Sore muscles, pains, aches, migraines, and so on. Everyone experiences pain sometimes. And most people don’t think twice about dealing the pain with pills, no matter if they are over-the-counter or prescription.
Maybe painkillers seem like a no big deal, but over time they can harm our health in different ways. For example, Aspirin even at low doses can cause intestinal bleeding, ibuprofen can raise blood pressure, trigger ulcers, and gut distress, and it’s not a secret that opioid painkillers are highly addictive and, increasingly, lethal.
Instead of frequently popping painkillers and “playing with fire” it is better to take a more holistic, healthier approach to pain management.
Here are some pain relief remedies — less pain, no stomach problems, no brain fog, and better health.
Find Healing Hands
Regular massage and acupuncture treatments are two healthy and relaxing ways to prevent pain and to treat it. Massage not only rejuvenates and relaxes but it also encourages the release of the body’s naturally occurring painkillers – endorphins into the bloodstream. During the acupuncture, slim needles are strategically placed along key energy meridians and they stimulate better circulation of blood and nutrients through the body to relieve inflammation and pain.
Tap Away your Pain
Tapping with your hands is a free, acupressure-based DIY treatment. It can be done anytime and anywhere, and it only takes a few minutes. You can get almost immediate relief from emotional as well as physical pain by gentle tapping on the energy meridians that commonly are used in acupuncture therapies.
Calm your Body and Mind
In between hands-on and tapping treatments, try meditation to calm the body and the mind while delivering powerful pain-relieving chemicals to the brain.
Supplement Your Body’s Pain-Suppressing Power
A few supplements can be added to your pain-fighting arsenal in order to support overall health and tame inflammation. With daily reinforcements of probiotics, vitamin D, omega 3s, magnesium, and astaxanthin, you’ll cover much of the pain-prevention waterfront.
Push Off the Pain Out of Your Plate
Since inflammation and pain tend to go hand in hand, you can help ease the pain by putting inflammatory foods away from your plate. Topping the list of pain ‘flamers: gluten, sugar, sugary beverages, refined flours, and processed foods. When it comes to alcohol, the less alcohol you drink, the better. But the occasional glass of wine (preferably organic) at dinner shouldn’t cause instant agony.
Eat More Pain-Tamers
Not surprisingly, whole, fresh foods from farmer’s markets or organic sources will have more of the pain-taming compounds and nutrients in them than pain-inflaming, processed foods. What you put on your plate becomes even more important when pain is a frequent problem. Sulfur-rich vegetables will help you to cool the flames of inflammation. Add flavorful onions, garlic, chives and scallions to dishes, as well as cruciferous veggies like cauliflower and broccoli for an even bigger anti-inflammatory benefit.
Hit the Spice Rack
This is one tasty way to tame pain.
Freshly ground black pepper adds a punch of flavor and is because of its anti-inflammatory power also is an amazing healing-helper.
Ginger adds a tasty note to meals and can help kick migraines out.
Turmeric’s main compound is curcumin. It has been shown that curcumin is as powerful as ibuprofen for relieving pain without the gut damage that over the counters can bring.
Peppermint according to a 2011 study activates anti-pain colonic pathways, making it helpful for those with IBS -irritable bowel syndrome. It also inhibits the release of prostaglandins, key contributors to menstrual pain.
For those with intermittent or chronic pain, one more way to diffuse it is with exercise. The easiest way to start is with tai chi the super-low-impact, slow motion exercise that gently strengthens and stretches muscles with controlled breathing and meditative moves.