Pain. What is your body telling you? How many of us have chronic pain? Frequent unexplained headaches, arthritis, joint and muscle pain not caused by injuries, back pain, and stiffness that doesn’t allow freedom of movement. This all causes us not to enjoy life as much as we would like and limits our activities. What if a couple of simple changes could reverse that? What if you could change one, two, or three things and get your freedom back? Would it be worth trying? Well here are 3 things that I have found are the easiest to do and have the biggest impact on chronic pain.
1. Water. Simple as that sounds, dehydration is the biggest contributor to chronic pain. Americans drink everything except water and that causes more problems than just pain. Those could be a subject for another time. But for now, start drinking water. Any is better than none, but you are also drinking toxic chemicals by drinking tap water. So I recommend filtered, reverse osmosis, and distilled, in that order. Add a pinch of good quality sea salt to help you absorb it. Start slowly and build up so your kidneys have a chance to adjust. Then watch miracles happen.
2. The next biggest cause of pain is unknown immune response to certain foods. Wheat is the most common culprit. I will be standing up calling a class and turn to bend and adjust something and find that I cannot move. Everything hurts! Then I remember that bagel that I ate for breakfast because I did not take time to make something better……. (insert favorite cuss word here!) Once I got wheat out of my system on a regular basis, I recognize why my body says ouch! According to my research the most common immune response activators are; gluten…especially in wheat, soy in all forms, eggs, dairy, corn (and now we have the GMO to be aware of), peanuts, and of course….sugar. Eliminating these from your diet and then adding them back one at a time will help you sort out which ones are causing you pain.
3. I can be sitting at my desk and go to get up and realize that I hurt all over. I glance at the clock and see that I have been sitting in the same position for 3 hours. No wonder I hurt. And we all do that in our own ways. We hurt so we slow down and don’t move so much which causes our muscles to stiffen so we slow down even more. What I have found is that if I make a habit of moving every hour, especially if I am sitting at my desk, I don’t hurt. So find a way to stretch and move as much as possible. Go for a walk and keep active. The more we move the better our body responds and the less pain we have for the long run. And that is what we are really looking for…..the long run. And the dance!