Lower back pain? You’re not alone. According to a 2013 Mayo Clinic study, back pain sends more Americans to the doctor annually than any other ailment.
Whether you’re experiencing pain related to past epidurals (like myself), recovering from an injury, neglecting to stretch prior to training or simply feeling “your age,” taking a few ibuprofen (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to the head isn’t the end all for relief. In fact, experts have approved countless natural remedies to alleviate pain.
Here are some top picks:
1. Have an anti-inflammatory drink
When you consume anti-inflammatory foods and drinks regularly, several antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and even anti-cancer agents can build up in your blood. These agents can reduce, and possibly even eliminate inflammatory reactions in the body.
Not sure where to start? Check out these recipes.
Turmeric is an Asian spice, that contains antioxidant, anti-arthritic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Method: Mix a small quantity (1/2 teaspoon) of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk. You can add honey or stevia to the milk if you prefer a sweet taste. Consume this drink, preferably just before bedtime to allow the anti-inflammatory process to work while you sleep.
If you don’t consume dairy, this recipe can easily be substituted with plant-based milk, such as almond milk.
Tart cherry juice
Because cherries are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, consuming cherry juice can help relieve muscle pain. Try drinking a