Sunday, November 18, 2012

What can you do, at home, to reduce your pain

Pain that is caused by stress, arthritis and/or inflammation is a constant problem.  What if I told you that, along with your Doctor's suggestion, you can help eliminate this pain by what you eat?

According to Dr. Hector L. Lopez Jr. MD: You are what you eat so why not eat what will aid you in pain management.

  • Flaxseed Oil: Instantly reduces pain related to inflammatory conditions and weak joints. The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed are the best for people with arthritis or other inflammatory disorders. These fatty acids encourage the production of body chemicals that help control inflammation — in the joints, bloodstream, and tissues.
  • Red Grapes: This fruit contains vast amounts of resveratrol, a powerful compound that blocks the enzymes that contribute to tissue degeneration. Grapes are particularly good for the spine as lab experiments found resveratrol protected against cartilage damage that causes back pain.
  • Turmeric: This popular Indian spice normally found in curries and tasty dishes around the world provides a non-toxic compound called “cur cumin,” which has been proven to contain anti-inflammatory properties. It appears to work by preventing a protein associated with increased inflammation, from being activated in the joint.
  • Ginger: It is widely known ginger helps fight against stomach problems, but it is also a powerful painkiller. Almost two-thirds of patients with chronic knee pain reported less soreness upon standing after taking a ginger extract, according to a six-week study from the University of Miami. New research also suggests ginger may also help reduce post-workout pain.
  • Papaya: Papain, a protein-digesting enzyme, combined with antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E present in Papaya, helps to reduce inflammation, and improves digestion.
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries help slow wear and tear of your joints. The antioxidant Vitamin C present in them keeps free radicals – cell-damaging molecules produced by inflammation – from wreaking havoc.
This information was taken directly from:  Modern Health

Okay so we know what we can eat but how can we incorporate this into our daily diet?  If you click on the item it will take you to a link that will give you suggestions on how you can incorporate this into your daily diet.  Red Grapes, Papaya and Berries are best if eaten in their natural state but I am going to share my favorite smoothie recipe with you:

In a blender combine:
  • 1/4 of the blender pour Orange or Pomegranate Juice (You can try different kinds but these are my favorites)
  • 2-3 Bananas
  • Peeled and seeded red grapes (I usually just use a stem per blender; about 20 grapes)
  • One papaya peeled and seeded
  • Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.  (I use fresh if the season allows otherwise I use the frozen Great Value Berry Medley bag and use 1/2 the bag per blender)
  • Vanilla yogurt.  I add this last and put what I need to get the consistency that I like.
This recipe makes about 4 glasses and can be stored in the fridge.  I always "reblend" each day.

You can always add Flax seed to this mixture to get the added benefits.  Just remember Flax seed needs to be refrigerated once you open it.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

If you have any recipes you would like to share using any of the above items please do.  

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