Let’s face it. At some point in your life you will suffer with physical pain. If you are lucky, you will take something and be on with your day. If you are not lucky, it can control or even ruin your life.
I see people in my office every day in pain. Some have a simple solution while others are far more complex. In this article, I have put together three things that can help in pain reduction. The best thing about them is that you can do it yourself!
- Omega III Fatty Acids (fish oil) There are many studies showing the benefits of fish oil. It is known that this helps fight inflammation, help prevent inflammatory diseases such as heart attacks and arthritis. What many don’t know is that is also essential to the brain and can impact behavior and cognitive function. Other benefits are:
- Improves artery health by reducing plaque
- Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
- Improves bone health
- Improves skin health
- Improves menstrual health
- Helps reduce cancer
How much do you need to take? Most studies say someone should take between 2000-3000 mg/day.
2. Vitamin D Mayo Clinic research shows a correlation between low vitamin D levels and pain. The study found that patients who had low vitamin D levels needed twice the pain medication as those who had normal levels. Other benefits of vitamin D are:
- Immune system regulator
- Beneficial for auto immune conditions (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, etc)
- Helps maintain normal body weight
- Helps lower cancer risk
- Low levels of vitamin D may increase heart attack risk
How much vitamin D do you need to take? I would first recommend to have your levels checked. Someone who is deficient will need more than one who is not. As more and more scientific evidence emerges, confirming that currently recommended daily allowances (RDA) of vitamin D are grossly insufficient for young and old alike. I like to see levels in the 40-100 range. If you are in this range, 2000 IU/day. If it is lower than this, more is needed. I also prefer emulsified D.
3. Anti Inflammatory Diet We eat a lot of foods that cause inflammation in our body. If we are consistently feeding our body things that are inflammatory to it, cause constant, chronic pain. One of the easiest and least expensive things someone can do to reduce their pain is an anti inflammatory diet. There are many of them out there to choose from. The one I like is an elimination diet to isolate the food or foods that are inflammatory to the individual. Just know that any food can be inflammatory to any individual and what may be inflammatory for one may not be for another. This is why I feel an elimination diet is good. Another option that I like is the paleo diet.
If you suffer from pain, try these things. You may be pleasantly surprised.