Chronic Pain

My Journey To Realizing What Living With Chronic Pain Meant For Me

How many times have you been shamed into doing something you knew would exacerbate your pain? Or felt guilty because you couldn't participate as much as you'd like, or slowed others down when you did? Pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone because you didn't want to disappoint? I'd hazard to say a lot. I know… Continue reading My Journey To Realizing What Living With Chronic Pain Meant For Me

Chronic Pain

10 Over-The-Counter Supplements To Reduce Inflammation And Pain

Inflammation can occur in response to trauma, illness and stress. But it can also be caused by unhealthy foods and lifestyle habits. Anti-inflammatory foods and spices, as well as exercise, good sleep hygiene, and stress management can help. In some cases, getting additional support from supplements may be useful as well. Here are 10 supplements that have been shown to… Continue reading 10 Over-The-Counter Supplements To Reduce Inflammation And Pain

Chronic Pain

Can Spices Help Reduce Inflammation And Pain?

I'm asked all the time, "What natural remedies are available to help my pain?" Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection, often causing localized redness, swelling, pain, or heat. This may then lead to loss of function in the involved tissues. Acute inflammation is a protective and localized response to issues such as… Continue reading Can Spices Help Reduce Inflammation And Pain?

Chronic Pain

Foods That Prevent Inflammation

Last week I discussed how what we eat affects the bodies inflammatory responses and can ultimately decrease our pain. Now let's talk about specific foods thought to help achieve this goal. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are pain-safe foods that virtually never contribute to arthritis, headaches, or other painful conditions. These include: rice, cooked green, orange or yellow vegetables,… Continue reading Foods That Prevent Inflammation

Chronic Pain

Certain Foods May Worsen Pain

Something as simple as changing your diet may help decrease your pain.  A 2015 study found that people eating a whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet significantly decreased their osteoarthritis pain—in just two weeks. By the end of the six-week study, they reported more energy and better physical functioning, too. Another study found that a high-fiber diet lowers the… Continue reading Certain Foods May Worsen Pain