Want to Go Off Pain Pills? Try These 3 Non-Pill Dietary Solutions
Are you tired of feeling doped up all the time or just a little “off” because of the side effects of the prescription pain pills that you have to take every day to treat your pain? Well look no further as Dr. Oz offers non-pill dietary solutions that he says can provide you with the relief that you need.
“Before you reach for another pill, listen up—the way you treat your pain often determines how you cope with it and how you feel. Whether you have back, joint or inflammatory pain, help is on the way,” promises Dr. Oz as he introduces to viewers his pill-free pain food solutions.
In past episodes, Dr. Oz has discussed the use of magnetic field therapy for treating debilitating pain―and sometimes provided as a free service―that for many patients was the only solution that worked toward successfully treating their pain after years of failure with conventional treatment and dependence on prescription pain pills. In addition, he has also discussed how the California poppy is a legal herbal plant for treating pain.
However, in a recent showing of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz now also recommends treating pain more naturally through diet by eating specific types of foods.
“Did you know that certain foods can cure your back pain, your headaches and your joint pains? Well, I have the no-pain diet,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces his special guest Ashley Koff a nutrition expert and faculty member of the Center for Health and Healing in New York City.
“Before there were medications there was food…and many of these medications comes from what we know about food,” says Ms. Koff as she shows viewers her recommended foods that she says can be used to treat your physical pain.
A summary of Ms. Koff’s recommended pill-free pain relieving foods is as follows:
Food for Joint Pain: Dark Cherries
According to Ms. Koff, dark cherries are a great anti-inflammatory food that can relieve joint pain as good as if not better than aspirin and without the side effects some people experience when taking aspirin.
“Cherries have phytonutrients—plant nutrients—that are locked in their dark color, so the darker [the cherry] the better. And they work just the same way as aspirin does and other more potent anti-inflammatories that may have side effects,” says Ms. Koff.
Her recommendation is to eat 20 dark cherries a day for treating joint pain. If fresh cherries are not available she says that frozen organic cherries work too. Frozen concentrated dark cherry juice is also an option; however, not as highly recommended due to the added sugars in most fruit juice concentrates.
Food for Headaches: Tahini
“Headaches you’ll remember is really about a contraction issue, so what you are looking for is Mother Nature’s muscle relaxant,” says Ms. Koff who recommends tahini, which is actually nothing more than crushed-up sesame seeds. She tells viewers that it is a rich source of magnesium and may be one reason why a person is having a headache.
“What it’s going to do is it’s going to have dual action. It actually works on the muscle spasms and at the same time also the brain chemistry,” says Ms. Koff who explains that approximately 50% of people who tend to suffer from headaches and migraines have actually been found to be deficient in magnesium.
Her recommendation is to spread 2 tablespoons per day of a Tahini Nut Butter on your toast to help prevent or treat recurrent headaches and migraines.
Food for Back Pain: Papaya Fruit
“Back pain is really interesting. In the medical community we see so many dietary supplements that have a papaya enzyme in them called “papain,”…it really, really works and so it is medicinal,” says Ms. Koff who points out that deep orange color of the inner flesh of the papaya fruit is indicative of its rich antioxidant content. These antioxidants she says will help back pain by cutting down the inflammation and oxidative stress that is occurring in the strained muscles of the back.
Her recommendation is to eat 1 cup of chopped papaya a day either fresh or frozen organic that can be found in many grocery stores.
Ms. Koff adds that the great thing about using food to treat pain is that rather than having to face “side effects” as you will from prescription pain meds, is that instead you get “side benefits” from eating natural foods.
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show― Dr. Oz's No-Pill Pain Busters!