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Nobody likes to be in pain whether that’s emotionally or physically. Pain does not discriminate in regards to age, race, gender, or species. We all have the ability to feel physical pain. There are tons of over the counter as well as prescription medications that are available to assist with pain. Prescription pain killers for some can become addictive. Thanks to Mother Nature there are numerous natural pain killers in our vitamins and foods available for us to use. You can add these things to your diet for the body to absorb and help assist in pain tolerance. All of the natural methods mentioned here have been proven to work by numerous researchers.
Capsaicin is an ingredient found in hot peppers that can assists with pain. Now you must be careful simply because the peppers are hot and nobody wants their mouth to be burning like a dragon. However, capsaicin causes an endorphin rush. Endorphins rush to block out the heat from the peppers. We know that it is heat but the body recognizes it as pain. The rush of endorphins causes us to feel good. "It's used for all kinds of arthritis pain, as well as for neuropathic pain and dermatologic conditions that have a painful itch," said Dr. Ashwin Mehta, director of integrative medicine at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. Capsaicin is also used to help treat shingles naturally. There are a few ways in which you can use capsaicin. One way is to eat it raw or cooked. We do not recommend this because it is one of the hottest peppers out there. A more logical way is to use is as a dried powder by adding it to your food or drinks. Add a little at a time so that it’s not extremely hot. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement found in the vitamin aisle of your local grocer or health food store. There are also topical creams that can be applied on the skin where the pain is to alleviate it.
Ginger is pretty awesome and can be found anywhere. Did you know that it helps with pain? Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It helps to reduce inflammation with the same amount of effectiveness whether cooked or uncooked. Indian medicine doctors have used ginger to treat patients suffering from arthritis for centuries. Dr. Srivastava found that ginger blocks the formation of inflammatory compounds and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints of patients with joint pain. Ginger can be used in many forms such as tea, added to food while cooking, as well as raw form.
Fish Oil is good for the brain. It can be used as natural pain relief due to the omega 3 fatty acids contained in the supplement. According to David Rakel, MD, “Fish oil can also ease the inflammation and pain caused by many chronic conditions. The dose used in the most convincing research is 2 to 4 grams of DHA + EPA daily (read labels carefully!). Although beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are available from other sources, experts say that fish oil has the best evidence.”
Peppermint oil can be used externally for pain relief. It can be used for headaches, sinus pressure, menstrual cramps, and more. It can be found at the health food store and many grocers. To use it, simply add the oil directly to the source of discomfort. Be sure to wash your hands after applying it immediately after. Do not use it anywhere near the eyes.
Vitamin D a deficiency in vitamin D could possibly be linked to have chronic pain. There is numerous research showing that when attempting to treat chronic pain there is no improvement in those deficient in vitamin d. Over the past few decades people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds have been shown to be vitamin D deficient. The sun provides all the Vitamin D that we need. You can put on a little sunblock and take a morning walk to get this naturally. Make sure that your face and arms are exposed. Doing this also helps to reset your body clock. One of my personal theories that is not backed by research is that we are vitamin d deficient due to eating tons of fast foods and not going outside. Our children do not play outside like they used to so they aren’t getting that natural vitamin D. Make sure to get out in the sun with your sunblock on and eat nutritious foods.
Be sure to add these things into your diet and routine to minimize your pain. Over time you should see vast improvements. Be sure to always consult your healthcare physician before taking any new supplements.