“Getting older hurts.”
“Wait until you’re my age, then tell me how you feel.”
“I’m really feeling my age today.”
These are all very common things we hear people say as they age. Shoot, I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’ve said these from time to time. What if you didn’t have to hurt so much as you get older? Would you run after that solution?
The fact is, we can age and forego the pain, if you are willing to make it happen. Yes, it does require some lifestyle adjustments, but no, you don’t have to do anything crazy!
What Causes The Pain
For most people, the pain of aging actually has very little to do with aging, but has more to do with inflammation in their body. Even arthritis is an inflammatory response. Inflammation, on its own, is actually a good thing, helping to heal the body when something is damaged.
However, our bodies oftentimes have chronic inflammatory issues due to several issues. The primary issue for most people is the food we eat. In the United States, we have a diet that is high in processed foods, with a high dosage of sugar. These are all leading contributors to inflammation.
According to a recent article on health.com, what happens with inflammation is that once the issue is solved, the body goes into a cellular rejuvenation. Due to pollution, environmental toxins, and our diet, our inflammatory response is constantly being triggered, preventing the rejuvenation cycle to kick in. This is in part what causes the pain of getting older.
According to the Health.com article, there are other effects to be concerned with resulting from chronic inflammation, beyond the aching many associate with age. This may include:
- Heart disease
- Food sensitivities
- Autoimmune diseases
Dealing With The Inflammation
There are several ways of dealing with inflammation. Most people immediately think of overt-the-counter medications, such as what you would use for a sprained ankle or the like. Unfortunately, these are very rough on the digestive system, and are not recommended for long-term use.
What You Eat: The Health.com article goes into the idea of an anti-inflammatory diet, which is a very good idea. There is not, says the article, only one diet, but several that meet this criteria. These include the traditional Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet, and the Whole30 diet.
The essence of these diets is to reduce known inflammatory agents, while increasing foods with anti-inflammatory properties, such as those high in antioxidants. By managing how much of what kind of food you consume, you can have a big impact on the amount of inflammation you cause.
Natural Anti Inflammatory Options: Even if you are very good at controlling your diet, there are still many things that will cause inflammation, such as environmental toxins. Plus, we all know that we want to treat ourselves from time to time, and may allow for some wiggle room in any diet we take on, so having other options available is always a good idea.
There are several natural options for helping to reduce inflammation. First, try taking a bath in Epsom salts. This is a great option for balancing the fluid in your body, and can help reduce inflammation.
Next, be sure to see a chiropractor. When your spine is not aligned properly, it negatively affects your parasympathetic nervous system, keeping your immune system from working properly. Improperly aligned joints also cause more inflammation as the body’s natural splint to keep from sustaining further injury.
Finally, use pure therapeutic grade Essential Oils. These have a number of great benefits, including not only smelling good, and helping you to relax, but a number of these oils actually help with the cellular rejuvenation process.
Kim and I have found some very effective products for helping to support cellular health, reduce inflammation-causing toxins, and help our bodies to function properly. If you would like to learn more, fill out the form below and I will contact you to set up a time to chat.