A few years ago I was in constant, throbbing pain. My lower back and hip would rank a 9 or 10 on the pain scale for days. The doctors I went to said I was too young to have anything wrong but likely figure skating for 15 years growing up didn’t help it…. They wanted to give me anti inflammatory and pain meds… i said no thank you!
Fast forward a few years when I learned I had herniated discs in my lower back that were pushing on nerves connected to my hip and the start of degenerative disk disease. But before my MRI revealed this, I’d already started taking action to reduce my pain so that I could at least function in my daily life.
One of the biggest game changers was cutting out inflammatory foods and drinks…and for many years I also went to chiropractors, massage therapists but the solutions were only temporary.
Now I know that back pain affects roughly 8 out of 10 people at least once in their lives (U.S. National Library of Medicine). And there are plenty more of us who just feel a little off, sluggish or tired. Inflammation is connected to all kinds of pain that many of us experience on a daily basis. Luckily, there are multiple ways to integrate anti-inflammatories into your life, from spices like turmeric which help me greatly as well as Glucosamine with Chondroitin. They are part of what makes up the cartilage in your body.
WHAT INFLAMMATION DOES TO YOUR BODY OVER TIME
However, chronic and persistent inflammation often damages the body, leading to many serious diseases or worsening the effects of existing chronic conditions including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- heart problems
- Crohn’s disease
Continued and unnecessary inflammation can also increase pain levels in daily life.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Even if you don’t have one of these exact issues, chances are that reducing your body’s inflammation will make you feel better than you do now. Here’s how to do it.
Choose high fiber foods, high-fiber diets combined with eating more healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats also helped people lose weight. Reach for more fruits and vegetables; the more colorful the better. Berries are packed with antioxidants, as are dark leafy greens. Peppers and tomatoes have also been shown to reduce inflammation, though as members of the nightshade family they can act as triggers for some people.
Add Ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon and cloves are all anti-inflammatory powerhouses. Same goes for onions and garlic. All of these are both delicious (for many) and will reduce inflammation. Add Omega-3s: These fatty acids help reduce inflammation. You’ll find omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish like salmon and sardines as well as leafy green vegetables, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax oil and ground flax seeds. Water: That’s right, water is helpful for flushing out toxins and irritants that cause inflammation.
MOVE YOUR BODY – AND CHILL IT OUT
Move: Regular exercise is an excellent way to prevent inflammation. If you sit most of the day, make sure to walk at least 30 minutes a day. Short, intense workouts a few times a week also help reduce and prevent inflammation over the long term. Just make sure to include recovery time for maximum benefit.
Release Trapped Negative Emotions
Negative emotions harm our bodies and it has been shown that chronic pain lasting more than 6 to 8 weeks is often time trapped negative emotions OR emotions that have not yet been brought to conscious awareness! I use Time Line Therapy (R) with clients to release negative emotions at root cause (anger, sadness, fear, hurt, guilt, depression etc..) and our pain paradigm technique for releasing emotions your feeling in the now…. Clients who do this leave my office with NO pain! and a plan on how to get rid of it if it returns. A breakthrough session lasting 4 hours is usually all it takes! Book yours today.
Yours in health, Lynn Thier, RHN
Master Practitioner of Time Line Therapy (R), NLP and Hypnosis!
Are you ready to make the necessary shifts to get the results you desire for yourself? I am here to help you!
Learning to make positive shifts, especially a shift in mindset are key to creating our best life. Our mindset affects every area of our lives ~ If we are struggling in our personal lives, it will ultimately affect our business, career and relationships. The techniques used truly is short term therapy with long term results.
Lynn has had several careers and a varied background in Social Services, Recruitment, Business and Sales as well as Health, Fitness & Nutrition for over 25 years. She specializes in services for Businesses providing NLP Trainings, Corporate Values Alignment, Increase Sales, Weight Optimization & Fat Loss, Sport Performance, Chronic Pain, Quit Smoking, Releasing Negative emotions such as Anger, Sadness, Depression, Anxiety, Fear, Stress & PTSD.