Natural pain relievers



Unfortunately, acute or chronic pain is something that everyone in their life experiences at one time or another. Even though this is a powerful reminder from the body that something is either healing or going terribly wrong, a way to manage the pain is often required in order to live a functional lifestyle.

The first resort to manage this type of pain has typically been prescriptions or over the counter drugs. These medications do have side effects, however, and people are beginning to realize there are more natural solutions that can be as effective or more powerful than drugs. Here are 3 of them.

   Boswellia

Often called Indian Frankincense, boswellia originates in the dry areas of India, Africa, and the Mediterranean. It is a remarkable plant and is becoming better known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is the root of chronic pain. The unique acids (boswellic acids) block the overproduction of cytokinetic activity in damaged tissues while enhancing blood flow to the joints. This combination has also been shown to increase joint mobility and loosen stiff joints.


                                     Boswellia

Boswellia has shown great success at reducing inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, and other painful conditions. Many studies have shown that it is as effective as NSAID's, which are the most commonly prescribed drug for issues related to inflammation and chronic pain.


   Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin (asta-zan-thin) is a deep red coloured phytonutrient synthesized by microalgae called Haematococcus, and is also known as the "King of Carotenoids". It's grown in fresh water using sophisticated techniques that encourage the algae to grow its own powerful medicines protecting it from oxidation, UV radiation, and other environmental stressors.

Even though astaxanthin may not be as powerful as leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, it is found to be one of the strongest ones in nature. Several double blind, placebo controlled animal and clinical trials shows that astaxanthin naturally inhibits many of the known inflammation mediators, which eases inflammation and pain without side effects.

It has been used effectively for joint pain, muscle recovery, and other painful conditions. Since astaxanthin is fat soluble (unlike most antioxidants) it gets carried by fat molecules directly to your muscles, tissues, and organs where it is needed most, like your brain, breast tissue, prostate tissue, skeletal muscles, and retina.


   Turmeric

Another powerful anti-inflammatory food with exceptional pain relief properties, turmeric is an ancient spice commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisine. Turmeric has shown to work better than many other pain-killing drugs at relieving arthritis, joint pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and other chronic pain conditions.


                                       Turmeric

A natural painkiller and COX-2 inhibitor, turmeric has been shown to be a safe and effective remedy due to its ability to not only stop inflammation, but to suppress nerve related pain as well. This makes it exceptional for those who suffer from fibromyalgia.


Of course, the effectiveness of these remedies relies on several factors, including the individual's current lifestyle and dietary habits. To learn from someone who has recovered from debilitating pain naturally with a completely holistic approach (who now enjoys radiant health on a daily basis), check out Advice from a Survivor - How To Live A Healthy Life.

 If you're looking for to eliminate the source of pain, the first step is almost always to Balance Your Inner Ecosystem.



   Sources:

http://www.healingthebody.ca

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com

 http://truthwiki.org/turmeric





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4 things you can do to prevent cancer



 It's November, and with that we are blasted with pink paraphernalia and special events (cancer runs) to help us recognize the growing problem of breast cancer. It is during this campaign that we also are reminded that the best plan is to learn how to detect cancer in the early stages, while scientists work feverishly on developing a cancer drug to "cure" those who are dealing with advanced stages of the disease.

It is this largely reactive and unnatural approach (waiting until you see signs of cancer, then dealing with it through pharmaceutical drugs) that completely misses the core advice that should be delivered to those who really want to avoid cancer, which is prevention of it in the first place.

Prevention is the most important cancer-fighting tool we have today, and there are many things an individual can do to help prevent cancer. However, the main theme behind cancer prevention is maintaining a strong and healthy immune system, which can make you virtually impervious to any kind of cancer, including cancer of the breast. This can be accomplished in 4 distinct ways.

   Nutrition

With 60% of all cancers being related to dietary factors, nutrition is the most important factor in any cancer-fighting regimen. This means eating a largely local and organic diet consisting mainly of nutrient dense fruit (focus on low sugar) and vegetables, as well as soaked nuts and seeds, and gluten free grains. Animal products should be limited, with charred and cured meats being avoided as much as possible, especially for women who wish to decrease their risk of breast cancer.


In addition to that, be sure to focus on the following nutrients:

~ Beta Carotene (carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and most green, leafy vegetables)
~ Vitamin B6 (bananas, leafy, green vegetables, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, and organ meats)
~ Vitamin C (camu camu, acerola cherry, guava, peppers, kale, citrus fruits)
~ Vitamin D (sunlight, fermented cod liver oil)
~ Vitamin E (dark green vegetables, almonds, eggs, avocado, liver)
~ Folic acid (beets, cabbage, dark leafy vegetables, eggs, citrus fruits)
~ Selenium (brazil nuts, seafood, sunflower seeds, beef, chicken, mushrooms)
~ Magnesium (pumpkin seeds, cacao, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, almonds)
~ Zinc (dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, beans, rice, avocados, cacao)
~ Coenzyme Q10 (fish, grapeseed oil, sesame seeds, pistachios, walnuts, spinach)

In addition to that, be sure to take beneficial amounts of garlic, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, flaxseed oil, hemp, sauerkraut, spices, and pure water. For all foods, the higher the antioxidant content, the better.

   Avoid toxins

It is imperative that we stay away from carcinogenic chemicals and contaminants found in conventional household and garden products, personal care items, water, food, industrial machinery and their by-products, medications, and metal dental fillings. These multiple exposure points accumulate to the point that the immune system becomes severely stressed and cells start to become damaged, until eventually, cancer sets in.

   Reduce exposure to EMFs

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have conducted studies that have shown that EMFs could be classified as a Class B carcinogen, so therefore, exposure should be reduced.

Always test for EMFs using a gauss meter, especially prior to moving into a new house, apartment, or office. Also avoid being in the proximity of power lines and generating stations. Limit your time near electronics (computers, cell phones) as much as possible, as well as heating pads, electric blankets, and beds that plug into the wall.

When avoiding close proximity to EMFs is impossible, consider grounding technology to offset the harmful effects.

   Reduce stress

Stress is known to suppress immune system function, and a compromised immune system can pave the way to various forms of cancer. In fact, many physicians now believe that treating an individual's mental and emotional states is as important as treating the cancerous tumors themselves.



David Spiegel, M.D., a psychiatrist at Stanford University, demonstrated that women with breast cancer who participated in a weekly support group lived twice as long as those who did not. This clearly illustrates the importance of deeper relationships, and how they could be effective in reducing your chances of getting cancer altogether. This is why lifestyle needs to be examined closely, including relationships at work, home, and in various social settings.

To learn more about the best foods for preventing and healing cancer, visit Top 8 Foods and Herbs for Healing Cancer and Cure Cancer Naturally. To learn more about what various toxin exposures can cause cancer, check out the first link.


Sources:

http://www.healingthebody.ca

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com




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