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Pain and stress are intricately connected. When we suffer from temporary or chronic pain, it can cause stress as we try to go about our lives while enduring the constant ache. Stress can cause pain, as well. When we are always plagued by worry, negative thoughts, and anxiety, our muscles can suffer. Chronic tension is often the result, a painful and hard to shake-off state of continual rigidness.

Easing pain and stress is critical if you want to feel peaceful, at ease in life, and focused on essential things. Treating chronic pain with the help of a medical professional is one way to do so. You can schedule regular massages to relax, take long baths before sleep, and workout to release the stress of your day.

Food can be a therapeutic tool, as well. Although we may mistreat our bodies with poor food choices, researchers will tell you that the right food can significantly help the body. It is why treating pain and stress with superfoods is not a myth. The following are five superfoods you can use to ease pain and stress. 

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CBD

CBD is a distant cousin of marijuana, but this natural compound does not have psychoactive effects, unlike the latter. So there is no risk of getting high or overdosing with CBD. This natural compound works through the endocannabinoid system. The latter is a critical bodily function that manages vital structures such as pain, infertility, mood, sleep, and more through its receptors. 

CBD works by signaling the receptors and triggering a change in the body. As a result, researchers have noted the potential benefits this compound has to help with various chronic and mental health issues such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety. 

CBD can also treat pain thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Through its interaction with the cortisol hormone, CBD can help manage stress and infuse us with a sense of well-being. CBD comes in various forms. You can try edibles, oil tinctures, cannabis concentrates, balms, and more. 

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Ginger

Ginger has already made a name for itself as the go-to superfood to treat a sore throat. But fewer people may know about ginger’s health benefits as a potent painkiller. Studies have shown the potential this unassuming spice has to help patients with chronic knee pain. Patients who took ginger required less pain medication than before. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties as well. 

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Dark, leafy greens

Compared to a chocolate bar or a burger, dark, leafy greens are less than exciting. When you are stressed and eat for emotional reasons, you are more likely to turn to junk food than a spinach leaf. But dark, leafy greens contain the dopamine our body needs when we are feeling low. 

Dopamine is a natural chemical produced in the body that helps instill a sense of well-being and keeps us calm. Sometimes, when stress is overwhelming, our body needs external help to get a dose of dopamine, and that is where superfoods like dark, leafy greens can come in handy. 

Try adding baby spinach leaves to your salad next time you are making lunch. You can blend spinach leaves with a banana and berries first thing in the morning or have it as a side dish with salmon for dinner. 

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Oatmeal

Affordable, always available, and unassuming, oatmeal has been a staple for many of us growing up. It may not be as trendy as avocado or matcha, but this grain should always be a part of our kitchen. Oatmeal is rich in carbohydrates — a complex carb, without the added sugar. 

As researchers explain, carbs are essential for the brain because they help in producing serotonin. The latter is the happy chemical that works as a natural antidepressant. As stress can increase blood sugar, oatmeal benefits us thanks to its complex structure by stopping the body from enduring a higher rise in blood sugar.  

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Cherries

Cherries may not be as common as bananas or apples, but they should be because they are a superfood for combatting pain. These tiny fruits are loaded with anthocyanins — a type of antioxidant. In a study, researchers observed how patients who consumed cherries saw a reduction in their chronic inflammation. Researchers have also noted the fruit’s potential to lower arthritis pain. 

As an antioxidant, cherries help combat the free radicals in our body and neutralize them to help keep our skin bright and lower the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer. 

Final Thoughts

The best part is these superfoods are tasty, found in most grocery stores or online, and easy to snack on the go. Consider investing in an organic version of these superfoods for a chemical and toxin-free experience if you want to take your health to the next level. 

MamasHealth acknowledges that research on CBD and the effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system are rapidly evolving and the range of possible findings remains wide. MamasHealth makes no claims that CBD products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and recommends all individuals consult with their health care professionals prior to using CBD.