5 Natural Foods to Stock up on for Pain Relief ...

Whether you're sore from a workout, sluggish from an oncoming cold, or just woke up having slept wrong, research suggests supplementing pain pills with certain foods could be just as helpful. Check out five natural foods that'll help you combat your pain:

1. Coffee

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If you're a big coffee lover, good news. Not only does it get the job done with waking you up in the morning, but it's also doing your body some good! Research suggests caffeine reduces pain in people suffering from exercise-induced muscular injury and pain. You can read more about that on ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

2. Ginger

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If you ask my mom, she'll tell you that ginger solves everything. In fact, you can always find her drinking some ginger-tea before heading off to bed! After reading some research, it looks like my mom's on the right track. According to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, this wonder root helps combat nausea/motion sickness, and fights off pain with its anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Salmon

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Mmmm. Not only is this super food tasty and full of healthy protein, it's also full of omega-3 fatty acids which has been shown to reduce arthritic pain! Learn more about it on ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

4. Tart Cherries

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According to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, cherries have been shown to help treat gout (a painful form of arthritis that causes swollen, hot, red joints caused by a build up of uric acid in the blood.) Maybe that's why everyone's always asking, "pretty please with a cherry on top?!"

5. Oranges

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We all know the benefits of Vitamin C, right?! Well, there's also an antioxidant called beta-crypotaxanthin found in oranges and other orange fruits and veggies like sweet potato and cantaloupe that have been found to help reduce the risk of anti-inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more about it on ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

Which of these is your go-to food for pain-relief?

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