Using food as medicine to stay out of pain.

We all overindulge in the winter especially with the run up to xmas and then eating left overs in January. In February we are all have colds and achy joints as our immune system is suffering from our rich diet, lack of raw fresh fruit and veggies and sunshine.

I mentioned in an earlier article about a highly publicised TV program, which monitored the health implications of food by getting a volunteer to live on nothing other than junk. He had to be taken off the diet because his health plummeted so rapidly.

So this February don’t waste money on fad diets, just do a little reading about healthy food and drink more water, and use natural pain killing foods with natural anti-inflammatories. Most of us eat too much food that enhances pain and too little of the food that reduces pain.

Our cells depend on nutrients and water for creating healing, energy and cleansing. Poor food has additives and is heavily processed leading to persistent inflammation contributing to musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, diabetis, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer …you name it.

Pain due to too much inflammation damages nerves beyond any injury, and also causes tissue pain in our tendons, ligaments and joints.

Our ancestors were hunters and gatherers in a relatively lowly populated planet. The soil was rich in nutrients with little toxic chemicals. They ate fresh meat, berries, and roots. Therefore healthy omega3 oils, fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants, no processed foods, no wheat, no trans fats, no excess sugar and omega6 and processed dairy.

This helped to control chronic inflammation that prevades modern day western lifestyle.

We are becoming increasingly obese. This extra fat not only strains our joints, these engorged fat cells fire off inflammation. Organ fat is crawling with immune cells, prolonging inflammation and damaging surrounding tissue.

Living longer means a lot more of us are over 35.Around this age our natural pain blockers no longer  shut the pain gate in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord.

Due to needing more help to control mounting inflammation in the body and not getting it….we make too much fibrin, causing too much scar tissue in tendons, skin, joints. We develop arthritis, fibromyalgia, and sclerosis which is artery narrowing and poor healing all round.

Man made drugs[ NSAIDs] are only relatively safe for short term use, as gut bleeds, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness are all possible side effects.

Turn your kitchen into a pharmacy. Step inside mine.

My HERBS and SPICES Rack, favourite pain relieving and anti inflammatory spices and herbs.

Turmeric ,cayenne pepper and chilli , Ginger especially migraines and heartburn, Rosemary, nerve, muscle, and  chronic headaches. Sage, muscles and sore throat, and Parsley for arthritic pain .

I have a nice selection of herbal teas to hand, very warming at this time of year. Tea contains flavonoids such as pain killing quercitin, I find nettle tea helps with arthritic pain, peppermint great for digestive pain,and chamomile reduces the stress of pain.

If you like beer rather than tea, Hop  extract, nearly matched ibuprofen in painkilling effects.

Olives I adore, and they have anti inflammatory and painkilling properties closely related to ibuprofen.

For gynaelogical pain, gin and tonic or Chinese herbs, Vitex agnus-castus, black cohosh, dong quai and st johns wort .


If you like SMOOTHIES,I do, I make one for my breakfast with soya milk yoghurt and fruit, easy to digest as I run afterwards. Pineapples have bromelian aids digestive pains, Payaya has papain, and cherries anthocyanin painkillers. Enjoy bananas, I have one everyday, they make happy juice in the brain.

In summary my winning formula for pain relief would be some olives and fish oils, nuts, eggs, onion and garlic, a couple of herbs in tea or in food like the ones above, fresh raw fruit in a smoothie or green veg juice, and antioxidants, C and E, Q10 and lipoic acid, and you have your own pharmacy of potent pain killers for every problem.

If you are having an arthritic flare up, avoid cooking with vegetable oil, gluten(wheat, rye, barley), avoid cooking at high temps, avoid soda as sugar spikes linked to OA knee and trans fats and too many processed foods.

Ending on a cheerful note,a special lusty  cocktail to get the juices going on Valentines night. Mug of oatstraw, salty seaweed,earthy burdock root, sweet scented rose petals and dark chocolate.Rosemary, lavender and basil.

Potted Rosemary for love, worn by brides in middle ages , planted out afterwards and if sprigs grew  it showed a strong relationship. Sprigs planted with lovers name to see which grew stronger.Lavender sprigs as an aphrodisiac. Basil pots placed outside eligible ladies homes, basil means commitment and fertility, in Romania means the same as an engagement ring.

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Curcumin, Found in turmeric, America tried to get a patent, and India refused.powerful anti inflamm.antiseptic and antibacterial.

Capsaicin found in cayenne and red peppers

Boswellic acid in indian frankincense, reduces pain and swelling and stiffness in joints.

Aswagandha, indian ayurvedic medicine for arthritis

Ginger anti inflamm, migraines,heartburn.

Rosemary, nerve and muscle tension, chronic headaches, cancer related skin disorders, like aspirin has salicin

Sage, clear mind, achey muscles and inflammation. White one stronger


MSM sulphur, glucosamine, pain relief, anti inflamm.

Flavonoids such as quercitin found in tea, antioxidant and anti inflamm


Bromelian, in pineapple, anti inflamm

Hop  extract,nearly matched ibuprofen in painkilling effects

Vitamins..antioxidants,are anti inflamm pain killers, c and E, glutathione or N acetyl cysteine, lipoic acid and coenzyme Q10.

If in constant pain increase these and add more fruit andgreen leafy  veg and fishoil(omega3) and nuts,especially walnuts and almondseggs, onions and garlic.

Olives anti inflammatory and painkiller, closely related to ibuprofen.

Virgin olive oil oleocanthal natural pain killer

Shiitake mushrooms look pretty and have both anti viral and anti cancer fightingproperties and help with arthritis.

Figs, papaya and kiwi have PROTEOLYTIC enzymes do what???

Alfalfa high in vit A



Devils claw?

ionized alkaline H2o.

In summary a winning formula,some olives and fishoils, a couple of herbs from above and antioxidant supplements and you have a potent pain killer for every problem.

If you are having an arthritic flare up, avoid cooking with vegetable oil, gluten(wheat,rye,barley), avoid cooking at high temps, avoid soda as sugar spikes linked to OA knee and trans fats and too many processed foods.