperately in need to rest your sore, tired body after a long day. Pain is something we cannot avoid, no matter how healthy our diets and lifestyles are. But that doesn’t mean that pain should be lived with – research shows that there are some everyday foods that work like a charm to ease pain and replenish our systems.
Let’s start with bananas… if you have cramps, then this is the fruit for you. Cramping is usually the result of an imbalance in the body’s potassium supply. Because bananas are potassium-rich, including as little as one banana in your diet a day can help to replenish your daily needs and reduce cramping.
Ease arthritis and joint-pains with a few dashes of cinnamon. Researchers from the Nanjing University in China have discovered that cinnamon is highly effective in reducing inflammation, and also uric acid – the prime culprit for arthritis flare-ups.
Spice it up with Ginger and Turmeric. These two glorious spices have the same analgesic properties as aspirin or ibuprofen – without savagely attacking your stomach line or putting too much pressure on your kidney functions. On the contrary… both ginger and turmeric’s analgesic properties are amongst many of their favorable health benefits: the most important being that they will actually protect your digestive system, from oral to renal.
Get rid of that headache with a handful of cherries. Researchers from Michigan State University say that eating around twenty of these delightfully sweet little fruits will ease a headache. What’s more is that cherries have been discovered to ease muscular pain after a bout of weight-training.