Natural pain relievers reduce posthike aches—and taste a lot better than
ibuprofen. "Eating these foods after a hike will help alleviate the soreness you
built up that day," says Tara Gidus, a sports dietitian for the NBA's Orlando
This fish packs lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies have shown equal
ibuprofen when it comes to reducing inflammation. Recent studies at the University
of Pittsburgh and in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine reported
that omega-3s relieved joint pain and alleviated muscle soreness after strenuous
Edible first aid Combine a pouch with mayo or add it to pasta.
All berries pack inflammation-busting antioxidants—but tart cherries kick
it up a notch. The British Journal of Sports Medicine found that downing
apple-cherry juice (equivalent to 100 whole cherries) after exercise reduces
muscle pain and limits strength loss. Translation: More power to hammer up the
trail the next day. Edible first aid Toss dried tart cherries into oatmeal and
Practitioners of Indian Ayurvedic medicine have been treating aches with this
spice for millennia, and recent animal research backs up its healing reputation.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance that blocks the enzymes that cause inflammation.
Experts think the spice improves muscle recovery and soothes inflamed joints
after exercise—great news for hikers with achy knees. Edible first aid Add to curry or sip tea (steep a teaspoon
of the spice in hot water).