Muscle Pain: What to Eat & What to Do

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Every one of us may have experienced muscle pain at some point in our life. It is not uncommon to have muscle pain because of tension, injury, or overuse of muscles. Usually, the pain is limited to an affected area, but you can also feel muscle pain all over the body due to certain medications or some illness or infection.

   

Although, generally, the treatment of muscle pain depends on the underlying cause, some foods and self-care tips can accelerate the process of healing.

  

   

Antioxidant-rich foods

   

Foods that contain rich antioxidants can help reduce the activity of free radicals, promote tissue repair, and relieve muscle pain or soreness.

   

Tart cherry

  

Tart cherries are loaded with antioxidants that can help mitigate the symptoms of muscle damage. You can either consume tart cherry juice or directly add whole tart cherries into your daily recipe.

   

Studies show that drinking 12 oz. of tart cherry juice twice a day can effectively improve muscle recovery, but considering the amounts of sugar it contains, it’s better to consult your doctor regarding your proper dosage before consuming.

  

   

Ginger

   

Ginger is another dietary intervention that may help reduce muscle soreness. Various studies have shown that ginger supplementation can help relieve sore muscles after a vigorous exercise session. You can use ginger in your everyday cooking or make yourself a cup of ginger tea on a regular basis.

  

   

Caffeine

   

Caffeine intake in the right amounts can alter brain activity in a way that makes you feel less pain. The good news is that it’s quite easy to consume caffeine: you can just drink your daily coffee.

   

Apart from coffee, caffeine-containing products like caffeine chewing gums can help relieve post-exercise muscle soreness and pain as well.

  

   

Turmeric

    

The therapeutic potential of turmeric is great, for its chief component curcumin has been found useful in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness in several studies.

   

As a spice used in a wide range of dishes and packaged food products, you can easily incorporate turmeric into your daily diet. Making yourself a cup of turmeric tea or turmeric milk is also a nice choice.

  

   

Self-care tips

   

Massage

   

Massage therapy helps improve blood circulation in the target area, which brings more nutrition and oxygen to the affected muscles. As a result, it can relieve pain, soreness, stiffness, and fatigue. You can locate a massage house near you and enjoy the professional service.

  

   

Physiotherapy and exercise

   

Moving your wound-up muscles can be difficult, but you need to keep them active without overexerting them to retain their full function. Seek the help of a physiotherapist or your doctor to come up with a suitable exercise routine that can help work out and rehabilitate your damaged, weak, or stiff muscles.

  

    

Rest

   

Make sure you have plenty of sleep when you are experiencing muscle pain. During sleep, your body repairs itself, which is why enough rest can reduce pain and help heal your muscles faster.

    

The effectiveness of these methods varies among individuals, so it is recommended that you try different kinds of ways instead of sticking to one. These remedies cannot replace medical treatment, though; always consult a doctor if you don’t feel well.

  

 

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