Natural Pain Relievers
Experiencing pain while training is absolutely natural – it’s simply your body’s signaling mechanism that tells your brain to pay attention. While some pain can be very useful, other times pain can be debilitating and counterproductive.
When experiencing pain we often go for pharmaceutical drugs which do help but have side effects like being toxic for your liver, irritating to your stomach or having addictive properties. One of the major side effects on these drugs is that sometimes they work too well and completely numb pain so you don’t feel if you are causing further damage to your body.
Natural pain relievers on the other hand can be effective sports injury treatment without major side effects like pharmaceutical drugs. Natural pain relievers include herbs, spices, minerals and other nutrients that work in a various ways to decrease pain and inflammation. Let’s explore 3 most effective ones:
Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries in Asia to treat various ailments. In the modern western world turmeric became famous for its ability to reduce inflammation and thus decrease pain. Turmeric decreases muscle soreness and damage caused by oxidative stress and inflammation from strenuous exercise, so consuming turmeric prior to a workout can help you perform better and recover faster.
The active chemical is called curcumin and it is best absorbed when turmeric root is consumed as a whole food, fresh or dried form.
Astaxanthin is a potent carotenoid which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. There are two sources of astaxanthin, the microalgae that produce it and the sea creatures that consume the algae such as salmon, shellfish, and krill. Astaxanthin is now thought to be the most powerful antioxidant found in nature. Astaxanthin also suppresses a variety of inflammatory mediators thus is a great supplement for athletes.
Taking astaxanthin regularly can not only help you reduce pain but also reduce overall oxidative damage that exercise does to your body. Best way to consume astaxanthin is in the morning because it can cause a slight boost of energy.
3) CBD oil
CBD oil, which is an extracted from hemp, can help you reduce pain and improve your athletic performance. First of all CBD oil is analgesic which means it will almost immediately reduce pain (if taken sublingually) which can help you get to your workout right away. Second, CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties which can help decrease pain during the exercise as well as reduce soreness after.
It’s a good idea to find the best time to use CBD oil for yourself since it might have a relaxing as well as energy boosting effects on different people during different times of the day due to it’s cortisol regulating properties.
There are plenty of natural remedies that can help you reduce pain without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. The best way to find remedy that works for you is to try them out since there are a wide range of inflammatory compounds and every body and every pain is different.