cheap + easy + relaxing =
Epsom salt baths

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Healthier Choices, Holistic Pain Relief, Wellness | 0 comments

Epsom Salt BathsHolistic pain relief can take many forms. In my years as a massage therapist, I’ve explored a wide variety of alternatives. By explored I mean both tried these methods myself, and recommended them to clients. Lately I find myself recommending Epsom salt baths to friends and clients on a regular basis. There are so many options for pain relief, but taking a warm bath with naturally pain relieving stuff in it is one of the most satisfying options. No side effects, just relief!

What’s the best way to try this? You only need a few ingredients:

  • Epsom salts (2 cups)
  • Baking soda (1 cup)
  • Tub with warm or nearly hot water (to your own temperature preferences)

The following ingredients are optional, but can be wonderful if you’d like to try:

  • Essential oils
  • Bentonite clay
  • Powdered ginger

So what is it about Epsom salt that’s helpful for pain relief? They’re actually magnesium sulfate. As I’ve mentioned before, Americans are woefully deficient in magnesium. While getting enough magnesium from food sources is ideal, that’s not the only way. You can absorb magnesium through your skin, including while soaking in the bath.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, plus it’s anti-inflammatory—both positives for holistic pain relief.

Simply fill up your tub with water (as hot as you can safely enjoy), adding the two ingredients and soak for 15-20 minutes. There’s no real benefit in a longer soak, plus the water starts to get chilly.

About the optional ingredients—you may find some benefits but it’s up to you whether you add them to the bath. Essential oils like lavender will add to your relaxation and possibly help you sleep. Bentonite clay can up the detoxification effects of the bath. Powdered ginger spice (yes, I got mine at the grocery store) is also anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

While these are all readily available ingredients and likely to have no side effects, if you’re living with any chronic or acute conditions you should discuss regular use of Epsom salt baths with your health care provider.

Happy soaking and here’s to pain relief!

 

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oxytocin (the love hormone)
conquers all

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Holistic Pain Relief, Women in Pain | 0 comments

My friend and fellow author Aubree Deimler wrote today’s blog. She’s taken everything she’s learned from living with endometriosis, and from her training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and created PeaceWithEndo.com. You may not have pelvic pain, but this information about oxytocin applies to all of us looking for holistic sources of pain relief.

The Healing Powers of Oxytocin

Puzzle of LoveI listened to Dr. Christiane Northrup speak awhile back and something that she said made my ears perk up. She mentioned the hormone oxytocin and how it is the true fountain of youth hormone.

“Pay attention to this”, she said.

How had I never heard of oxytocin a.k.a. the love hormone?

I found out that oxytocin is produced in your hypothalamus and stored and secreted by your pituitary gland. It acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain.

Turns out this molecule is super powerful and arguably all healing. Here’s why…

Oxytocin has anti-inflammatory properties. So when it is released in your body it helps with cramps, headaches, and overall body aches.

Oxytocin has been shown to reduce cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is the “stress” hormone, which can cause all kinds of havoc in your body. The release of oxytocin follows with feelings of calm 🙂

Oxytocin is also helpful in overcoming depression and anxiety.

Interestingly enough, oxytocin receptors have been found in your digestive tract. Therefore, it helps improve digestion through improved gut mobility and decreased gut inflammation.

More oxytocin means less cardiovascular stress and an improved immune system.

As I gathered this information I could definitely see why Dr. Northrup spoke of oxtytocin with the suggestion to pay attention to this hormone!

How to Get More Oxytocin

Inevitably the question follows…. So how do we get more oxytocin?

Turns out its pretty simple. Your body releases oxytocin when touching is shared. This can come in the way of a hug, kiss or a simple handshake.

This touch causes your brain to release low levels of oxytocin both in yourself and the person that you are touching. With this connection, oxytocin levels help create a sense of trust.

When your body is sexually aroused or excited then oxytocin levels increase in your brain significantly. With orgasm your brain is flooded with oxytocin!

I understand that for many of us with endometriosis that sex and/or orgasm can be painful. But no need to fret, there are plenty of other ways that we can increase our oxytocin levels.

Simply watching an emotional movie can compel oxytocin release as can singing in a choir, doing karaoke with a crowd or dancing! Playing or cuddling with pets can cause oxytocin levels to increase too.

Another way to increase oxytocin is by verbally expressing your love for all the ones in your life: “I love you!”

Oxytocin is the love molecule but part of its evolved biology comes from the fact that you have to put it out there to get it back.

Because of this energy exchange, giving gifts to others can increase oxytocin levels.

Another way to give to receive is with focused meditation on others. Putting forth positive, focused energy to those in our life that we care about creates a ripple that returns to us with increased oxytocin and yes…. LOVE 🙂

On the Positive Side? 

I shared with my husband the power of oxytocin, and its become something we joke about now and again. We both recognize just how powerful this hormone is to calm down tension between the two of us.

Have you ever paid attention to how sometimes a hug makes the stress and anxiety melt away (at least for a moment)? Sometimes all it takes is my husband’s arms around me to make everything better.

I love how oxytocin spreads with the spread of the “L” word. When we give, we truly do receive. Oh by the way I LOVE you dear reader 🙂

I hope this information inspires you to give up some hugs today and share some love.

Yes, love indeed conquers all.

 

More about Aubree:

When Aubree was 29 years old she was officially diagnosed with endometriosis. She realized that she did not want to treat it with drugs or surgery. Instead she took an alternative road on a journey to whole healing – on a physical, emotional and spiritual level… and the rest is history.

As a certified holistic health coach and founder of Peace With Endo, Aubree is deeply passionate about wellness and inspiring other women with endometriosis to reconnect with a life filled with love and positive rhythms. 

Aubree is available for speaking events on the subjects of nutrition, healthy lifestyle, stress management, and overcoming suffering.

 

 

 

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think you can get away with eating wheat?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Gluten Free, Holistic Pain Relief, Why Organic? | 1 comment

I’m back from a wonderful vacation and I am PISSED. Not at you, dear readers. I am angry at Monsanto, Roundup, and all the farmers using it. This isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way and it’s probably not the last.

Wheat 300 pxRoundup is so noxious that it changes our produce INSIDE, not just on the surface. That’s the reason why I encourage you and everyone to eat organic produce. But there’s more to it than our produce choices!

As I talk with clients, friends, and you about how holistic pain relief relates to gluten people ask me WHY? Why has wheat and gluten become a problem in the last 10-15 years? Just like these folks, don’t you also wonder why wheat-based foods didn’t bother you as a kid, but now you’re sensitive to gluten and wheat?

I’ve always answered that it’s because today’s wheat isn’t the same as the wheat from 30-50 years ago. That’s not wrong, but now I see it’s incomplete.

You can read the whole article (with links and sources at the bottom of her page) here:

Let me summarize briefly for you:

During the 1990s, conventional (non-organic) wheat farmers started drenching their crops with Roundup (a common pesticide called glyphosate) just before harvest. This practice increases yield (makes them more money) and makes the harvesting process easier.

Roundup and glyphosate are banned in quite a few countries in Europe. Not just on wheat but on all crops.

In 2013 a study was done connecting glyphosate and the incidence of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. The increase in use of glyphosate is followed exactly by the incidence of these two health conditions. (And remember they are connected strongly to chronic pain!)

If that doesn’t make you mad enough. Here’s the next consequence:

“Roundup significantly disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and contributes to permeability of the intestinal wall and consequent expression of autoimmune disease symptoms,” says The Healthy Home Economist.

When your gut bacteria is out of balance, you’re more likely to have a variety of medical issues including those related to chronic pain. (Here’s just one study as an example: http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/47/8/1223.short)

Again quoting The Healthy Home Economist, “The effects of deadly glyphosate on your biology are so insidious that lack of symptoms today means literally nothing. If you don’t have problems with wheat now, you will in the future if you keep eating conventionally produced, toxic wheat!”

Are you pissed now too? Please visit the entire article and read the details, as well as her suggestions on how to avoid glyphosate in your food choices. And definitely share this information with family, friends, and in social media.

 

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my book is now published

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Holistic Pain Relief, Kick Pain in the Kitchen | 0 comments

Kick Pain in the Kitchen: Holistic Pain Relief You Can Eat is now available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. You may choose from paperback, Kindle, iBooks or Nook versions. You’ll also find e-book rentals at OysterBooks.com and Scribd.com.

Kick Pain in the KitchenWhat an experience it is to write a book! I am humbled by the wonderful feedback I’ve received, both in the Amazon reviews and in person. With over 100 million people living in chronic pain (just in the U.S. alone), I hope my everyday ideas offer hope and empowerment to you and your loved ones.

“I will definitely recommend Kick Pain in the Kitchen to my patients: Those who are looking to avoid pharmaceutical treatment and those who want to combine western medicine with alternative therapies.“ ~ Jane A. Swartz, ARNP, MSN, Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner

  • Do you wish for realistic, holistic tools, which will minimize your pain and make you confident in your body?
  • Have you struggled to meet life’s demands because managing chronic pain takes so much time and effort, leaving you exhausted?
  • What would life be like if you could minimize your pain and dedicate the extra energy you’d gain to your goals?

Based on the author’s experience as a massage therapist, holistic health and pain relief coach, and woman in pain, Kick Pain in the Kitchen: Holistic Pain Relief You Can Eat offers you a holistic approach to pain relief that can be integrated with many other treatment plans. It’s full of straightforward, every day steps that anyone can start using right away.

Your path to health and pain relief starts in your kitchen and supermarket cart! The book educates you about why healthy, whole foods based, pain relieving changes can help, while giving you a practical game plan structured through the meals of the day.

Kick Pain in the Kitchen is part informational, part inspirational, and part practical. You’ll finish the book with plenty of options and a new focus on healthy habits to relieve your pain naturally.

 

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nutrients for holistic pain relief: part three

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Healthier Choices, Holistic Pain Relief, Wellness | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, we talked about the benefits of magnesium for holistic pain relief. Last time we discussed the role Vitamin D plays in pain and pain relief. Today’s post is all about the benefits of turmeric for holistic pain relief.

If you’ve lived with chronic pain for long enough, you probably heard someone talking about turmeric. Getting advice (whethTurmeric Root and Powderer you asked for it or not) is a big part of living with chronic illness and pain. You might ignore the latest great idea, but don’t ignore turmeric. Because, hey, even doctors are talking about turmeric as a natural remedy for pain relief.

In fact, a physician writing for Time Magazine recently quoted a study conducted at the University of Arizona. The researchers investigated the way turmeric works with joint inflammation, and found that turmeric turns down inflammation by blocking production of the protein that turns on the gene that tells tiny blood vessels to grow.

My first experience with turmeric was when I started doing massage for athletes. Some of my clients told me about Tissue Rejuvenator, a product that contains turmeric and many other natural pain-relieving substances. I used this product for a few years, and still think it’s terrific! (And I receive absolutely no compensation from Hammer Nutrition to tell you this.)

Turmeric may be new to you, but it’s been used medicinally for over 4,000 years. Its active ingredient is called curcumin and is a relative of ginger (another great natural pain-reliever). You can buy turmeric in capsules, in tinctures (liquid) and also in its whole root form. You can take powdered turmeric and make a tea. I know some folks who grate fresh turmeric root into their cooking, and even add it to smoothies.

Be aware that more turmeric isn’t always a good thing in cooking. The flavor it imparts is quite earthy, and can overwhelm other elements in the dish. If you really want to ingest a large quantity, you may find it easier to do in a capsule form.

As with all supplements, please have a conversation with your health care professional before beginning a turmeric regimen. Turmeric has some capabilities, including blood thinning, that need to be assessed in light of your body and your life.

But if you’re looking for a well-researched natural supplement for pain relief, turmeric is a good place to start!

 

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