5 Ways to Ease Pain and Inflammation
A large part of the pain we experience in our bodies is due to inflammation. Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease are all caused either directly or indirectly by inflammation. And, these are just a few.
How do we fight back against all the inflammation? And, how do we do that without expensive doctor visits and expensive medications that sometimes come with side effects that are less that ideal?
There are a number of things we can do, but let's start with what I consider my Top 5. These are the top areas I look at regularly and address in my own life to ease inflammation.
1. Eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods. There are a number of foods that are anti-inflammatory and will ease inflammation throughout the body. These include tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, nuts (particularly almonds and walnuts), fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna), and fruit (strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges).
2. Avoid or cut back on inflammatory foods. Some of these are red meat and processed meats, sodas and other sweetened drinks, fried foods, processed snack foods (chips, cookies, and crackers), and refined grains (white bread, white rice, and pasta).
3. Exercise. Just 20 minutes of walking a day can help to ease stiffness and inflammation in our joints. Not up to 20 minutes a day? Start at whatever you can manage and slowly work up to 20 minutes a day or more.
4. Manage stress and anxiety. While this isn't easy (and sometimes not 100% possible), there are ways to reduce how much we allow stress and anxiety to affect us. Rest and quiet, keeping a journal to write down your thoughts and feelings, spending time with friends and family, and turning off the news will help to ease and manage stress and anxiety.
5. And last, but certainly not least ... wear magnetic jewelry. The magnetic field created by the magnetic beads causes our smaller blood vessels to dilate or constrict. This process increases blood flow and suppresses inflammation.
If you wonder whether I have found these to help or not? My answer is a strong and resounding 'Yes!' They really do make a difference! I'm seeing my joint pain and stiffness decreasing and I notice a very real difference in how I feel -- both physically and mentally. These five are a real game changer!
Do you have any lifestyle practices that help you to ease pain and inflammation in your body so you feel your best? Let me know in the comments... I'd love to hear what works for you!
Talk to you soon!