A Royal Pain in the …


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Have you ever experienced back pain or pulled a muscle or torn a tendon? Last summer I tore my Achilles tendon while running and man, did that ever hurt!

My doctor told me to ice it, gave me a brace and a pair of crutches. He told me to take ibuprofen but I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals so I began investigating natural alternatives.

Did you know that there are 10 foods that have amazing abilities to reduce inflammation and pain? 

1.) Kelp, also known as kombu is available to Whole Foods Market and other health food stores. It is delicious with beans and has the added bonus of reducing the digestive issues that are often associated with beans. 

2.) Turmeric – have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown turmeric to be as powerful as Motrin in relieving inflammation. But in addition, turmeric is used to relieve motion sickness and vomiting. 

3.) Wild-caught salmon – a wonderful source of omega 3 fatty acids which prevent heart disease and cancer as well as reduce pain and inflammation.

4.) Shiitake mushrooms — boosts the immune systems and reduces swelling internally.

5.) Green tea – the anti oxidants found in green tea have shown that it reduces the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

6.) Papaya – heals burns, reduces painful swelling and improves digestion. 

7.) Blueberries – one of the most perfect and powerful fruits; it is high in phytonutrients and protects against dementia and cancer.

8.) Extra virgin olive oil – the Mediterranean’s secret to longevity, it is also a great reduce of swelling and pain. It reduce the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

9.) Broccoli – contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients which helps the body eliminate potentially cancerous compounds. Think BPAs from plastic.

10.) Sweet potato – a great source of beta-carotene, manganese, vitamins B6 and C as well as dietary fiber. Sweet potatoes assist the body in healing from all sorts of inflammation. 

I am happy to say that I made it through my injury taking only 4 ibuprofen during the 8 week recovery process, thanks to these 10 fabulous foods. 

I have given my digestive tract the ability to continue functioning at it’s optimal level as ibuprofen and other NSAIDS can damage your digestive system over time, even with use that follows all instructions. Many bleeding ulcers can be attributed to the use of NSAIDS for routine pain. 

To Great Health! 

Emily Gamache, Certified Holistic Health Coach

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