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Pain Fighting Foods

Achy Joints

-Cherries and turmeric

Eating about 45 cherries a day reduced c-reactive protien, a major marker of inflamation associated with arthritis, by 25%. Likewise, the spice turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that in one study eased pain just as well as ibuprofen in people with knee osteoarthritis. In a study of people who lifted weights 25% experienced less post-workout pain 24 hours after consuming ginger (about half a teaspoon a day for 11 days) than those taking a placebo. Gingerols, antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving properties produce this effect.


Digestive Pain

-Peppermint, coconut

The menthol in fresh peppermint and peppermint tea acts as a compound that relieves gas and bloating and as a muscle relaxer. For diarrhea, eat 1-3 teaspoons of shredded unsweetened coconut that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.


Headaches

-Coffee, pumpkin seeds

Headaches are often a result of dilated blood vessels in the brain.  Caffeinated drinks such as coffee can help constrict blood vessels and ease the pain. For migraine headaches you may be magnesium deficient which is plentiful in pumpkin seeds. Magnesium helps to calm the overexcited nerves and tense muscles that contribute to migraines.

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