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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.

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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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