Pain, Pain Go Away
What causes pain? At its most basic, pain is a signal that something within your body is not right. For example, if you experience a minor soft tissue trauma the affected area becomes painful, inflamed and swollen, as your body mobilises its healing responses - rushing to the site, assessing the damage, and beginning repair. A normal healthy inflammatory response should flare up and die down again a short time later, as the inflammation resolves. In this scenario, pain is a normal and self-limiting part of the healing process. However, sometimes pain is cyclical, and sometimes it doesn’t go away - what then?
OUCH! You’re sitting at home nursing a swollen ankle and you’re not planning to do anything but hangout with an ice-pack, though you’re asking yourself what else can help. Well, introduce yourself to your new BFFs - turmeric and boswellia. These two herbs have traditional use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to decrease the pain and swelling of minor soft tissue injuries, as well as relieve muscle pain. Ethical Nutrients Pain Relief is an exclusive formulation containing BCM-95 Turmeric and BosPure® Boswellia to provide you with a natural approach to pain and inflammation. Interestingly, BCM-95 Turmeric is seven times more bioavailable than standard curcumin (the anti-inflammatory part of turmeric), meaning it has enhanced absorption. To temporarily reduce pain and inflammation, take 2 capsules three times daily.
What about Ongoing Pain?
Here’s the thing - pain and inflammation should not be ongoing. However, if you are one of the 1 in 5 Australians experiencing ongoing pain,1 reducing inflammation is a step in the right direction. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, joint immobility and stiffness are not a mandatory part of growing old! However, whilst pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are commonly used, they can come with undesirable side effects. If you’re reading this and nodding your head (perhaps you or a loved one have mild arthritis or rheumatic aches and pains) then there is a ‘gut and liver friendly’ solution. Ethical Nutrients Pain Relief Triple Strength contains the same anti-inflammatory herbs as Pain Relief, but at a stronger dose. What’s more, being gentle on your gut and liver makes Pain Relief Triple Strength suitable for ongoing use, and only requires a convenient 1-2 tablets per day.
The Power of the Mind
Ongoing pain is a complex phenomenon with a psychological component, putting pressure on your emotions and relationships. In fact, 93% of people feel negative emotions when they experience body pain. 2 Nevertheless, strategies to help you manage ongoing pain exist, including consciously relaxing, deep breathing, positive thinking, and mindfulness - when practiced daily. Organisations and services such as the Australian Pain Management Association can provide information for people living with ongoing pain. You are not alone.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Pain Management
A holistic approach needs to incorporate healthy food choices. Many people are aware that processed foods - full of highly refined grains, sugar and salt are not optimal for health – so avoid these in the first instance! Then focus on the following recommendations to help tip the anti-inflammatory balance in your favour:
- Eat a rainbow: naturally vibrant vegetables and fruits provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals;
- Nuts and seeds: contain vitamin E, alpha-linoleic acid and antioxidants, which are all anti-inflammatory; and
- Oily fish: rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Making dietary changes can be tough, but the payoff is worth it. Tipping the balance towards anti-inflammatory foods lays a foundation for pain management, and for those who need some additional anti-inflammatory support there is Pain Relief or Pain Relief Triple Strength to help you.
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