If you have achy joints, bones, or muscles, winter can mean more pain. It can be easy to become dependent on daily pain-killers to find comfort. But, there are effective natural pain relievers available. And most are extremely affordable.
The best part?
Not only do these natural pain relievers reduce pain, but they also promote whole-body health. Instead of just numbing the pain, they can promote strong joints, ligament, tendons, bones, and bodies.
Here are our 8 effective natural pain relievers for winter aches and pains.
What’s ginger got that other spices don’t? Gingerols and shogaols. These active medicinal components are potent phytochemicals with pain-reducing qualities. In fact, ginger has been used as one of many natural pain relievers in eastern medicine for centuries. It’s known to aid many ailments from joint pain to nausea and motion sickness to bacterial infections (1).
Study after study has validated it as a natural pain reliever.
One such study from 2014 found that ginger effectively relieved pain from osteoarthritis within 24 weeks (2). Another concluded that topical ginger ointments and creams reduced pain in joints (3). What’s more, studies confirm that gingerols are strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents (4).
For a wonderful ginger dip, try our Keto Zone Spicy Ginger Dip.
Or, add a 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger to Turmeric Tea Recipe listed below.
Curcumins are turmeric’s secret weapon. And while it’s difficult for researchers to fully understand how curcumins work to decrease joint pain, their works conclude that it is effective.
For example, a recent meta-analysis found that the curcumins in turmeric extract are effective in treating arthritis (5). Additionally, animal studies show that curcumins actually protect cartilage (6).
Another study of 50 arthritis sufferers showed a 58% reduction in stiffness and pain with curcumin treatment in 90 days. What’s more, curcumin effectively reduced inflammation in the participants: C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation, decrease by 16-fold!
Want a great winter recipe to increase your turmeric intake? Try Keto Zone Turmeric Tea.
If you suffer from pain, also add Dr. Colbert’s High Potency Turmeric Supplements each day.
Black pepper also contains a secret weapon: Piperine. And piperine is a strong anti-arthritis nutrient.
Many studies have supported it as a compound that reduces pain, increases healing and decreases pathology in arthritic animals and humans (7).
As a bonus, piperine increases the absorption of curcumins by up to 10 times. It stimulates “transporters” in our intestines to increase absorption, so take them together by simply adding freshly ground pepper to anything that contains turmeric (Dr. Colbert’s High Potency Turmeric Supplements contain both).
While essential oils are a confusing area of natural pain relievers for many, lemongrass essential oil is effective, safe, and easy to use when applied correctly.
As a simple explanation, plants manufacture chemical compounds (essential oils) to protect themselves, heal themselves, and even repel disease and animals that may hurt them. Some of the chemical compounds are at a molecular size that can be absorbed through human skin and/or respiration.
However, care must be taken when using it.
First, make sure to use it in a diluted form. To do so, simply mix 10 drops “100% pure lemongrass essential oil” with no less than 1 tablespoon carrier oil. A carrier oil is simply an oil used to dilute essential oils. Examples include fractionated coconut oil, castor oil, argan oil, and/or olive oil.
Second, try using the diluted lemongrass oil in just a small amount on a small area of the body. Wait at least 3 days to make sure you don’t have a reaction. Then, apply it up to twice per day on painful areas. If applying by hand (rather than will a roller-bottle) make sure to wash hands and not get the oil in your eyes.
Third, realize that essential oils aren’t regulated by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so it’s important to only use brands you trust and oils that are 100% pure. You can look for oils manufactured by a brand that’s a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.
While essential oils have the potential to be amazing health aides, they are potent and should be used with care.
While many mistakenly believe that compression apparel only provides external support to joints (like a brace), they actually do much more internally than externally. In fact, most compression sleeves are slender and minimal, allowing the joint to flex and extend freely without structurally supporting it. So how do they help pain?
Compression apparel are natural pain relievers since they:
This means that the compression sleeve can help the mind-nerve-body pathways filter out irrelevant information and increase sensitivity to task-related sensory information and enhance movement (10).
When movements are performed precisely and biomechanics improve with compression, pain and soreness decreases (11).
When it comes to pain, the best type of collagen is “type II collagen” derived from chickens. It specifically contains hyaluronic acid, glucosamine sulfate, and chondroitin sulfate to support healthy cartilage and joints.
In fact, one 2008 study found that athletes who took hydrolyzed collagen had less joint pain at rest and when active (12). Another found that type II specifically reduced knee pain in those with osteoarthritis (13). Yet another 6-month study showed that it can improve lower back joint pain (14).
The best option for collagen is none other than Keto Zone Hydrolyzed Chicken Collagen and Marine Powder. It includes all 3 types of important collagens, so you get every type you need in one powder. What’s more, the addition of probiotics makes it even better digested and absorbed, and a whole-body pain reliever.
If you are currently overweight, one of the best things you can do for joint and bone pain is to lose weight. If you don’t know where to start, you’re in luck, because we have the resources you need.
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Believe it or not, optimism can reduce pain. And, yes, it’s all in your head.
Our brains are incredibly powerful. And our thoughts can translate into real pain or pain relief.
In fact, there’s a growing body of evidence that optimism plays a protective role in acute and chronic pain. In fact, a recent medical review found that optimism is associated with less acute and chronic pain (15).
And what’s more, those who consistently practice prayer are often more optimistic and hopeful about the future. When you take your burden to God, you release them and can reduce stress and negative thoughts.
This all translates to more pain relief (physically and mentally).
Looking for natural pain relievers? Of course, there are many options. We’ve provided 8 that are effective, can be initiated easily at home, and are affordable. Massage, cold-therapy, and others are effective as well.
But to start, find relief using natural foods, plant compounds, compression, prayer and optimism, and weight loss today!