Pain and what to do about it
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Pain can affect us in many ways. Joint pain, back pain, cuts, bruises, fractures, torn ligaments, systemic pain. Whatever way pain shows up in the body it’s never pleasant experience.
Pain is one of the many ways our body communicates to us. When it is a part of our body talk it can become hard to ignore. Forcing you to skip activities you enjoy and dampening your mood. Until you confront your pain, oftentimes it will just keep getting worse.
Chronic inflammation is behind pain.
Inflammation plays an important role in the body. When we are injured, our immune system inflames the area, which allows the body to heal. This is partly because inflammation makes it easier for nutrients to get into the injured area. However, sometimes we lack the nutrients to heal the area leading to chronic inflammation. Other times our immune system will set off an inflammatory response, attacking normal tissues in the body. Either way, our pain never dissipates.
AVOID INFLAMMATORY FOODS
About 70% of your body’s immune cells are found on your gut. When we eat foods that are inflammatory we can easily exacerbate our pain by triggering our immune response. Avoiding inflammatory foods is crucial to getting your pain under control. Common inflammatory foods are:
- Processed foods
- Vegetable oils
- Conventional meat
Addressing any food sensitivities is also vital to controlling inflammation. If you’re not sure what foods you are sensitive to, working with a qualified practitioner may be necessary.
ADD IN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS
We can use our diet to strengthen our immune system which in turn reduces inflammation/pain. Adding in anti-inflammatory foods gives your body the nutrients it needs to heal. Common anti-inflammatory foods are:
- Wild-caught salmon
- Bone Broth
- Green leafy vegetables
- Coconut oil
ADDRESS YOUR PAIN
Ignoring your pain won’t make it go away. Once you acknowledge your pain you can start to heal and find coping mechanisms. Be aware of how your pain is affecting your mood, and lifestyle. This awareness can help you take control of your pain instead of your pain controlling you.
While tweaking your diet will be the most effective way to manage pain, adding in other remedies can be helpful. Common remedies include:
- Alternating between heat and ice
- Deep tissue massage
- Epsom salt baths
- Essential oils
- Stay well hydrated
- Chiropractic care
If you struggle with chronic pain, don’t lose hope. There is a reason for your pain. Even if you have been told there is irreversible damage, making dietary and lifestyle changes can still have a positive impact on your overall pain levels.