Got Pain? There's a Food for That

The Medicine Cabinet in Your Kitchen

Searching for chronic-pain relief is an ongoing challenge. While traditional painkillers can provide you with a needed break, ongoing use of pain medication can leave you with permanent damage to your stomach and other organs.


Luckily, there are some foods that act as natural—and stomach-friendly—pain-relieving alternatives. Whether you’re fighting headaches, joint pain or another nagging ailment, consider adding these seven foods into your diet to fight pain naturally.

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