My aches and pains

My aches and pains!

How many times a week do I hear that cry?

Well there are some simple things that you can do to get some relief, and the good thing is that with these strategies there are no side effects or complications.

But first, what are some of the factors that cause aches and pains?

It can be mechanical causes such as continued poor posture, lack of exercise and being overweight that lead to the wrong muscles being used to support our skeletal one structure.

What do you do about it? – Exercise, walk, swim, bicycle or go to Pilates. Tai chi and yoga type disciplines will improve muscle tone, strength and vigor. You know the old saying “Use it or lose it”. That saying applies to our muscles, brain, eyesight and fitness.

Another major factor underlying almost all pain is inflammation of some degree.

So the question is – What can I do to settle down inflammation?

You see, inflammation is driven particularly by acidity and high sugar levels in the bloodstream. So if you can reduce sugar levels and acidity you have a good chance of reducing inflammation and so of less aches and pains.

This is not the whole answer but it is part of it and some thing you can do yourself.

To reduce sugar levels in the blood is pure eating habits. So to eat less of the foods that convert to sugar in your blood is the way to go. That means less grains, pastries, breads, biscuits, cakes, pies, pasta, soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices, ice cream, sweets, lollies, choc bars, and to limit your fruit intake to 2-3 pieces/day.

To reduce acidity is to steer off foods that are “Acid Forming”. That is generally grains, dairy and processed foods. Better to go for the more “Alkaline Forming” foods and they are the salads, green leafy vegetables and coloured vegetables. Meat eggs and fish are OK in moderate amounts.

In the supermarket the anti inflammatory aisles are the fruit and vegetable aisle and the meat/fish aisle. Spend less time in the other aisles.

An old method to reduce acidity is to drink weak acids. This is juice of 2 lemons , or juice 2-3 limes, or 1-2 tablespoons of cider vinegar in 1 litre water and use this as your drinking water between meals. In the body the weak acid drink stimulates the pancreas to secrete  mainly bicarbonate (alkaline) juices, and when absorbed into the blood stream results in more alkalinity (less acidity) and this can dampen down the inflammation pathways and can lead to less aches and pains.

Remember – its’ your body, and you can do something about it.

Dr Andrew Heslop, Bellingen Healing Centre