We’ve talked about how chronic, systemic inflammation can be generated (see parts one and two of this series). And in part three we started to discuss what holistic pain relief solutions are available to us in our every day lives. In the last part of our series, we’ll talk about what we can CHANGE in our lives to create a more anti-inflammatory approach.
Please remember, these ideas are not meant to replace anything recommended by your personal physician. You should discuss the addition of any complementary therapies with your physician to ensure they are a good fit with your current treatment plan.
Hopefully you’ve started to add in some of our ideas from last time: vitamin D, anti-inflammatory herbs, meditation and even creativity! Take a minute and comment on what you’ve learned in this process, okay?
1. In your kitchen you have an array of options. But today’s typical pantry, fridge and dietary choices are full of inflammatory choices. Some of the biggest culprits are:
- Trans Fats (watch for “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” on ingredient lists)
- Sugar (this means all kinds of sweeteners including agave nectar and honey)
- Gluten (a protein contained in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, oats and used extensively in processed foods)
Consider starting to remove these inflammatory choices from your diet. Replace them with whole foods like vegetables, fruits, quinoa, organic meats, and dairy. You don’t have to make all the changes all at once. Just start reducing them, and the improvement in how you FEEL will help motivate you to keep going!
2. Increasing exercise has been studied in relation to inflammation. And the studies show that more exercise equals reductions in inflammation. The good news is that the studies don’t require huge amounts of exercise to show results. Nor does the exercise have to be extreme. It just needs to be moderate and consistent.
So what can you do today that moves your body more? Can you park farther away from your office or the shops? Can you walk up and down your stairs more often instead of grouping tasks together? Is there a way to get outside with your kids and run around with them for a bit?
3. Earthing is a concept that’s been part of human life forever. In its simplest form, earthing is the idea that we need to return to the habit of getting outside in our bare feet.
What Earthing connects is the nature of the earth to the nature of our bodies. The earth is an electrical object – almost like a big battery. It gains energy from things like lightning strikes and the sun. And then it puts energy out in waves. It’s actually these electrical waves that our bodies feel.
And our bodies are electrical beings as well. We are made of substances that conduct zillions of electrical impulses every day. It’s what makes us GO! These two things – the earth and our bodies – are meant to be connected. If you think back in history, people didn’t always have shoes or sleep in beds and houses. In fact, many places in the world don’t use these “modern conveniences” even today. This is a basic principle of Earthing – that connecting our bodies to the earth every day is a perfect system of charge and discharge, feed and clear.
So what do you do to take advantage of this idea? It couldn’t be simpler or cheaper. Just take your shoes off and sit, stand or walk with your skin connected to the grass, sand, dirt, or concrete every day. Find 5-15 minutes to do this consistently throughout your week. The results are amazing—this can reduce pain and inflammation. It can make you feel more peaceful and relaxed.
4. Reaching out to your family, friends and entire support network is vital to holistic pain relief. But sometimes it feels so challenging to explain what it’s like to live with chronic pain. Even though MILLIONS of people live with chronic pain every day, that doesn’t always mean that those closest to us understand our experience.
There are lots of great resources online to help explain chronic pain to our supporters. One of my favorites is The Spoon Theory at ButYouDontLookSick.com, written by a lupus patient. And if you’ve ever had those frustrating comments from others about “easy” things you could do to relieve pain, you might enjoy this article from The Huffington Post.
Share both with those your love and don’t be afraid to ASK for the help you need!
I truly hope that all four of these articles have given you a good start on practical steps for holistic pain relief. Will you take a moment to comment below and let me know you questions? I promise to use them as topics for the future. Thanks!
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