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10 Foods That Fight Pain

10 Foods That Fight Pain

Sick of popping a pill every time you have a headache, cramp, or stomach pain? Nature has provided the answer for you. There are plenty of delicious foods out there that can help to cure, or at least relieve, what ails you.

Disclaimer: You’re going to read the word “anti-inflammatory” a lot. Feel free to turn it into a drinking game.

1. Cherries

    Here are some cherries that won’t be painful to pop.

    Research has shown that eating 20 tart cherries can have the same effect on pain as ibuprofen. If that isn’t enough for you, 45 of those bad boys can reduce C-reactive protein, which is related to inflammation and arthritis.

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    2. Ginger

      If you’re a fan of natural remedies, you probably already know about how helpful a pot of ginger tea can be to settle an upset stomach. However it has even more benefits! Ginger can also help fight cold symptoms as well as sooth sore muscles and reduce osteoarthritis related pain. This is because the root contains an anti-inflammatory compound called “gingerol.” In one study, patients who took ginger capsules for eleven days reported 25% less muscle related pain after performing strenuous exercise.

      3. Sage

        Sage has been proven to be effective in treating scratchy sore throats. Before attempting to rub it over the back of your throat, try brewing a simple tea.

        4. Red Grapes

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          Red grapes contain resveratrol, which is responsible their lovely colour. More importantly, this compound can block enzymes that contribute to tissue degeneration. Blueberries and cranberries also contain this resveratrol.

          5. Soy

            Soy products, such as tofu, tempeh, or straight edamame, has been shown to alleviate pain for people suffering from osteoarthritis. Research from the Oklahoma State University showed that participants who ate 40g of soy daily for three months had less pain compared to those who consumed milk based products.

            6. Tumeric

              Like I need an excuse to get my curry on.

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              Turmeric contains a compound called “curcumin.” Curcumin eases pain caused by osteoarthritis. In fact, it has shown to be as effective as ibuprofen.

              7. Salmon

                Salmon, as well as other oily fish, is high is omega-3, an extremely beneficial fatty acid. Not only is it excellent for your general health, omega-3 can reduce inflammation within your joints, and reduce the pain that’s associated with rheumatoid arthritis. As an added bonus, omega-3 is also known to settle an upset stomach, particularly when it’s caused by stress. If you don’t like the taste of fish, try taking fish or salmon oil tablets instead.

                8. Peppermint

                  That’s right, there’s more to peppermint than keeping your breath fresh, and pairing it with chocolate.

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                  Similar to ginger, peppermint can help settle your stomach and treat ailments, such as indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, peppermint is highly effective for headaches and migraines because it acts as a mild numbing agent. As a frequent headache sufferer, I recommend getting a peppermint and lavender roll-on from your local chemist and applying it your temples. Lavender contains calming properties, which makes it a fantastic partner for the peppermint.

                  9. Nuts

                    Despite the name, this one is for the ladies.

                    A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that certain kinds of nuts can alleviate the symptoms of PMS. Almonds and pistachios seem to be the best at the job due to containing riboflavin and vitamin B6. Both have been proven to help fight cramps, fluid retention, and even irritability. So if you’re craving some chocolate when Aunt Flow comes to visit, try a nut laced brownie.

                    10. Coffee

                      Believe or not, coffee can help you get rid of headaches. And no, not just the ones related to caffeine deprivation. Coffee (and other caffeinated beverages) do this by narrowing the dilated blood vessels that develop with headaches. If you weren’t already convinced that this is a magical elixir sent by the gods, it can also amplify the effects of other pain killers.

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                      Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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