Wait! Before reaching for the pain meds, read these research findings. Painkillers known as NSAIDS, which include Ibuprofen and naproxen, were found to double the risk of miscarriage, prior to conception, and up to the 20th week of pregnancy, according to study results reported in the UK’s Daily Mail. Another European study found that senior adults who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late-stage macular degeneration (an age-related loss of vision), than those who do not take aspirin. Is it possible to ease pain and avoid dangerous health risks?
Acute or chronic pain isn’t something we can easily ignore. With 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some point in time, it’s no wonder pain issues prompt so many people to seek relief. Pain relief doesn’t have to come (and shouldn’t come) wrapped in a warning label.
Instead, consider these natural alternatives for pain relief:
Cherry juice eases muscle pain and relieves inflammation associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis and heart disease. In a study, runners drinking 100% Montmorency cherry juice before and during exercise reported less muscle pain than athletes drinking another fruit juice.
Ginger has long been used as a culinary spice and as a natural remedy for relieving nausea and motion sickness. Ginger has recently been found to relieve joint and muscle pain as well. University of Georgia researchers found that taking two grams of ginger daily can reduce pain caused by exercise or other physical activity by as much as 25%. Ginger works naturally as an anti-inflammatory and is reported to be as effective in relieving the pain of arthritis as ibuprofen or aspirin without the dangerous side effects.
Curcumin gives the curry spice, turmeric its bright yellow color. It is found to relieve painful, inflammatory conditions associated with arthritis and tendinitis. While Curcumin doesn’t cure these illnesses, study results show that it effectively reduces pain and inflammation.
Eat These Foods
Consuming foods known to fight inflammation may reduce swelling in the body and ease joint pain. Consider adding these whole foods to your diet: pineapple and cherries, green tea, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, ginger, dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa, salmon and other Omega 3-rich fish, and nuts: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds.
Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief and Good Health
Consumer Reports‘ alternative treatment survey of 45,601 people, found chiropractic outperformed all other alternative therapies for back and neck pain relief!
Better yet, the benefits of chiropractic extend beyond pain relief. Chiropractic addresses the cause of pain instead of numbing symptoms. Chiropractic care improves spine and nerve function, which enables your body to heal naturally from the inside out. You gain better joint mobility and range of motion, improved health and quality of life!