A big buzz word in health is “inflammation.” Have you heard or seen this word used lately? The word itself means fire, with the the Latin roots meaning “set afire.” So why does a word that means fire matter to you and your chronic pain? Let me tell you by sharing my story:
Inflammation once destroyed my body
Years ago I felt like I had been hit in the back with a basketball. I ached everywhere and found sitting and standing quite painful. Every day I had a headache — some days it was more of a migraine that kept me in bed. My allergies kept me indoors and addicted to nasal spray. Needless to say, I was a big mess and felt like an 80 year old woman! Just thinking about how I felt left me depressed, overwhelmed, and sick of being in constant pain and searching for a solution. I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the only relief was various strengths of pain killers. One night I slept on the bathroom floor because I was so sick from all of the painkillers. My body was letting me know that it could not tolerate the overuse of painkillers anymore. It was time to find another way.
I discovered that making a few key changes to my diet and beginning a nutritional supplement protocol made a huge difference. I turned a corner and kicked my chronic pain to the curb!
Inflammation is the root of chronic pain
Chronic pain impacts about 100 million US adults, and 1.5 billion people worldwide. It is at epidemic proportions. If you suffer from chronic pain in your body, then you are familiar with the symptoms of inflammation. These are some symptoms that you might have:
– Joint stiffness or muscle pain
– Swollen joints (knees, shoulders, hips)
– Irritable bowel syndrome
– Redness that is warm to the touch
– Feeling like you are hungover — achy and lethargic
– Feeling of constant discomfort
The causes of inflammation are unique to your lifestyle
The food your eat (certain foods are very inflammatory while others are anti-inflammatory), lack of exercise or too much exercise, stress, fatigue, viruses, or infections can trigger a raging inferno of inflammation deep in your system. This leads to aching, stiff and swollen knees, hips, feet, any joint or tissue can be affected — leading to limited mobility, pain, and stiffness.
You might have an overactive immune system
Inflammation is part of the body’s natural defence system. It’s your body’s natural way to self-protect because it is out of control. When your immune system is overworking, your body suffers. Most of the reason your body is overworking is because of your stress, nutrition, and sleep habits. Inflammation is at the root of most of today’s diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and more!
Inflammation can lead to autoimmune conditions
Inflammation can become a chronic, smouldering condition which turns dangerous when the the immune system fails. When inflammation builds up and causes your body’s immune system to work so hard that it fails, an autoimmune condition is born.
Autoimmune disorder is the result of today’s degenerative diseases that cause chronic pain, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and more.
Inflammation can easily be fixed
In order to heal the inflammation, the internal fire must be put out. This can be done by making simple changes in your diet and lifestyle. Eliminating certain foods and increasing certain nutrients is most important. You are unique and so is how your body responds to food. A lot of my clients were once able to eat everything without feeling a negative response, but now their bodies respond differently (with joint stiffness, swelling, and more).
There are some general guidelines around food elimination that will be helpful for you to start. Download the 7 day food elimination guideline handout here. Once you complete these guidelines, you will need to move forward with a customized plan made uniquely for your body.
There are foods that will surprise you that very commonly trigger inflammation. Eliminating them from your diet can make a huge difference to your chronic pain.
Supplements will help
Supplementing with high quality pharmaceutical grade supplements is another critical key to regulating your immune system and the related pain. The proper supplements ensure your cells receive the appropriate combination of nutrients and antioxidants it needs to prevent and repair cellular damage. This will reduce inflammation and chronic pain.
A lot of my clients wonder why I suggest supplements and not just better nutrition. The short and easy answer is that we will never be able to consistently eat enough of the right nutrients in the amount that we need. And more importantly, the way our food is grown and cultivated has changed. Food is now grown with huge amounts of chemicals and pesticides which affect the nutrients in the food.
How Ada healed her chronic pain caused by inflammation
Ada was suffering from chronic pain throughout her entire body. Her body was showing signs of inflammation: arthritis, joint swelling, constant achiness, and headaches. The quality of her life was compromised due to limited and painful mobility, headaches, and fatigue.
Working with Ada’s lifestyle and health history, I determined that most of her inflammation was a result of her nutrition. We worked together to create a customized nutrition plan to help her eliminate certain foods I believed were triggering her inflammation and driving her painful condition.
I also designed a customized supplement program to address her specific needs that would help put out her internal fire and reduce her inflammation, and allowing her system to calm down and for healing to occur naturally.
In ONLY one week Ada noticed she had more energy and she was in much less pain. Within a month she was completely pain free and in much better spirits! She now enjoys her life! We continued to fine tune her program and she remains pain free to this day.
I wonder how incredible you could feel in one week — in one month? It could all start with following my easy guidelines to eliminate trigger foods for your inflammation.