Whether you train with me at JARFit in Denver, CO, or do virtual training with me, I know most of you push yourself hard, especially when you’re building for competition. There are studies that show that taking COX—cyclooxygenase—inhibitors like ibuprofen, can actually inhibit muscle hypertrophy. In other words, if you’re competing, popping that ibuprofen is counterproductive to muscle gain. Finding alternatives, such as natural pain relievers can be important, especially when you consider the side effects of NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen like increased risk of heart failure and renal failure.
Make tea with some of these herbs.
Ginger and turmeric are just three types of natural pain relievers. You can make tea with these that can help soothe the pain. One study shows ginger not only stops inflammation like NSAIDs, but also provides antioxidants to protect cells and neutralizes the acidity of arthritic joint fluid. While these natural pain relievers are effective, they have other benefits. For instance, ginger can also accelerate recovery. You can include raw ginger in your smoothies, too. Natural fresh ingredients are always best.
Make pain relief cream from chili peppers.
If you’ve ever purchased and used Capzaicin for pain, you might not realize you can make your own pain relief cream. You can use a variety of mixtures from cayenne pepper powder mixed with coconut oil and other essential oils to cleaning out the seeds from a hot chili pepper and blending it with a carrier oil. Turmeric, ginger and essential oils can be added to boost benefits.
Essential oils can help you relax and relieve pain.
Inhaling lavender oil can bring relief from amigraine and may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant pain relieving benefits. Always dilute these oils with a carrier oil if rubbing on the body and never ingest them. Rosemary oil can also bring relief. Including rosemary, the herb, in your diet, especially when mixed with olive oil, can also reduce pain. Using peppermint oil topically with a carrier oil has been If you have asthma, beware. Eucalyptus oil can trigger asthma attacks.
- Try cryotherapy or float therapy if they’re available in your area. They require no drugs and have been shown to effectively reduce pain, while speeding the recovery process.
- White willow bark is where aspirin originated. The bark contains salicin, which your stomach changes to salicylic acid—aspirin. Commercially produced aspirin causes stomach upset, salicin, the natural alternative doesn’t.
- Consider a massage or using a foam roller, yoga, meditation or acupuncture to relieve pain. Yoga can increase your flexibility and strength, while meditation can help clear your mind and reduce stress.
- Soaking your body or just your feet in Epsom salt can help you relax. The magnesium in Epsom salt enters your body transdermally and helps reduce muscle spasms. Eating sunflower and pumpkin seeds also increases your body’s magnesium.
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