Cures for Common Aches and Pains

Dr. Oz reveals his tricks of the trade for relieving 3 common aches and pains.

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Muscle Spasms

From charley horses to toe cramps, a simple way to prevent different muscle spasms is to increase the amount of potassium in your diet; potassium is a mineral that helps maintain the normal function of your heart and nervous system. Potassium-rich foods include: tomatoes, bananas, beets, spinach, lean turkey and beef, beans, and dried fruits like raisins, apricots and dates.

Dehydration is another cause of muscle spasms. Drinking more water can ease cramping, and giving your water a boost with this natural electrolyte recipe (/videos/electrolyte-water-recipe) is even better.

Inflamed Joints

Ginger is a traditional medicine of India used to treat people with arthritis and a recent study found that highly concentrated forms of ginger helped reduce inflammation pain. Fresh or powdered ginger, added to teas or meals, is a great herbal treatment for sore or inflamed joints.

Ginger is also a natural metabolism booster. It aids in digestion and can increase your body temperature and metabolic rate as much as 20% after eating. Slice fresh ginger and stir-fry it with vegetables for an energy-invigorating meal.

Brain Freeze 

Whether your spooning in ice cream or guzzling ice water, the intensely sharp pains of brain freeze can be unbearable. The headache of brain freeze is caused when nerves on the roof of your mouth dilate due to sudden cold. And although it only lasts a minute or two, warming the roof of your mouth with your tongue or thumb can shorten the discomfort of brain freeze.