The foods we eat can have an amazing effect on how we feel, for both good and bad. The following foods have been shown to help ease and alleviate uncomfortable aches and pains throughout the body!
Red Grapes are rich in resveratrol, a powerful compound that blocks the enzymes that contribute to tissue degeneration. Grapes, grape juice, and red wine all contain resveratrol.
Soy is helpful in fighting off osteoporosis, nutritionists say. An Oklahoma State University study found that consuming 40 grams of soy protein daily for three months slashed patients’ use of pain medication in half. Tofu, soy milk, and edamame all contain soy.
Ginger may help tackle post-workout pain, according to new research. Long used as a digestive aid, ginger is also an effective painkiller. Ginger may come in the form of a root, powder, or tea.
Cherries contain high amounts of antioxidants called anthocyanins that are known to reduce inflammation. In fact, The Arthritis Foundation says drinking tart cherry juice mixed with water three times a day may be beneficial for some people with arthritis.
Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which have tremendous health benefits, including pain management. Researchers have found that fish oil can help reduce inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, and some autoimmune diseases.
With a little planning and intentionality, these foods can be incorporated into your daily diet. To get you started, we came up with a delicious, pain-fighting menu. Try it this weekend!
Cheese and Fruit Platter
- Assorted Cheese (sharp cheddar, brie, gouda)
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup reduced-salt soy sauce
- 2cm piece of ginger, peeled, grated
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 8 small white fish fillets (such as snapper)
- baby Asian salad greens, to serve
- Combine honey, soy, ginger and oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until marinade comes to the boil. Set aside to cool. Pour marinade into a ceramic dish.
- Add fish to cooled marinade. Turn to coat. Cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat a chargrill or barbecue on medium heat. Remove fish from marinade, reserving marinade. Cook fish, brushing with marinade, for 3 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking.
Edamame with sea salt
Red Wine or Grape Juice