Natural Pain Management

If you experience pain on a regular basis, you are not alone. And whether it’s chronic and unmanageable or able to be treated with regular pain medications, it may be beneficial to consider other options. There are natural treatments that you can ingest as well as activities that are shown to heal and strengthen the body. Ginger, capsaicin from chili peppers, chamomile tea, turmeric, and the African herb Devil’s Claw have all been shown to be effective in relieving pain or inflammation. That said, whatever you decide to try, be sure to consult with your doctor to make sure these …

How to Start Each Day Off Right

Mornings can be the craziest time of the day. You have to get up and get ready for work. You have to get the kids up and get them ready for school. The rush may seem totally natural, but it may be setting a frenetic, catch-up-mode tone for the rest of the day. Why not try starting your mornings in a calm and quiet way? After you wake up, don’t reach for the phone. Instead, take some time to sip water or tea and look at the day outside. Or stay inside yourself and do some journaling, meditation, or self-affirmations. …

Breaking Down Your Chronic Pain

According to some statistics, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain which is considered to be bodily pain that lasts for more than three months. It commonly interferes with daily living including work and relationships. Often times, the pain is subjective and hard to diagnose via a medical condition. Therefore, it gets harder to treat effectively. This article lists four factors that could provide a productive framework to describe your chronic pain symptoms. They include physical, biological, psychosocial, and emotional factors. Thinking about your condition in relation to these areas may give you additional insight into your own …

Feeling the Pain of Stress

Research continues to show the detrimental effect that stress can have on our health. Stress over an extended period of time can make existing health problems worse, create bad habits, and increase cardiovascular risk, to name a few. A recent study found another negative affect of stress: it lowers the ability to withstand pain and can also increase pain intensity. Participants were much less able to modulate pain when feeling more stressed. It would be ideal to not feel any pain at all, but for most of us, this isn’t a reality. As a result, the researchers recommend reducing overall …

The Health Impacts of Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and whether or not you have a romantic love in your life, it’s still a wonderful opportunity to celebrate love for your family, friends, and most of all, yourself. This article is a fascinating look at the health impacts of items associated with Valentine’s Day. For example, it’s one of the most popular days for roses, but did you know that many are grown with pesticides? I did not. And that’s not only bad to keep in the house, but those chemicals are also very harmful to the workers who grow and harvest the flowers. What’s …