Natural pain relievers may be the answer to helping you become less dependent on your pain medication or give them up entirely. While these ideas won’t work for everyone, they are easy to try, and hopefully one will work for you. Here are several ways to combat pain naturally.
RELEASE YOUR INNER ENDORPHINS.
Endorphins are the body’s natural pain relievers, and they can be as strong as many pain relievers. Endorphins also help alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression, conditions that often accompany and exacerbate chronic pain. Any activity that gets your blood pumping for a sustained period will release pain-relieving endorphins into your system.. so exercise!!
EAT FOODS WITH RESVERATROL.
Scientists have shown that this powerful compound blocks the enzyme that is responsible for tissue degeneration. It is possible that foods high in resveratrol will slow down disc degradation and the skin of grapes has high amounts of resveratrol so have a glass of red wine!
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS.
10-15 minutes of sun exposure a day can help the body produce vitamin D. People who got the recommended daily 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D experienced less pain than those who didn’t.
IMAGINE YOURSELF IN A BETTER PLACE….MEDITATE.
Guided imagery allows you to hear and internalize therapeutic suggestions that help you feel better. Daydream about spending the day on the beach!
Tumeric, Ginger, Capsaicin, Vitamin B and Vitamin C are just a few of the Vitamins and Supplements that could decrease your pain.
Diet is a critical factor in controlling inflammation and improving circulation, thus reducing pain. Avoid pro-inflammatory, processed foods such as refined sugar and grains, fried foods, and dairy. Instead, emphasize nutrient-dense whole foods, healthy fats, and lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables to reduce chronic pain and support flexibility.
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to treat pain and other conditions. Numerous studies have shown acupuncture to be quite effective.
Massage has become an art with many techniques and methods. The results combine muscle relaxation with improved circulation, reduction of stress hormones, endorphin release and other relaxation benefits.
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