Natural Pain Relief Is a Life-Saving Lifestyle Habit

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

November 3rd, 2011 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

What we love about pharmaceuticals is that when they work, they do so without any effort on our part. We pop ‘em in, and they get busy relieving our pain. Natural pain relief, to the contrary, is a lifestyle habit. It’s not an easy-breezy, quick-fix response to pain.

The thing is, while effective pharmaceuticals are amazing for immediate, take-the-edge-off response to pain, they fail to eliminate the root cause of whatever condition is causing us pain. Meaning, we need to keep on taking those drugs, to keep on treating that pain.

There are a few problems with pill-popping over the long haul:

  1. Pharmaceuticals are notorious for causing all kinds of side effects that further destabilize our bodies, meaning that we may end up on even more drugs, to treat the problems caused by the drugs we already are on.
  2. Over time, many pharmaceuticals peter out. Like crack addicts, we end up needing to take higher and higher doses, to get the same pain-relief effect. Even then, we may not feel the level of relief we once felt.
  3. Speaking of crack addicts, pharmaceuticals cause chemical dependencies that mirror addiction. They also straight-out cause addiction. Like we don’t have enough issues already when living with chronic pain.

Natural pain relief is a way of life that promotes overall health and wellness. In other words, it’s not just a lifestyle habit. It’s a life-saving habit:

By eating organic, nutritious food, especially vegan, we not only reduce or eliminate our pain, but we also reduce or eliminate toxins that are known to cause illnesses as potentially life-threatening as cancer. By engaging in mild to moderate exercise, we not only promote blood circulation and release endorphins that lower or eliminate pain (even if temporarily), but we also improve our overall cardiovascular health, in turn preventing diseases as potentially life threatening as heart attacks.

I’m not suggesting that you stop popping pills cold turkey. I am, however, suggesting that this week, you evaluate your lifestyle habits and figure out one little baby step you can take, to optimize your health and wellness.

Is there a toxic person in your life? Maybe this week, you can have a couple less phone calls with that person. Do you sleep poorly because of a less-than-ideal pillow? Maybe this week, you can splurge and get yourself a headrest that works better for you.

Yes, natural pain relief takes effort. And yes, you are worth it.

Order the “5 steps to Successful Chronic Pain Management” e-book on our natural pain relief store, for more tips on how to life your life pain-free!

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