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Wellness Wednesday - Treat Your Muscle Aches Straight from Your Kitchen

MarikaTaylor

As athletes and those that regularly participate in physical activity it is only natural to experience muscle aches and pains. Most of us either endure the pain, take some sort of muscle recovery or take whatever might be in our medicine cabinet. Little did you know that your best pain cures can be found not in your medicine cabinet, but right in your own kitchen. Some of the essentials to relieve muscle aches and pains include: ginger, cherries, turmeric, salt, and peppermint, grapes, and tomato juice. Check out the benefits and relief for each item: Ginger- According to the American Pain Society, daily doses of raw or heat-treated ginger effectively relieve muscle aches and discomfort -- and that includes even severe pain following strenuous exercise

Cider Vinegar- Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. “Cider vinegar has powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain

Cherries- Their research reveals that cherries have anti-inflammatories that are 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin.

Tumeric - Studies show turmeric, a popular spice is three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers

Salt – If you suffer from ingrown toenails soak them in warm salt water bath. Experts say it can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California’s Stanford University. Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice daily, until your infection subsides.

Peppermint- If you suffer from tight, sore muscles try soaking in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil 3 times a week. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves -- a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half.

Grapes – If you suffer from back aches grapes could be the ticket to a speedy recovery. Recent studies have shown that eating a heaping cup of grapes daily can relax tight blood vessels, significantly improving blood flow to damaged back tissues.

Tomato Juice - Got leg cramps? You could be suffering from potassium deficiencies. Sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily and you'll not only speed your recovery, you'll reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days, say UCLA researchers