Before you head off to the medicine cabinet for a painkiller for your joint or muscle pain, take a look at this. The best painkillers could be in your fridge or pantry! Try adding these five healthy foods to your diet to experience more health benefits and less overall pain. It may take several weeks of regularly eating these foods, but studies do show that they will decrease the pain.
- Leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and kale, contain chlorophyll and vitamin K. Both can be beneficial in fighting pain. It is said that they slow the body’s production of prostaglandin, which can then decrease body aches and muscle soreness.
- Mixed, raw nuts are high in magnesium and potassium. Adding 2 ounces of your favorite nuts to your diet can help with stress-induced pain, such as headaches and back pain. Just avoid the roasted and salted nuts, since too much sodium can cause inflammation in the body.
- White beans are another good source of potassium. They have a mild flavor, so they can easily be added to salads and soups. Eating more white beans can help decrease joint and muscle pain.
- Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and so on, naturally have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They are a sweet way to treat pain. Add one cup of berries to your diet per day to help with chronic pain.
- Shrimp has been found to dilate the blood vessels, which in turn increases blood flow. It can also help flush out lactic acid, which causes chronic pain when stored in the body.
So next time you want to prevent joint or muscle pain, head to the kitchen. There are so many amazing health benefits that can be found in a balanced diet and select superfoods.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician before taking any medical or diet advice.
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