Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Painkilling Food

Autumn in the Forest.

Now we are once again on our way to autumn and a lovely colour palette - a sunny day in October with the cool fresh air is healing and medicine for the soul. It's getting colder in the night hours and the house feels chilly, we begin to heat up our home - first a little and then a litte more. If we've got some physical weaknesses, they might tease our poor delicate bodies before winter comes. I've heard that we'll get a tough winter this year. They don't know for real, do they?
Here are a few natural "remedies", which might help you to ease your pain and strengthen your body, if you've got....

..... sore joints: try ginger and rosehip. Both are known for easing the osteoarthritis and other problems of the joints. There are substances in ginger which imitate aspirin, used in painkilling tablets. Rosehip is antibacterial and is fx used against rheumatoid arthritis.

..... migraine: try oily fish. The Omega-3 fatty acids in the fish help heart and blood vessels, so that the circulation functions in the best possible way. Oily fish also works anti-inflammatory = it diminishes inflammation, and according to research it eases pain in neck and shoulders.

 .....muscular pain:  try cherries. They contain substances which can block the muscular pain in the same way as some medicines. Studies of long distance runners show that they get less pain in the muscles, if they drink cherry juice before running.

.....stomach pain: try bananas (green are best) and cranberries. The bananas contain pectin, which forms a protective film around the stomach mucosa. The cranberry juice has shown that it is able to eradicate a part of the bacteria causing gastric ulcer.

.....headache: try coffee. Caffeine has an adstringent effect on the blood vessels, which have expanded,when our head hurts. But don't drink too much coffee, this might have the opposite effect!

 ..... bloated stomach : try yoghurt with live bacterial culture. The yoghurt keeps a balance in the intestinal bacterias and ease both stomach ache and the bloated feeling.

And now we can all go out enjoying the fresh October air..... 


Source September 2013: Ugebladet Søndag, News about your Health, Vivi Ahlström/ Marianne Arnvig, scientist professor Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson. 

photo Moesgård forest: grethe bachmann


Out on the prairie said...

very nice to see a few ideas to try, I need more cherries

Thyra said...

Hej Steve - are you rowing your pretty yellow kajak too much ?
But cherries taste good, that's a fine cure!

I've got another "cure" which is not as healthy, it's the most popular dessert here in DK for Christmas. Rice porridge mixed with whipped cream and chopped almonds, and with hot cherry sauce over it. "Rice a la Mande".
Then we put a whole almond in it, and he/she who gets the almond wins a gift. Traditional gift is a little marcipan pig with a red neck-ribbon.

Grethe ´)

Kittie Howard said...

Great info, Grethe, especially about the cherries. Love those goodies!

Thyra said...

Hej Kittie, yes isn't there an evergreen about cherries "Life is just a bunch of cherries" or something like that? And we can't even buy frech cherries now. I have been looking for them in the shops.
No cherries! But you can buy them conserved. And as a cherry-sauce - and as a cherry-liqueur!!

Grethe ´)