Did you know one-third of American adults are on pain medications?
Why are we in so much pain?
Pain is the body’s response to something not right in the body. Inflammation is created, causing pain, redness, swelling, joint stiffening, etc.
Pain never comes without a cause. If you want to be pain-free, you must get to the bottom of why you are in pain in the first place.
God has given us Ten Essentials of Health to keep us healthy and happy. If we are willing to change some basic health choices, we can live with a whole lot less pain in our life.
Let’s take a look at a few simple and inexpensive natural remedies you can put into action right now.
1. Eat a plant-based diet. Plants are loaded with phytochemicals, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals that help fight inflammation and other markers that cause pain.
2. Drink only water. Water is the body’s preferred beverage of choice. If you do not like water, try adding a squeeze of lemon, lime, orange, or ginger into the water to help it be more palatable for you.
3. Sleep well. Those who get less than 7 hours of sleep or more than 9 hours of sleep tend to have increased inflammation and therefore more pain.
4. Move More. “But I am in pain,” you say. Move what does not currently hurt. Take more steps; do sitting or standing exercises. Walk back and forth on your porch holding on to the railing, or get out in the sunshine and fresh air, turn on some music and start “directing the band” from your chair, if standing is not possible right now. Maybe all you can do is clap your hands, then start clapping and praising the Lord you can clap your hands.
5. Stress less. I recently attended a seminar about stress, this is what I heard (read to the end). "A number of years ago a prestigious medical university was doing stress tolerance testing. They wanted to find out how much stress human beings could handle. How much pressure can we take without breaking?
They took a lamb and put it in a pen so they could see the lamb, but the lamb could not see out. These researchers placed fourteen different feeding stations in the pen. Then the researchers hooked up electrodes to the feeding stations. As the lamb went over to a feeding station and began to eat, the researchers shocked the lamb.
Anxiously the lamb began to run. He went to another feeding station and started eating, but was shocked again. The lamb nervously twitched and bolted. He began running around the pen looking for a secure place to eat. Finally, they shocked this lamb at every single feeding station. The lamb was so nervous and so anxious; it was so stressed that it stumbled into the center of the pen, began to quiver, had a nervous breakdown and died. The load of anxiety was too great.
The researchers then took the lamb's twin and put it into the same pen. But, there was one difference. They put the lamb's mother in the pen with him. The little lamb went to the first feeding station and started eating. The researchers shocked the lamb. What do you think the lamb did? Looked up at mother and went "Bah! Bah!" And mama went "Bah! Bah!" And that little lamb did not run from the first feeding station, but kept eating. The researchers shocked the little lamb again and the lamb looked up and said, "Bah! Bah!" and Mother said, "Bah! Bah!" and the lamb kept eating. The researchers shocked the lamb again.
This time the little lamb went over to mama and the mama sheep whispered something in little lamb's ear. Now this is where the scientific research broke down. They are not quite sure what mama sheep said to the little lamb. But anyway, little lamb ran back and ate exactly where she was eating before. What's the difference? The first lamb had no place to run. The second lamb had the security that there was somebody there. Someone who could bear the burdens." Illustration given by Beth Kaffenburger.
In this world, we cannot go it alone. We need God and each other. In our Start A New YOU! Program we cover ten natural ways to beat pain. Together we can make a difference!
Do you want your health back?