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5 Things That Shouldn’t Be Seen In Your Diet To Get Rid Of Chronic Pain

5 Things That Shouldn’t Be Seen In Your Diet To Get Rid Of Chronic Pain

We’ve all experienced some kind of pain that comes and goes; however, having to live with chronic pain is a different story. Chronic pain is characterized as any pain that spans over a period of longer than twelve weeks. It can affect almost any part of our body, such as back, shoulders, and neck. There are various reasons as to why chronic pain occurs, such as the result of an injury, sprained muscle, or as a result of poor posture over a certain period of time. The inflammation in muscles can lead to their weakness and result in chronic pain, and this is one of the possible reasons of chronic pain that is very often ignored.

Our food choices can have a great impact on our health, but there are certain types of food that can aggravate your chronic pain condition.

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If you are suffering from chronic pain, or inflammation, the following types of food should be crossed off from your diet list.

1. Gluten

Besides being know for causing stomach pain to those who are intolerant to it, gluten’s influence in not only limited to stomach and intestines, it can also be the cause of the overall pain. If you are sensitive to gluten, it can trigger an autoimmune response in your body causing inflammation as a defense mechanism. As Dr. Rochelle Rosian, MD, a rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic points out “We know that certain foods are pro-inflammatory and that includes gluten-containing grains and the thousands of foods made from them.”

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2. Milk

It is surprising, but milk can actually be one of the potential causes of chronic pain. Besides the gastrointestinal discomfort that occurs when our body cannot digest lactose, the inability to process casein, a protein contained in milk, can trigger an inflammatory reaction. Doctor Daniel Twogood observed that casein can cause symptoms such as chronic neck or back pain and suggested that removing it from your diet would lead to improvement.

3. Eggs

Eggs are also not a good choice if you wish to avoid inflammation. As studies show, arachidonic acid, which is contained in egg yolks, when present in considerable amounts can lead to inflammation, and as a result of regular consumption, to chronic pain.

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4. Fried foods

The fried food we normally eat is prepared in oils that contain a high level of omega-6 fats, such as vegetable oils. As we need a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, when that balance is disrupted, the result is higher production of arachidonic acid, which further promotes inflammation. As research suggests, if your diet contains more omega-6 than omega-3 fats, inflammation occurs as a result.

5. Beer

If you are a beer lover, you should think twice about how much beer you are consuming. Beer is rich in purine, which is further broken down into uric acid, one of the main causes of a very painful type of arthritis, gout. According to a research, the increased risk of gout can be caused by consumption of just two or four beers per week.

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There are certain types of food that would be beneficial to consume if you want to avoid the risk of suffering from chronic pain:

  • Walnuts – As they are rich in omega-3 fats, they can help restore the balance that is disrupted with a high presence of omega-6 fats.
  • Cherries – Cherries are rich in antioxidants that help ease the pain, such as arthritis and muscle pain.
  • Ginger – This is another type of food that has an anti-inflammatory effect, decreasing pain in your muscles and can help you ease your headaches as well.
  • Turmeric – This curry spice is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with conditions such as osteoarthritis.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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