I want to personal thank you for participating in the survey Discover the 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Sufferers of Chronic Inflammatory Pain When Trying to Treat it Naturally
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The results are in, and as promised, I would like to share the results with you!
The third highest challenge facing sufferers of chronic inflammatory pain when trying to treat it naturally is finding natural treatments that really work. What are those? I will share the Big 3 natural treatments that really work with you, right here, right now, so keep reading!
The Big 3
Sara* walked into my office with swollen joints from her head to her toes. She was in her 40s and this is not how she expected life to be. She loved her work but the pain it caused in her hands was unbearable. Beyond that, her energy was gone, and fatigue hung over her day by day. What could she do? The Rheumatologist has referred her to me for an anti-inflammatory diet program. What did Sara hear? She heard what I am sharing with you in this email.
When it comes to treating inflammation naturally there are Three Biggies that we need to pay attention to:
1. Diet: A true anti-inflammatory diet will avoid all foods that are causing you inflammation. Basically, an anti-inflammatory program will include a large amount (at least ½ the meal) of fruits and vegetables (these are the powerhouses for fighting inflammation). Grains need to be whole grains (no white, unbleached, degermed, enriched, refined flours or starches). Any grain that you already know to be problematic for you, should be avoided. Fat should be kept as low as possible. When fat is used, whole fats are best tolerated in small amounts, such as 2-4 Tablespoons nuts or seeds, ¼ avocado, 5 olives. I highly recommend leaving off dairy completely as it is also very inflammatory. If meat is used, use it as a condiment or garnishing. Those who stay off all animal products have the best results.
2. Hydration: Staying hydrated will improve blood circulation, nutrient uptake, assimilation, and distribution of nutrients. We need 5-10 cups of water or herbal tea a day to stay hydrated. There are liquids that rob us of proper hydration. These would include coffee, tea and energy drinks. Research has shown us while coffee is America’s number one source of antioxidants, it is only so because American’s do not eat very many fruits and vegetables which are loaded with antioxidants in considerable higher amounts than in coffee. Coffee has been shown to restrict blood flow to the brain by 40% with just one cup. This is not helpful for inflammation, in fact, it makes it worse, because it stimulates cortisol which increases inflammation. The best liquid is water and caffeine-free herbal teas.
In the third email, I will give you a drink recipe that can help fight fatigue.
3. Exercise: To fight inflammation we need good circulation and to have good circulation we need to move. When we sit or lie down, we move 1 gallon of oxygen a minute. When we exercise, we increase the oxygen transfer to 26 gallons a minute. You may have to start with just two minutes at a time. That is okay. If you move two minutes every hour during waking hours, you could get in 30 minutes of exercise throughout the day. As you feel better you can increase the time and before you know it, you will have in 60 minutes of activity done during the day. If you can get outside in the fresh air while you exercise that would be even better. Exercise also produces endorphins so get your daily dose of happy brain medicine by moving more!
I will share the second highest result in my next blog and will give you Sara’s results in the third blog.
*This is her real name and it is used with permission.
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