Discomfort can drastically impact a person’s quality of life. So, if we can somehow relieve discomforts just a little, we are already on the way to improving overall life quality significantly.
Of course, we’re not advocating that people should suffer needlessly from physical discomforts, but rather that safer methods should be at least considered for managing it.
Below we have compiled a list of tips and tricks that have been shown to alleviate discomfort safely. It’s important to note that if you’re going to try these tips, you need give them a couple of months to start working. In general, a good time frame to give them is between 2–3 months.
Nevertheless, a natural approach to discomfort relief is worth trying in our opinion.
The yellow spice, turmeric, has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years. Much of its benefits are attributed to curcumin, one of its key components.
How does curcumin work? Unlike opioid drugs, curcumin works on multiple levels to ease inflammation,1 a major cause of physical discomforts.
Capsaicin is extracted from chili peppers. It’s one of the most heavily studied extracts for the management of physical discomforts.
Research shows it’s effective against multiple types of physical discomforts, including discomfort in the joints,2sinuses,3and nerves4.
As a first step, make it a point to avoid inflammatory foods as much as possible.
Diet is very important for managing pain effectively. Limiting foods that contain arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fat, may help to prevent inflammation and pain.10
This can be found in red meat, eggs, white meat, and peanuts.
Instead, incorporate the following foods into your diet, as they can help to ease inflammation:
- Flax seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Oily fish
- Green tea
- Black tea
- Tart cherries
- Dark berries
- Olive oil
Multiple studies show that yoga may help.
For example, researchers in Seattle conducted a three month study and found that yoga classes could decrease back discomforts 5The participants’ back function also improved.
We, of course, encourage you to consult your doctor before you engage in any yoga regimens.
Make an effort to catch more sleep.
Research shows that sleep helps to diminish physical discomforts.6Why is this? Well, it may have to do with melatonin, a hormone that’s released during sleep.
Researchers have found that melatonin is actually a natural discomfort reliever.7It reduces inflammation 8 and it supports the release of endorphins,9 your body’s natural “painkillers”.
Have herbs or diet and lifestyle changes helped you manage your own discomfort? If so, please tell us about it in the comments.
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- J Peripher Nerv Syst. 2012 May;17 Suppl 2:22-7.
- Available at: http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/october2011/10312011yoga.htm . Accessed December 5th, 2012.
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