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Foods that fight Pain

Updated on July 29, 2013
Pain is an integral part of our system. How we choose to fight it, is important.
Pain is an integral part of our system. How we choose to fight it, is important. | Source

Pain is an individual experience, and it usually relates to a sensation that hurts and gives a feeling of discomfort, distress and anguish. Man experiences two types of pain namely, Acute pain and Chronic pain.

Acute pain is an intense pain, which usually occurs when there is an injury and tends to go away once treated or healed. Pain usually lasts longer in chronic pain and its intensity could vary from mild to severe.

There are two major kinds of pain experienced in a human body.

Muscular Skeletal pain: In this, the pain receptors are sensitive to inflammation within the joints, a muscle cramp or are sensitive to vibration or stretch in the muscles.

Some Examples are: Achy Joints, Sore Muscles, Headaches, PMS Cramps, Digestive Pain and Heartburn.

Nerve pain: This pain affects the nerves by transmitting signals to and from the brain. The pain associated with nerve damage can eventually damage the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and the spinal cord.

Examples that can cause nerve damage are diabetes, trauma, chemotherapy drugs, and stroke.

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
Lance Armstrong

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Khalil Gibran

Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.
Angelina Jolie

As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure”

Popping in a pill of ibuprofen or acetaminophen will bring relief to the above conditions. However, eating the right food will help prevent it from occurring.

Some common foods that help to beat the pain in a natural way have been categorized based on their properties: Rich in Anti-inflammation, Fiber rich, Drinks having caffeine, Nuts, Foods that help soothe the irritation, Eats rich in minerals, Grubs that supply natural supplements and vitamins.

  • Anti-inflammatory foods

Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Cherries

The above foods have a positive effect by inhibiting the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins and COX inhibitors. The above food options are useful for people ailing from Joint pains, Sore Muscles.

Anti-inflammatory foods can also prevent cancer. The pain associated with chemotherapy drugs can be avoided if there is consumption of this food.

  • Fiber rich foods

Avocado, Beans (kidney, garbanzo, black, white), Whole wheat pasta, Brown Rice, Edamame, Lentils, Broccoli, Almonds

The above foods if consumed likely to report Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms since fiber moves food out of the stomach faster and prevents reflux.

  • Caffeine drinks

Green tea, Black tea, Coffee

They help in giving relief to a headache due to dilated blood vessels in the brain. Caffeinated drinks help constrict blood vessels and ease the pain.

  • Nuts

Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios

Consumption of nuts tends to increase the levels of riboflavin and reduce the PMS cramps, fluid retention, and brain fog.

  • Soothers

Yogurt, Shredded coconut, peppermint, Cranberry Juice

Stomach ulcers or digestive pain such as cramping, spasms associated with occasional intestinal distress could be relieved by the cooling effect of the above foods, which have menthol, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

  • Minerals

Soybeans, Chocolates, Spinach, Bananas, White Potato, Skim Milk, Edamame, Salmon, Nuts, Melon

Foods rich in fiber, magnesium, and potassium play a key role in a healthy blood flow, which helps keep blood pressure under control. A healthy heart will help keep up with the metabolism while keeping the weight of an individual under check. This avoids getting a stroke and the pain associated with it.

  • Natural Supplements

Spinach, Salmon, Walnuts, Berries, Broccoli, Tea, Soy, Avocados

The above foods help in feeding oxygen to the retina by giving the essential Vitamins, thus, avoiding the pain of cataract and macular degeneration to the eyes.

  • Impact of Vitamins

Orange, Strawberries, Broccoli, Cloves, Cinnamon

Vitamin C and antioxidants are present in the above foods, to help lower the risk of diabetes. Consumption of such foods can avoid the prick of needles before each meal.

How do you fight acute pain?

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Conclusion

This Planet is rich with natural bounties. Man ought to pause and recognize the treasures growing around him, and try to consume them in his daily diet. This will help him walk an extra mile in his lifetime while preventing pain and give him good health along the way.

Choice is ours, to make!

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      lex123 2 years ago

      Very informative hub, Ruchira. Many times we tend to give not much importance to the food provided by nature. Really useful info.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I keep hearing good things about anti-inflammatory foods. I hope they are more than a fad because I am eating more of them. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great list of foods that fight pain, a useful and interesting idea of these foods I enjoy eating most of these foods

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      After being in terrible pain this last week, I wish I had read this then! lol! stomach problems long story, this is bookmarked so I can come back if I get it again, great info ruchira, and thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is why there is an eternal debate about caffeine! It's both good and bad!

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      Kristi Campbell 4 years ago

      I knew about caffeine helping headaches but most of the others are totally new to me. Thanks so much. My dad recently gave up gluten to see whether it would help his arthritis and so far, he seems to think it's really working! I'm sending him this list as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is great information on foods that fight pain. I am happy to read that many of the foods I eat are listed here. I love salmon and now I have a great excuse to have it when I get those occasional pains from over exertion at the gym. I only wish more people knew that there were these wonderful natural remedies to pain. Voted up and sharing!

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Your eating habits can really affect how you feel. And I'm sure that's why "satvik" food helped our ancestors live healthy and long lives. Pain management with food, is a new concept for me. Interesting read.

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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Your eating habits can really affect how you feel. And I'm sure that's why "satvik" food helped our ancestors live healthy and long lives. Pain management with food, is a new concept for me. Interesting read.

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is great information, not only about eating the right foods to fight pain, but also how to eat healthy in general. Thanks for sharing this good information with us Ruchira. Voted up and useful

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I learned a lot from this hub. I don't think caffeine is a good idea in most instances as it is a diuretic which can cause its own set of problems, but all of the other options in this hub are very interesting to me. Voting up, awesome, interesting and sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Thanks for sharing this information. It is better to eat the right food than popping pills every now and then.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Wonderful hub! Your conclusion says it all: " Man ought to pause and recognize the treasures growing around him, and try to consume them in his daily diet. "

      Thank you for teaching us so much about pain management through proper nutrition. BTW my dinner is cooking - salmon, broccoli, romaine lettuce w/avocado, beets, celery and sprinkled with sunflower seeds.

      I drink a glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar about 1 hour before eating. It curbs the appetite.

      Healthy eating and thanks again. Voted and sharing and pinning on my board. ~ Audrey

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Vikki :) Nature sure is bountiful

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This hub packs a wealth of information, Ruchira! So many different types of food with so many benefits. Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome. Well done!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Raw cherries, Ruby.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Yes, I was also amazed to read so many benefits :) Thus, the hub!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I was mostly aware of the food and their benefits, but i didn't know about cherries being so beneficial. Do you eat them raw or cooked? Thank you..Great informative hub Ruchira...

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Frank, Eiddwen, Chitra, Peach and Denise.

      Appreciate you stopping by. Nature sure has ways to cure us, we just gotta pause and appreciate it around us.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great and interesting read Ruchira.

      Eddy.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you Dr Ruch.. these are indeed helpful.. prevention is indeed the best way to go..bless you

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information and very well presented!

      You are right-- Nature has provided us healthy food in abundance. Inclusion of healthy food such as Turmeric, Ginger, Garlic, onion, certain spices and other healthy foods can always keep us away from pains of all types, as is the practice in Indian cooking.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub! Voted up!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting and important topic. I'm always curious about foods that make a difference in our level of comfort. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i heard that ginger is good for removing wind and warm up the body. Great hub. Voted up

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you rose.

      Thank you Jackie.

      We are blessed with natural products that can help us...we just be aware of them and utilize them. cheers!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is a keeper. I know and use some of these wonderful foods and herbs but I want all the info I can get. Thank you! ^

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This is a fantastic article! It is incredible how many foods can help in soothing pain. I loved what you said in your conclusion that "this planet is rich with natural bounties", it certainly is true. Excellent! (Voted Up). -Rose

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Bill. Appreciate it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What an interesting hub. I don't think I have read one on this subject before, and considering how many hubs I have seen that is saying quite a bit. Great information, Ruchira!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Carol. Appreciate it :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is great information for all of us...Thanks for researching and doing a great job.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks FlourishAnyway!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Useful information for those of us who live with pain daily. Thanks for helping people flourish anyway. Good list. Voted up and more.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks CrisSp. Yes, Cherries are amazingly powerful.

      Ever since I discovered it, I try to have some each day :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Indeed, choice is ours to make. Great hub. Easy to read and well presented. I didn't know that cherries are anti-inflammatory food. I love cherries and it's good to know.

      Voting up, useful and passing it along.

      Thanks Ruchira.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Lovedoc :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Great hub, useful information. up+