BY JOANNE BARRY COLON
Did you know that 50 percent of Americans over the age of 50 are on chronic pain medications for joint pain, muscle pain and stiffness?
As a result to long term use of taking any medication, there may be many risks, such as liver or kidney damage and memory loss. Most medications also have several side effects, including depression, nervousness, insomnia and heart palpitation.
As a Certified Personal Trainer and Reiki master, I educate clients on how to decrease their health risk by managing their chronic pain naturally by applying the following tips into their lifestyle:
• Eat a healthy low fat diet, low in sugar and avoid white flour, dairy and processed foods.
• Exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes, incorporating weights, cardiovascular fitness and stretches.
• Decrease stress with meditation and deep breathing exercises.
• Drink eight to 10 glasses of water (warm or room temperature) per day.
• Aim for six to nine hours of restful sleep.
Below are three natural herbs to help decrease pain:
• Ginger: Take a spoonful of ginger with eight ounce of hot or warm water two to three times a day to help decrease muscle soreness.
• Turmeric: Sprinkle a serving of turmeric on any dish (salad, rice, chicken, fish, etc.) to help decrease chronic pain and inflammation.
• Peppermint: Use peppermint essential oil to help soothe and relax sore muscles (six to 10 drops)
I recommend consulting with your physician and, for best results, working with a Certified Personal Trainer, Reiki master or holistic coach.
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