If you have chronic pain, chances are, you’re tired of chemical solutions. It seems that the side effects are worse than the pain. Well, that may be stretching a point. The pain is pretty overwhelming. Not much is worse. Still, there must be a solution, other than putting up with hair loss, increasing your risk of developing cancer and other illnesses, depression and more. You’ll want to follow doctor’s orders, of course. On the other hand, there are natural ways to ease chronic pain. Here’s a few that I use successfully.
Oh my goodness, I don’t mean to be a name dropper here. You’ll have to see if it works for you. Still, I always know when I don’t have my Bhakti Chai in the morning. The fresh pressed ginger it contains reduces my pain significantly. Now, you may not like my favorite tea. Still, incorporating fresh ginger into your diet may help with chronic pain, as it curbs inflammation naturally.
Hydration of the right kind
When my chronic illness first reared it’s ugly head, I was suffering greatly from fluid retention. My doctors feel it may have been partially due to my habitual soda pop consumption. Once I gave it up and started drinking more water, the swelling in my legs greatly improved. Of course, I will likely always have Lupus and Rheumatoid, no matter how much water I drink. Plus, giving up pop isn’t the only lifestyle change I’ve made since being diagnosed.
Massage and remaining active
Writing is a fairly sedentary career choice. I’ve had to break my writing time up into segments throughout the day to keep pain at bay. Remaining active helps my circulation. It keeps fluid from settling in one place, which causes extreme pain and inflammation. I also make it a point to massage my legs daily, while applying lotion or have someone else massage them for me. This serves the same purpose as remaining active.
Avoiding inflammatory foods
I’ve been a vegetarian for many years. Once my doctors suggested that I avoid foods that are known to cause inflammation, I became vegan. Why? Well, most of the items were things I didn’t eat anyway, such as processed and red meat, sugar and trans-fats. However, dairy products really stood out on that list for me. I was a die hard cheese lover. It didn’t take much thought to see the problem there. Sure enough, once I kicked the cheese habit, I felt much better and experienced far fewer painful days.
Avoiding chemical laden foods
Another thing mentioned on the linked list above was artificial food additives. I never have been much for processed foods. Now, I’m even more careful to stick to a diet that’s as close to nature as possible. So, when I do eat the occasional snack, I make sure I know that it’s chemical free, GMO free and organic.
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