As we age, our natural systems break down and we experience increasing body pain. Aside from chronic pain disorders, most of this pain can be managed with over-the-counter or light prescription pain relievers. Some people happily take pills, but others may want to try a more natural path to pain relief.
Check out these common foods and how they can help relieve your everyday aches and pains. Some of them even boost over-the-counter medications. And eating one common, tasty fruit has surprising pain relief benefits (page 9).
Eat this if: You experience sore, stiff muscles.
Coffee is full of good-for-you antioxidants, but research suggests caffeine may have other benefits, too. Apparently, it can reduce “delayed-onset muscle pain and force loss” following exercise. So the next time you go for a morning jog or hit the gym, be sure to fill up on that cup of joe.
If you were to take a cup of coffee with your pain reliever, the amount of caffeine actually acts as a pain reliever booster. If you don’t have coffee or just don’t like the taste, try using a caffeine supplement instead. It could also help you stay awake a little longer after a hard exercise.
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