Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Hey friends! Most of us over 40 years of age have some aches and pains from time to time. I myself have a lingering injury from my school days of a fractured sacral plate. NOT fun! If I do a new workout, venture a lengthy hike, or do any floor-work (like Pilates where I sit on my butt to perform an exercise)- I ache! Oh, and wooden chairs are murder to sit in for more than 10 minutes! In this post, I am sharing with you what I do to maintain my flexibility, along with calming my levels of pain and inflammation.
These are 3 super simple methods to incorporate into your daily routine:
1. Essential Oils- In my practice of therapeutic bodywork, if a client comes to me with an arthritic, inflammatory condition, I dig out my Tame The Flame oil blend. Here is my formula: Frankincense, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Turmeric, Lavender, and Ginger essential oils with a base oil. I add Arnica and Rosemary if the muscles are compromised in any way (from injury, tension, or strain). I purchase many of my oils from Ananda Apothecary online. However, NOW and Garden of Life brands have both come out with organic lines of pure oils as well, which I appreciate! Check out: https://anandaessentialoils.com/ and https://www.nowfoods.com/essential-oils/essential-oils-all-products and https://www.gardenoflife.com/content/essential-oils/
2. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)- A culinary spice, a major ingredient in Indian curry and cuisine. It's also an American color ingredient in many foods. Some may find straight turmeric powder bitter, but when a teaspoon is added to soup or stew, the flavor disperses and adds subtle spice and complexity that most people find appealing. Used as both medicine and food for centuries, accumulating evidence suggests that this orange relative of ginger is a promising preventive agent for a wide range of diseases, likely due largely to its anti-inflammatory properties. Both turmeric and curcumin supplements are widely available. Note: Turmeric and curcumin are poorly absorbed from the G.I. tract. Absorption is enhanced in the presence of piperine, an element of black pepper. Add pepper to any recipe with turmeric for optimal absorption. Curcumin is the main active component of turmeric and is usually taken as a supplement. I like the quality contents in Life Extension's Super Bio-Curcumin Turmeric Extract- 60 caps/ $28.50 http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-8855512-13453131?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vitacost.com%2Flife-extension-super-bio-curcumin-400-mg-60-vegetarian-capsules-2%3Fcsrc%3DGPF-737870407065&cjsku=737870407065
3. Cut the refined, simple, white sugars- I saved this for last because no ones want to hear that they cannot have their white bagel, pastry, ice cream, or soda. I am sorry to tell you, but white sugar is poisonous. Sounds extreme and unfair, I know. However, if you want to startle yourself, google sugar and cancer cell growth. Solid medical journals have revealed the connection with overconsumption of sugar leading to not only various types of health diseases, but general (and significant) body inflammation- from the skin to the heart, to the joints! Sugar intensifies the body's inflammatory response. I am sure you've felt it before, perhaps after a big meal and a carb-rich dessert? I know I have. Decrease your sugar intake (including white, refined carbohydrates), and you will find some relief in your levels of swelling, aching, and stiffness.
Finally, if you need more enlightenment and encouragement in how to bring mobility and release from pain and inflammation in the body, please check out my ebook:
Thanks & Be Well!