Inflammation pain is something nearly all of us have experienced at one time or another, especially if experiencing arthritis or back pain and finding natural inflammation pain relief for arthritis or back pain can sometimes seem impossible…but it’s not!
Arthritis and back pain can exhibit similar painful symptoms as the muscles and surrounding joints become inflamed, and it helps to know what is causing your inflammatory pain.
Your immune system is responding to an injury and/or disease, by providing you with inflammation. This is a normal process that is important for healing. On the other hand, not all inflammation is healthy for you.
If your inflammation pain becomes chronic, it can attack the normal cells of your body and the process that is supposed to heal your body, becomes self-destructive. It is now well known that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious health issues.
If you have arthritis, there are things that could be causing your pain to be worse on some days more than others. For example if you have gout, diet can certainly affect your gout attacks. So ask yourself what it is you are doing that is making your particular type of arthritis pain on certain days worse.
The inflammation surrounding injured or damaged discs, ligaments or muscles is excruciating to say the least! Yes, I know how painful a herniated disc can be…I’ve had one.
So first of all, before you can go treating your inflammation, you need to know what is causing your back pain. There are a few different categories that back pain can fall into, such as congenital conditions, mechanical pain, infections and injuries.
- Congenital conditions include disorders like scoliosis (one of my aunts has this problem and she is in constant pain.)
- Mechanical pain – These are the vertebra, nerve root, facet joints and discs.
- Infections include those that stem from disease or tumors.
- Injuries – All injuries, either from sports or accidents of some kind.
So once you know what is causing your back pain, you can then start looking for natural solutions.
Now I am not anyone’s back surgeon and I do not have the qualifications to determine your cause or mode of treatment, but I can give you my own experience and how I have found back pain and inflammation pain relief.
Natural Inflammation Pain Relief
The first thing to do is look at your diet and especially your fluid intake. Are you drinking lots of water…not soft drinks laden with sugar…or caffeine…I mean real fresh water? Your body needs water to heal, flush out toxins, plump up discs and lubricate your joints.
If you are filling your body with soft drinks your arthritis and inflammation will not ease.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Foods to Eat
What about your foods? Do you know there are anti-inflammatory foods? You can find them in protein foods, fruits and vegetables, oils and fats, and many spices.
- Protein foods – Fish, chicken, nuts, seeds and tofu.
- Fruits and vegetables – You may have heard of berries for treating or reducing arthritis and inflammation pain. I have heard of some people having excellent results from drinking fresh berry juices and eating a handful of strawberries daily. (Others say they haven’t…but their diet isn’t perfect. The soft drink they drink undoes any good.)
- Healthy Oils and Fats – One you would be familiar with is found in cold water oily fish…your Omega 3’s. This natural, wonderful fatty acid is just that…wonderful. Then you have olive oil and avocados. Plus, beans, seeds and nuts.
- Spices – Spices that are anti-inflammatory include, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger.
As far as possible my diet is now filled with delicious foods that fight inflammation.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Foods to Avoid
It is also important to decrease your intake of foods that cause inflammation. Highly processed foods that can cause inflammation include:
- Simple Carbohydrates – Carbohydrates that are quickly digested, known as simple carbs, such as sugar and sugary snacks, should be avoided.
- Unhealthy Oils – Foods containing vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated oils, and polyunsaturated oils, such as soy, corn, safflower and sunflower oils.
- Read The Labels – It may be difficult to know if you are eating any of the foods above, which is why you need to read the food labels. If you’re not sure, stick to raw unprocessed ‘whole’ foods. Food that are labeled “raw” or “organic” can be seen as good foods to add to your anti-inflammatory diet.
Foods that are classed as junk foods or full of sugar, or foods that are highly processed, contain no healthy ingredients and are therefore useless when it comes to helping heal your body! It is very likely these foods are causing you more harm than good, and only adding deposits to your system that is making the pain worse.
There are natural supplements and holistic solutions for treating arthritis and back pain and muscle inflammation. I was recently sharing with someone how I did a lot of research trying to find a natural treatment – as surgery or prescription pain killers were not a natural option when I injured my back.
I found there are many natural ingredients and herbs that reduce inflammation, for both back pain and arthritis. For example:
- Bromelain– is extracted from pineapple
- Turmeric – known to reduce inflammation
- Papain – also been known to attack tumor cells.
So there you have a few natural solutions for treating your arthritis or back pain inflammation. Remember that inflammation can occur anywhere in your body, including your heart and is known as the silent killer.
Do you suffer with constant pain? Tell me your story in the comments below. Maybe together we can find a solution!
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