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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 September 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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