Sylvia from California Writes:
I have been dealing with chronic arthritis and fibromyalgia for years. Is there anything that I can add to my current lifestyle that will help? I hear there are many natural ways to help. What can I do?
Chronic aches and pains are a real challenge and can be debilitating for anyone. Just be encouraged that there are great natural solutions to be able to fight these conditions. First, chronic pain affects about 1 in 5 people in the US each year. This is a large statistic that makes it challenging for people complete daily activities and even enjoy social and family time. Physicians still don’t completely understand chronic pain and the constant cycle that goes with it. Therefore the standard pain medications work for some, but others are looking for natural methods to help support their current situation. I have compiled some of the top natural ways to help stop the pain naturally. They are fairly basic and simple. Remember that our lifestyle plays a large role in where our health will ultimately end up. We have to take responsibility for our choices each and every day. Here are the top tips:
1. Cod Liver Oil
This is the superstar. In one study patients with neck and back pain took 1200mg of fish oil for about 2 months. More than half the patients came off of their pain medications during the study!
2. Amino Activ (AminoActiv.com)
I have never seen such a powerful natural pain reducer and anti-inflammatory. This is University tested and found to be great for those with chronic pain and even acute injuries as with athletes. The reason I am a fan is because it utilizes homeopathic ingredients, real amino acids (proteins), and certain key enzymes that help break the inflammatory cycle.
This is found in grapes, berries, and red wine. Recent studies have found that it has strong brain protective effects, anti-cancer benefits, as well as breaking the pain cycle.
Known as cold therapy. Many have used this for centuries as helping manage pain. Now there are even cryotherapy spa’s popping up around the country.
People who are in excellent aerobic condition have less pain many studies have shown. When we exercise, we produce our own natural painkillers such as endorphins. If you are in pain, many physicians will suggest starting slowly and building up. “No pain, no gain” as Arnold used to say.
A recent study had patients using about 1300mg of turmeric a day and had noticeable pain relief. Using turmeric is a great way to spice up your cooking. The famous curry has been an Indian Cuisine staple for centuries.