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How Berries Can Help Fight Pain and Inflammation

How Berries Help Fight Pain and InflammationMost people can easily identify what a berry is at the grocery store or on a berry bush. They are delicious little bursts of flavor that grow on bushes and small plants close to the ground. They are usually brightly colored and are often round in shape. There are many varieties of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, black currants, red currants, gooseberries, and elderberries. There are other, more obscure varieties, but these are the ones most common in our North American culture.

Berries are traditionally eaten raw, cooked down and preserved with sugar as a jam or jelly to be eaten in the winter months, or baked into pies and other desserts. Eating them raw will pack the most nutritional punch, since cooking them destroys their beneficial qualities. Berries are easy to pick off of their plants making it a fun activity to do with children. Blueberry picking is especially easy for older people since the plant bears fruit right at chest level. And you will get some good fresh air!

How Can They Help?

Berries are packed with natural anthocyanins, which are the chemical components that give berries their intense color. This natural chemical is helpful because it cleans out the damaging free-radical molecules that can cause inflammation and pain. Berries are so packed with this beneficial natural chemical that they out-perform all other fruits and vegetables in their ability to clean out free-radicals. Even more powerful than broccoli! This should come as a relief to most people since berries are so delicious!

Berries should be eaten by people suffering from conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, Runner's Knee, Lupus, Gout, or while recovering from an injury because they can help to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with these conditions.

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How Menthol Relieves Pain

How Menthol Relieves PainMenthol is one of Nature’s Ingredients that provides effective pain relief. One research study discovered that menthol relieves pain by 95%. Menthol is derived from the plant family genus mentha, you probably refer to it as the peppermint or mint plant. However, the best menthol for pain relief is acquired from the oils of wild mint or corn mint.

Did you know that Menthol relieves pain in 3 ways?

#1) When applied topically in the form of a lotion, gel, or cream it acts as a natural analgesic. Molecules from the Menthol called ‘ligands’ absorb into the skin and attach to kappa Opioid receptors in your cells and cause them to change, producing a numbing effect.

#2) Menthol also works as a vasodilator. This means that where it is applied it causes blood vessels to widen, which increases blood flow in the area. This sends extra nutrients to the area and can help with cellular repair.

#3) It provides a cooling sensation because it stimulates the skin’s thermoreceptors, which send the brain a signal that is interpreted as cold. It doesn’t actually change the temperature, but it is great for relieving the heat that is caused by inflammation.

If you are interested in using menthol to relieve your pain, it is important that you find the right source for pain relief containing menthol. This is because many topical pain relievers use too much menthol, which can actually cause damage and irritation to your skin. The FDA has released statements warning people about products that contain greater than 3% menthol content (1).

This is why Real Time Pain Relief is committed to only putting enough Menthol to provide pain relief but NO burning sensation or risk of injury for our customers. Every single one of our Real Time Pain Relief products that contain menthol is made with this standard in mind.

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Foods that Help Rebuild Cartilage in the Body: Copper Part 1

Foods with Copper can help the body rebuild damaged cartilageIn the body, you have different types of cartilage. The type of cartilage found in the joints is hyaline cartilage. Unlike most other tissue structures in the body, cartilage does not have blood vessels or nerves.

The articular cartilage of the joints is made from a matrix of fibers. The principle composition of this matrix is made up of water, collagen and proteoglycans. In the rebuilding of cartilage at the joints, it is important for the body to be able to produce enough collagen.

Collagen is one of the most common proteins in the body. It is made up of amino acids like glycine and proline. For the body to produce the collagen needed to repair joints, the individual will have to consume the nutrients that are needed for the production of these amino acids.

While supplements can help to provide some of the nutrients that you will need, getting them through your regular diet can be beneficial. Nutrients that can help the body to rebuild cartilage include vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Copper, Iron and vitamin A.

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Health Benefits of Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile Reduces Pain and SwellingAnthemis Nobilis (often called Roman Chamomile or English Chamomile) is a perennial herb that has been cultivated for its health benefits and used by humans for over 2,000 years. One of the earliest records of humans using chamomile tea is from the early Egyptians, and later the Saxons and Moors. Often the oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant and is used in health products, beauty products, and aromatherapy. Oil extraction is performed on the plant after steam distillation and is used in a variety of ways, although the most current use is topically or through aromatherapy. The benefits of chamomile seem to never end when it comes to taking care of your skin and the rest of your body. Researchers are discovering new ways to use chamomile to help us live healthier and stronger.

Applying chamomile extract topically to the skin will also help reduce inflammation and swelling in muscles and joints. Because of its ability to calm the activity of inflammation and helps to regulate blood flow, it helps to reduce blood pressure in the veins and the swelling of blood vessels. When looking for a topical pain reliever, check to see if it includes Roman Chamomile (or Anthemis Nobilis) because it would be a great addition to any topical analgesic. Chamomile is also used in other areas of the body that are susceptible to pain, such as headaches, sinus pressure and other sinus conditions, toothaches, and various other skin/muscle/bone injuries that may occur.

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Willow Bark: Nature's Aspirin

Willow Bark can reduce painDid you know Willow Bark is considered "nature's aspirin"?

Willow bark is famous for reducing pain from various conditions that involve injury to the muscles or bones, and works as a natural fever reducer. From simple problems like sore feet or an occasional headache, willow bark is perfect. Even more chronic pain such as everyday back pain, arthritis, or other common issues with inflammation can be helped with the use of willow bark.

Willow bark is known to regulate prostaglandins, reducing inflammation in the body. It inhibits cyclooxygenase (a prostaglandin synthesis), which can help reduce the pain of conditions like osteoarthritis. In 2004 a study published in the Journal of Rheumatology found that osteoarthritis patients who took willow bark extract with 240mg of salicin reduced their pain by 14% versus those that took a placebo.

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How Gluten Can Make Pain and Inflammation Worse

gluten-and-inflammationWhat is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein substance that is found in cereal grains like wheat, kamut, spelt, rye, barley and most oats. Is has a glue-like quality that helps baked goods stick together and gives bread a fluffy texture. Commercial producers of bread, pasta, and other bakery products like to use grains that contain gluten in their baked goods because it is the most well known. Gluten can also be found in other products hidden in the ingredients list with names such as:

  • Glucose (which is a sugar that can be derived from gluten.)
  • Vitamin E (which can be derived from gluten grains.)
  • Modified food starch (which usually comes from wheat.)
  • Natural Flavorings (especially caramel which usually comes from barley.)
  • Maltodextrin (which usually comes from wheat.)

Why Does It Cause Problems For Some?

Gluten can cause a whole host of problems such as Keratosis Pilaris, digestive upset, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, mood disorders, dark circles under your eyes, brain fog, migraines and headaches, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, as well as painful swollen joints.

Gluten can also increase the amount of inflammation in your body, along with other foods. If gluten is not tolerated well by your digestive system it will cause damage to your intestines, and then the proteins can leak out into your bloodstream where they are not supposed to be. These rogue proteins cause inflammation and worsen pain.

Conventional crops that contain gluten are often sprayed with chemicals that can also irritate the intestines and are bad for our bodies. These chemicals can also create inflammation in the body since they are hard for the body to eliminate and detoxify from. Eating organic foods will eliminate this factor. If you are sensitive to gluten, then eating organic and gluten-free is even better for you.

What Can You Eat Instead?

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Why You Should Consider Practicing Yoga

yoga-health-benefitsDid you know that consistent yoga practice provides many health benefits, especially for anyone suffering from chronic pain? Studies have found that yoga can prevent the changes that chronic pain causes in the structure of the brain. These changes are linked to depression, anxiety, and brain fog.

Catherine Bushnell, PhD, a director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, said, “Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain.” Bushnell also reported that ongoing yoga practice can increase levels of pain tolerance, leading to a decrease in chronic pain. Brain images of someone suffering from chronic pain revealed that it causes changes to occur to the brain's volume of gray matter and disturbs the connections of the white matter. New brain images performed on people who had been practicing yoga for a period of time, showed that yoga actually bulks up gray matter and strengthens the connections of white matter.

Yoga is a gentle exercise that helps you build strength and flexibility. It is also an activity that is widely available. You can find a yoga class in many local communities, gyms, or YMCA organizations. If you aren't comfortable with public classes, then you can hire a personal trainer, find online classes, or purchase instructional DVDs. Yoga does not require expensive equipment. The only thing recommended for yoga practice is comfy clothes and a yoga mat to help you stay steady while performing poses.

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Is Office Syndrome Affecting You?

office-syndrome-prevention

An office job is safe in the sense that you don’t have to suffer in the heat of summer or endure bone chilling temperatures in the winter. And, your boss at the office will probably never ask you to do anything that is hazardous like climb on a roof or use heavy tools or machinery. Many people are thankful for their office job because it is known as less risky employment.

Despite this, did you know that an office job does actually pose risks to your health? It is known as Office Syndrome and it is typically found in office workers who spend many hours in front of a computer. Symptoms include headaches, shoulder and back pain, numb fingers and arms, weak eyesight, and dry eyes. Without some preventative measures being taken, it is possible that ‘Office Syndrome’ can lead to a slipped vertebral disc, and in severe cases, paralysis. The age range for those affected by Office Syndrome is 16-35 years old, within this age range there is a 55% chance that an office employee will be diagnosed with it.

You may wonder what causes this?

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How Flexibilty Exercises Reduce Pain

improve-flexibility-with-exercisesThere is a misconception that exercise causes pain, but actually, the issue of pain is often rooted in a lack of flexibility. Flexibility is the mobility of joints in order to achieve their full range of motion, as well as the muscles’ ability to move around the joints freely. However, when we lack this essential tool, we are sending misinformation to our body about how to move. Our bodies’ are capable of adapting to this limited range of motion, but over time it can lead to compromised body positions. Hence, more pain. In other words, flexibility is the mechanism that allows your body to move without restriction. When restriction is present, pain occurs. This is similar to our joints’ reaction to inflammation, stiffness, and pain. Now, what if we could combat this stiffness and reduce pain just by stretching every day? Well, you can! Perry Fine, MD, a board member at the American Pain Foundation says, “Everybody can do something.” She explains how exercise not only reduces one’s perception of pain but also helps overcome limited functioning. There’s this trend of- get moving, feel better. Now you don’t necessarily need to go to a gym to reap these benefits.

The prescription: Get into a nice, comfortable stretch. Hold it for 15-30 seconds. Breathe Deeply. Rinse. Repeat.

Here are some exercises that play a major role in increasing flexibility and that anyone can do anywhere:

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Natural Ingredients to Reduce the Appearance of Bruises

natural-remedies-for-bruisesDo you bruise easily? Did you know that there are natural ingredients that can reduce the appearance and discoloration of bruises?

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You can check out our articles and infographics to learn a multitude of ways to start relieving your pain naturally!

At Real Time Pain Relief, we not only care about the quality ingredients that go into each and every one of our products – but also about the people who buy them. We hope this blog, and the articles posted on it, become a valued resource for your own personal journey to better health. We know natural products that reduce your pain at the source are important to you, and for more than 17 years, our Real Time Pain Relief rub-on has been providing fast acting, targeted pain relief with natural ingredients to thousands of satisfied customers. From the useful information on this blog to our high-quality natural products, we hope you become one of the thousands of customers telling us they “Enjoy Living Again!”

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