POPSUGAR FitnessSource: Eat the Muscle Pain Away
You are what you eat. At least, that's the old adage. It's also one I believe in - what you put into your body has a big effect on how you feel. There are foods that fight fat and detox foods. There are even foods that help you sleep better and look fresher. Adding to the list of foods that fuel with a purpose are foods that help ease pain. Whether it's a headache, post-workout soreness, or an injury, these foods will help ease the pain away in a totally natural way.
- Cottage Cheese: If you're feeling sore after working out, make yourself a nutty craisin cottage cheese snack. Cottage cheese contains branched-chain amino acids, which protect muscle tissue from damage and soreness. Cottage cheese also protects against joint pain since it's full of vitamin D.
- Turmeric: When it comes to spices, turmeric has superpowers. It's been shown to protect against breast cancer and contains curcumin, which is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that gives turmeric its yellow color. Skip the aspirin and make this indian-spiced chard instead.
- Ginger: Ginger, the other super spice, helps calm an upset belly, treat motion sickness and protects against ovarian cancer. It's also a natural pain remedy for osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Since a sweet treat also has the ability to make you feel better, double up against the pain with our spicy gingerbread cookies.
- Kale: Having a diet rich in antioxidants - especially vitamin C - is especially beneficial for easing away pain. While most people associate vitamin C with citrus fruits, kale is another healthy source. One serving of these delicious kale chips provides your RDA of vitamin C for the day.
- Wheat Germ: Vitamin E occurs naturally in wheat germ, which is a good thing for sore muscles. The vitamin has been shown to decrease exercise-induced oxidative muscle damage, aka inflammation. Keep your muscles in check with our no-bake peanut butter balls, which are chock-full of healthy wheat germ.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Given all the health benefits associated with omega-3s, it's not surprising that they also ease pain. Studies confirm that the fatty acids ease joint and menstrual pain and decrease inflammation in the body. Salmon and walnuts are a great source of omega-3s and so is flaxseed, which you'll find in these cinnamon oatmeal waffles.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Perhaps one of the reasons Rachael Ray loves her EVOO so much is because it's nature's pain reliever. Olive oil contains oleocanthal, which has been shown to reduce pain in the same way that ibuprofen does. Yet another reason to love the Mediterranean diet.