Women have it rough. Sabrina Tavernise of The New York Times recently wrote an article examining statistical conclusions marking a rise in female painkiller addiction. Some studies have even found that women are more likely to have chronic pain than men, which increases proclivity for reaching toward a tiny orange bottle to alleviate mental and physical pain. But pills don’t have to be the answer; the path to a pain free life can be found…in your food. No, seriously! Each food we eat has its own benefit toward the health and happiness of our minds and bodies. Check out these five essential ingredients for a Vitamin D rich, anti-inflammatory centric diet that will keep away the pain, one bite at a time.
1. Celery isn’t just for crudités.
This vegetable is a great calming agent for the liver and nervous system. Toxin buildup over time increases mental anxiety and physical distress, thereby leaving the body more susceptible to chronic pain. Eating foods that maintain the liver, the body’s main detoxifying organ, keep its natural purification on track. Eliminating toxins, celery leaves your body clear, relaxed, and refreshed.
2. Cool as a Cucumber? Absolutely.
Did you know that cucumbers naturally cool the body from the inside out, purifying the skin and reducing excess body heat? Cooling down our bodies relieves some of the physical effects of inflammation that increase chronic pain, which is why fancy spas place cucumber slices over eyes to reduce puffiness.
4. Ginger’s cousin Turmeric contains the pigment curcumin, which has even more benefits for the body. Numerous studies have shown curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Curcumin is a completely natural pain reliever, and thus eliminates pain without toxic side effects such as ulcer formation and intestinal bleeding that are possible when taking leading pain-relieving drugs.
5. Cinnamon isn’t just for cookies.
With just a little sprinkle, cinnamon reinvigorates your body by increasing circulation, opening up breathing airways, and reducing fatigue. Full of energy, your body is better suited to combat the chronic mental and physical pain of lethargy. This spice will liven up your insides, leaving your body lighter and pain-free. Oh, and did we mention it is a natural aphrodisiac?
Just remember, when relieving chronic pain, pills are not your only option. Simple foods and spices available right in own kitchen can nurture your body’s natural defenses. Treat yourself to nature’s cure for pain relief and feed yourself some happy.
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