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7 Foods That You Never Knew Are Natural Pain-killers

7 Foods That You Never Knew Are Natural Pain-killers

Foods as natural pain killers have been used by humans for thousand of years. Natural remedies are indeed preferable to even over-the-counter medications to prevent unwanted side effects. Some people may be surprised to learn that natural food remedies can be as potent as man-made remedies. In most cases, these foods have anti-inflammatory properties, which is key to pain relief in the human body. Fruits and vegetables that assist in pain relief also contain antioxidants, which significantly reduce free radicals that cause inflammation.

1. Cinnamon

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    This spice can be added to coffee before brewing. It can even be made into a tea (blend 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 2 teaspoons of honey and mix them in warm or hot water). A paste of the same two ingredients with a little water may also provide local arthritic pain relief. The paste may cause skin irritation, so spread a dab of the paste on the back of the wrist for ten minutes to test it. Preliminary research has concluded that cinnamon significantly reduces inflammation, which a cause of pain.

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    2. Turmeric

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      Some scientific studies point to the use of turmeric in the relief of joint pain. The spice has anti-inflammatory properties that are noted as being the root of pain relief remedies. Add pepper to a dish with turmeric to speed absorption in the bloodstream. A study released in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2009 reported turmeric as an effective pain reliever for osteoarthritis pain.

      3. Salmon

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        Salmon has been shown to be an effective pain reliever, as well. Research indicates that the fatty acid, omega-3, combined with vitamin D, both of which are found in salmon, are conducive to arthritic pain relief. A 3-ounce serving has been found to have almost half the recommended daily dose of a 1,000 IU (International Units) of vitamin D. Salmon is also low in mercury, making it one of the safer fishes to be enjoyed regularly.

        4. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

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          Research indicates that extra-virgin olive oil is also effective in pain relief and management. Recent research indicates that the oil contains anti-inflammatory properties, as well as properties which are very similar to ibuprofen. Maximum benefit is said to be found in taking up to three tablespoons daily. Studies also revealed that chemicals that trigger pain mechanisms in the brain are blocked with the regular use of extra-virgin olive oil.

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          5. Cherries

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            Cherries contain anti-inflammatory agents, as well. This fruit is also said to relieve pain caused by gout. Research indicates the combination of several different natural compounds found in cherries lead to pain relief, rather than just a single antioxidant. The best benefits are said to be reaped from tart or sour cherries. The dark, red pigment in sour cherries has been found to be very high in antioxidant properties, according to the latest research.

            6. Cloves

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              Oil of cloves significantly reduces toothache pain when it is applied locally. Soak a gauze with 2 drops of clove oil with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil and place on area of pain in the mouth. Studies show that relief happens in seconds. Germs and bacteria associated with the infection are immediately killed. Some credit the use of clove oil to heal cavities as well.

              7. Ginger

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                Ginger is another helpful herb that has been reliably used for centuries in Asia. Scientific research reveals that the anti-inflammatory agents in ginger reduce inflammation and relieve arthritic pain. Ginger also prevents the production of pain-generating hormones. Add 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 tablespoons fresh ginger to dishes to maximize the full pain-relieving benefit.

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                Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                1. Cat Camel Stretch

                Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                3. Jumping Jacks

                Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                4. Abductor Side Lifts

                Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                5. Balancing Table Pose

                This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                  6. Leg Squats

                  Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                  Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                  The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                  7. Push Ups

                  You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                  An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                  Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                  This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                  8. Bicycle Crunches

                  There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                  Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                  9. Lunges

                  Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                  Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                  This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                  10. Bicep Curls

                  You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                  Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                  Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                  Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                  Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                  These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                  You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                  Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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