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12 Pain Cures You Can Find in Your Kitchen

We are what we eat. And sometimes, what we eat can in fact, free us from some of the ailments that assail our bodies on a daily basis. Some of us are constantly suffering  from aches and pains, for some reason or other. So today, we look at some fast and quick pain cures that you can find in your own home, mainly the kitchen. These practical pain cures are things or ingredients that you handle in the kitchen every single day, some more often than others.

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The Top 12 pain cures that you can easily find in your own kitchen are:

1. Oats for endometrial pain

A diet rich in oats helps with the pain caused by inflammation during the time of menses. Oats don’t contain gluten, a trouble-making protein that triggers inflammation in many women, making endometriosis difficult to bear. Scientists have shown that a diet rich in oats can help reduce endometrial pain for up to 60 percent of women within six months.

2. Yogurt for PMS

Eating 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these PMS symptoms by almost 50 percent. Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux.

3. Flaxseed for breast pain

Adding 3 tablespoons of ground flax to their daily diet eased breast soreness for one in three women within 12 weeks. Scientists credit flax’s phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds that prevent the estrogen spikes that can trigger breast pain.

4. Ginger for muscle pain

Ginger can ease muscle and joint pain as it contains gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily for best results.

5. Cloves for toothache

Cloves contain eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Scientists have shown that eating cloves daily helps to stabilize blood sugar, plus slows down the production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as little as three weeks.

6. Cider vinegar for heartburn

Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain. You would normally dilute 2 table spoons in a glass of water before drinking the cider vinegar. For best results do this daily, every morning.

7. Garlic for earaches

For earaches, you need to drip, two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear, twice daily for five days. Garlic’s active ingredients germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. To make you own garlic oil, gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks. For comfort, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.

8. Turmeric for chronic pain

Curcumin, the active ingredient in tumeric, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that releases pain-producing hormones. Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain such as   arthritis and even fibromyalgia. This spice can be found freely in Indian food/cuisine.

9. Tomato juice for leg cramps

Leg cramps are due to potassium deficiency. Potassium deficiencies, can occur if you are on certain diuretics, consume a lot of caffeinated beverages or go through heavy perspiration during exercise. Drink some potassium-rich tomato juice daily to reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days.

10. Grapes for backache

Grapes can relax tight blood vessels, significantly improving blood flow to damaged back tissues, and often within three hours of enjoying the first bowl. Eat grapes daily to release your tight back muscle spams.

11. Horseradish for sinus

The pungent, sting of the horseradish is the same component that revs up blood flow to the sinus cavities, helping to open and drain clogged sinuses and heal sinus infections more quickly than decongestant sprays do. The next time, try adding this to your diet, if your decongestant fails.

12. Blueberries for bladder infections

Eating 1 cup of blueberries daily, can reduce risk of a urinary tract infections by 60 percent. Blueberries are loaded with tannins, that can kill the problem causing bacteria in the bladder.



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2 Responses to 12 Pain Cures You Can Find in Your Kitchen

  1. Chimley April 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi, I have celiac disease and want to make sure to clarify that oats DO contain gluten. The oat itself does not, but because oats are grown in the same fields and processed on the same equipment as other grains there is a very high contamination rate. Those sensitive to gluten need to find “certified gluten free” oats that have been grown in dedicated fields and processed on dedicated equipment.

    • ciki April 8, 2012 at 7:52 am #

      thanks for the great insight Chimley! Had no idea – really good tip. Cheers.

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