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How Dairy Can Make Pain and Inflammation Worse

Dairy can make pain and infammation worseMost people think of cows when they think of dairy, and rightly so because most of the dairy on the shelves of Western grocery stores comes from cows in the form of milk, cheese, cream, butter, sour cream, and yogurt. However, there are also dairy products that come from other animals like goats, sheep, and camels that are available at some stores.

Dairy refers to the milk secretions that come from the udders of female animals, which is intended to feed their young, just as many human women nurse their babies.

There are two types of genes in cows called A1 and A2. Most conventional cows bred for dairy production in North America are A1 cows. There is speculation that the milk from A1 cows is harder to digest for some people than the milk from A2 cows. But the conventional system uses milk from A1 cows, mostly black and white Holsteins because they are easier to breed in large numbers to keep up with our high volume of milk consumption.

Why Can It Be Bad?

A lot of people think that dairy is a staple in a healthy diet, but the evidence is showing that this isn’t the case. In fact, the opposite might be true. Dairy could actually be harmful to your health. How?

There are many ways that dairy consumption can be bad for you. Humans actually lose the ability to properly digest the components in all species milked at the age of natural weaning, which is between the ages of 4-7 when you look at worldwide averages from the World Health Organization. This is because human infants are born needing to be able to properly digest their mother’s milk, and then lose the ability when they begin to eat solid foods regularly and no longer need their mother’s milk for survival.

There are many other things in cow’s milk that can be bad for a human to ingest. These include:

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9 Reasons to Use A Topical Pain Reliever

9 Reasons to Use a Topical Pain RelieverTopical pain relief lotions are made with natural ingredients that reduce pain, muscle tension, cramps, spasms, and even nerve pain. Many of Nature’s Ingredients, like Aloe Vera, Arnica, Chamomile, Tilia Cordata, Calendula, Coriander Oil, Willow Bark, etc. have natural chemicals in them that activate self-healing mechanisms from within the body. Some of the best topical relievers contain Emu Oil or Raspberry Seed Oil because these ingredients match the structure of the skin’s surface, allowing them to absorb through seven layers of skin. These transdermal properties of Emu Oil and Raspberry Seed Oil also give them the ability to carry other beneficial ingredients known to help with pain down to the very area that is hurting.

Many people just rely on painkillers or NSAIDs, but these come with a long list of possible side effects and warnings. Over time, you can also build up a tolerance to them, causing you to consume more pills daily or get a stronger prescription to feel any relief. This fact may have you looking for an alternate way to relieve your pain effectively and naturally. Even if you still take pills for relief, having one more source of worry-free pain relief is an amazing thing!

If you have ever wondered how a topical pain reliever could benefit your health, here are 9 reasons:

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4 Tips to Relieve Stress

Stress and PainThe effects of stress are well known on our mental and emotional wellbeing. However, an important side effect of excessive stress, that is often overlooked, is its impact physically on our bodies. That being said, stress and pain have a very close association with one another. In other words: stress causes pain AND pain causes stress.

Therefore, a huge component of pain relief is stress management. Our bodies tell our brains when we are in pain by sending signals through our nervous system. But, stress affects our nervous system too. The medical director of the Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Steven Stanos, DO, explains the only way we continue to function while in pain is due to our brain’s efforts of maintaining balance while receiving these pain signals. But unfortunately, when we’re stressed out our brain has a much more difficult time filtering through these signals and pain can increase. This stress-pain connection is something actively being researched but in the meantime it can be concluded that learning healthy ways to cope and minimize stress makes significant improvements in pain management.

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8 Natural Ways to Get Better Sleep

Natural Ways to Get Better SleepSleep is a critical part of our wellness and it plays a major role in our lives. I mean, you do it everyday, don’t you? But sleep disorders are a serious problem that can cause a rather vicious cycle, especially for those experiencing chronic pain. It has been revealed that pain is the top contributor to sleep disorders. In turn, disrupted sleep contributes to pain conditions. See the cycle? Luckily, there are many things you can do get better sleep at night:

  1. Stick to a schedule: Your biological clock thrives with consistency. Establishing a regular sleep schedule that has you wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday, all seven days of the week, improves your sleep immensely. Sticking to your body’s schedule optimizes the quality of your sleep, minimizes tossing and turning, and may even lead you to throw out your alarm clock!

  2. Stay away from the toxins: Stimulants, in all their forms, should be avoided if you’re concerned about your sleep routine. Nicotine and caffeine are only a couple of the widely used stimulants today. Smokers are approximately 4 times more likely to report not feeling well rested from a night’s sleep versus non-smokers. And caffeine, from all its sources, stays in your system approximately 8 hours. So you may want to consider quitting cigarettes and eliminating coffee after noon. Rewarding restful sleep may be worth the effort that it takes to make these changes.

  3. Journal:

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Herbs That Relieve Pain and Inflammation

Natural Herbs to Relieve Pain and InflammationHerbs are often forgotten when people think about health-promoting foods. This is a shame because they are so beneficial to our health. Each herb has its own beneficial qualities, and these work synergistically with other herbs and foods to allow the body to maintain optimal health. There are a few herbs that are especially beneficial to those with conditions such as Gout, runner’s knee, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, back pain, or Arthritis.

Herbs tend to have a cumulative effect on your body so the benefits of adding them to your diet can be slow to recognize. Meaning that they need to build up a little bit before you will see benefits. Some herbs can easily be added into your everyday cooking and they provide amazing benefits, while others are better used as a supplement. Following are just a few examples of exceptional herbs for dealing with pain and inflammation.

Garlic

Garlic is a well-known bulb that has been used for ages for its health promoting qualities. Garlic is an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce inflammation, as well as pain. It is best eaten raw in pesto sauce, homemade dressings, or other things. This is because the beneficial active ingredients in garlic are destroyed after it has been cooked. You can also make a garlic-infused oil to use topically in order to help with pain like those with Runner’s Knee or back pain might experience.

Cinnamon

A popular remedy for those with arthritis is to mix a little warm water with honey and cinnamon. People report reduced pain when they consume this drink. Cinnamon helps to reduce pain because of its prostaglandin-inhibiting effect.

Turmeric

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6 Exercises to Reduce Lower-Back Pain

Exercises to Reduce Lower Back PainWhile most of the time that we are in pain we want to rest, the remedy for back pain is quite the opposite. Moving is a much more beneficial way to alleviate back pain, but only through certain exercises that do not cause strain or worsen the problems. Exercises for the lower back especially are meant to strengthen your back, abdominal, and leg muscles. All of these muscle groups work together to support your spine, and using them properly can relieve back pain. While some exercises are great for this cause, others can do more harm than good. Below we have compiled exercises known to alleviate pain in the lower back, and which are safe for all ages. However, always consult your health care professional before doing any exercises to better gauge what is appropriate for the intensity and specifics of your pain's origin.

Back Extensions

Lie on your stomach with your hands positioned under your shoulders and your elbows pointed back. Push against the ground so your shoulders begin to lift. You may stay in this position, or if comfortable, you may put your elbows on the floor directly under your shoulders and hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.

Bird Dog

Begin on your hands and knees with your wrists lined up with your shoulders. Maintain a flat back by tightening your stomach muscles. Lift and extend one leg behind you, while keeping your hips leveled. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds. Lower the leg back down to the starting position and then switch legs. If comfortable, you may incorporate extending your opposite arm while your leg is stretched out straight behind you. For example when you extend your right leg back, lift your left arm straight in front of you. No matter what variation you do of this exercise, be sure to recognize if your lower back muscles begin to sag toward the ground. Adjust accordingly and only raise your limbs to the height where your back can comfortably remain flat. Alternating, do each side up to 8 times.

Wall Squat

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Turmeric: Nature's Ingredient

Turmeric There is a component of turmeric called curcumin, which has many benefits for the human body. Most notably it is used to ease pain and help reduce inflammation. People might use it to help with things like fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, Runner's Knee, Lupus, Gout and while recovering from an injury. These people might otherwise use non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) or over the counter pain relieving pills to help ease their pain. But these medications can actually contribute to a person’s overall inflammatory load and thus contribute to their pain. NSAIDs and over the counter pain relievers come with other risks as well such as damage to the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, and cardiovascular system. There are studies that show that curcumin can be a very real alternative to many medications.

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