Chronic pain is no fun. It affects everything you do from work to play and often times, even sleep. Here are four different causes of chronic pain you may not know about:
Hormonal imbalance: Sudden changes in hormone levels can lead to widespread pain. Some of these hormones are cortisol, estrogen, thyroid hormone and progesterone. When there's a lower production of cortisol and thyroid, your body will experience inflammation and the sensation of pain. Chronic pain is a symptom experienced by women who aren't able to produce enough progesterone and too much estrogen.
Food sensitivities: Depending on your body, your chronic pain can be caused by a variety of food sensitivities. Some symptoms that can result from unfortunate food sensitivities include rashes on your skin, trouble breathing and digestive discomfort. Part of the reason why people are often not able to connect their chronic pain with foods they're eating is that these symptoms don't always happen immediately after a meal. Sometimes these sensitivities can make themselves manifest hours or even days after certain foods have been eaten. Conventional food allergy testing only detects the instantaneous response (IgE allergic response) and not the slow response (IgG4 immune response).
Ligament laxity: This cause of chronic pain is due to loose ligaments. Your body's ligaments can loosen up when your body is regularly under physical stress and trauma that comes from activity such as running, twisting, lifting. Over time, your body can lose its elasticity much like a rubber band. When your ligaments are loose, joints can shift out of proper alignment resulting in chronic pain and discomfort. Joint damage can increase when these problems aren't addressed quickly enough. Ligament laxity is often experienced in the shoulders, hips, knees, and neck.
Neurogenic inflammation: Your body has many sensitive nerves in the skin. These nerves can be damaged and inflamed over the span of your life due to trauma or overstretching your skin. Nerve inflammation leads to a production of chemicals that send constant pain signals to your brain. The pain signals to your brain can be severe and increase over time. This form of chronic pain is evident in different diseases and health issues such as eczema, rosacea, asthma, and fibromyalgia.
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I recently left a person speechless when I told him that my family only drank water. Only water. As a family of 5, we only use about 1/2 gallon of milk a week - and that is only for our milk consuming toddler. The only time we drink anything other than water is for special occasions. We are trying to focus on healthy eating habits for our children while they are young. But, sometimes it is really hard to just drink water. And, with my oldest starting school and playing at friend's houses, she is starting to notice that water isn't the only thing that people usually drink.
So, in trying to shake up our boring water, I made some delicious naturally flavored water. It was so easy and my kids loved it. We will be doing it again soon!
To make your own naturally flavored water you will need:
Fruit - any variety other than bananas. Try to buy in season and use the fruit when it is ripe to maximize sweetness and flavor. You can substitute frozen fruit for fresh if the fruit you want is out of season.
Herbs - while you don't have to use herbs, they do add some fun variety to the fruit. We really love blueberries mixed with basil.
Jar - to mix the fruit.
Wooden spoon - to slightly bruise the fruit and herbs.
First, place your fruit and herbs in the bottom of your jar. Use the wooden spoon to slightly bruise the fruit and herbs. Don't mash the fruit up too much, just enough so that it starts to barely loose it's juice. Next, add the water and ice and then you are ready to serve.
Some great combinations are - Citrus blend, blackberry with sage, blueberry with basil, pineapple with mint, watermelon with rosemary, and raspberry with lime.
It seems like it just keeps on getting more popular. Most restaurants now offer gluten-free meals, and a lot of grocery stores have gluten-free products. But, is there a legitimate reason for this trend?
While gluten-free products and services are indeed a fast growing trend, there might actually be some truth behind this movement. So, why now, after thousands of years of wheat consumption, are there so many people developing an allergy? I have asked myself the same question. I have seen many patients with severe illnesses such as autoimmune disease, IBS, and many others improve a great deal with the elimination of foods that contain gluten. I have wanted a reasonable and understandable reason why this is the case. Through my studies I have come up with 6 possible reasons why people are becoming more sensitive to gluten now than before.
6 Possible Reasons for Gluten Sensitivity:
1. In 1994 the hybridization of wheat began. Hybridization is different than genetically modifying a food. It entails choosing particular strains of a plant with desirable characteristics, and breeding them to increase the characteristics desired. Now wheat contains 40% more gluten than it did before 1994. Gluten is difficult to digest and increasing the gluten content makes it very difficult for many people to tolerate. Also, changing a protein slightly can lead to drastic immune reactions in the body. This may not be a reason based on a research article by the department of agriculature stating that wheat now isn’t different than it was in the 1920s.
2. Could be related to altering the structure of the gliadin proteins. An example of this, is the Glia-alpha9 sequence that is associated with triggering the changes of celiac disease in HLA DQ8/2-positive people, has been increased in modern wheat, which wasn’t found in wheat before 1960.
3. Could also be related to the change in the structure of wheat germ agglutinin, the indigestible protein of wheat that has direct damaging effects to the intestinal lining.
4. Interestingly, genetically modified foods began in 1994. Even though genetically modified wheat isn’t sold commercially, many other foods are genetically modified like soy, corn, and canola. Genetically modifying a food entails a genome being altered through gene splicing in the laboratory. So, in simple terms it isn’t the same food as it was before. Since the food has been changed it is seen as foreign to the body leading to damage to the intestinal linining and other areas in the body by the immune system. The damage to the intestinal lining decreases the ability to keep larger undigested food particles from entering the blood stream and this leads to the immune system seeing it as foreign. So, whenever you eat those modify foods you have an allergic response. This could be an immediate or delayed allergic response. Damage to the intestinal lining leads to increased risk of acquiring a food allergy like gluten.
5. Many drugs may also be the culprit for increased incidence of gluten sensitivity and allergy. The 3 main drugs that could be causing the problem are pain killers like aspirin or ibuprofen, heart burn medication like omeprazole and cimetidine, and antibiotics. The pain killers cause damage to the intestinal lining leading to absorption of large food particles that aren’t supposed to be absorbed like I explained above. Heart burn medications block hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, which leads to poor digestion of food and poor destruction of bacteria found on food. Poor absorption of food leads to gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. Poor destruction of bacteria leads to bad bacteria replacing the good bacteria in the gut leading to a condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, which also leads to immune reactions and damage to the intestinal lining. Antibiotics kill off the good bacteria needed to absorb many nutrients and digestion of food. When good bacteria in the gut are gone it leads to bad bacteria taking up residence.
6. Food allergies and sensitivities may also be related to people eating wheat as their main source of grain in recent years and also to the increase of gluten in processed foods.
Fresh Citrus and Spinach Salad Recipe
Fresh mandarin orange
Place a handful of spinach on a plate. Peel a mandarin orange. Chop 1/4 of the apple. Place both the orange segments and apple chunks on top of your spinach. Sprinkle a tablespoon of walnuts on top. Cut the lemon in half and discard the lemon seeds. Squeeze the lemon over your salad.