Being in pain stinks!
That's exactly the thought I had when my poor husband was practically limping around this past weekend because his hip was "killing him."
Stewart is no stranger to pain. After years of high school and college football, the years of athletic triumph definitely left their mark on his poor body.
Luckily for Stewart, he happened to marry the most brilliant woman in the whole world (and she's very modest too... hehe). Over the past several years, Stewart has learned that nutrition, smart supplementation, and adequate sleep can work wonders, even for conditions that seem like you have no control over them.
In Stewart's case, since he had already done a decent amount of "banging up" on his body before we even met, I taught him strategies that wouldn't necessarily "fix" his back and hip issues, but could make the pain much, much better.
You see, being in pain negatively affects our lives more than we realize. In my dear husband's case, he loves to exercise, loves to play outside with the kids, and also loves to build awesome stuff using his skills in woodworking.
I promise you this is not a "let's have pity on Stewart" party, because I assure you he would not want that. Instead, he would want you to know, learn, and implement the same principles he has used to control his pain in your own life, so that you can too can do all the things you love each and every day.
If you are feeling pain in your body - whether it's back, hip, knee, or shoulder pain - use the simple methods below to help your body heal in the fastest way possible.
Isabel's Top 3 "Take Down the Pain" Techniques
1. Replace potentially inflammatory foods with "healing" foods.
- Instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners, use raw honey or stevia.
- Instead of processed wheat bread, eat sprouted whole grain bread.
- Instead of eating white pasta, use spelt or quinoa pasta.
- Instead of eating processed food, eat wholesome natural foods that come from Mother Nature.
I know at first glance that may seem like a lot to change, but my motto is "one baby step at a time." It may not be the most original motto, but it sure does work!
2. Forget the word "workout" and begin to use the word "movement."
Unfortunately, people have a very negative perception of the word "workout." Thoughts of "no pain, no gain" and grunting muscle men at a gym are what we tend to use to define the word "workout."
How about thinking of your daily exercise as "body movement" instead? Which would mean that, on any given day, you can choose what type of movement is the best fit for your body.
Instead of pushing around heavy objects at a loud gym, how about...
- Taking a walk in the sunshine?
- Dancing with your headphones on as loud as possible? (Yeah, that's all me.)
- Getting up out of your office chair and stretching for 15 minutes?
Let go of what a "workout" should look like and choose the "movement" that feels best to you!
3. Take a high quality proteolytic enzyme.
Proteolytic enzymes are different than digestive enzymes (digestive enzymes are what you take with food to assist in digestion) in that a proteolytic enzyme will pass through the stomach or intestine lining and enter the circulatory system to break down excess fibrin. Excess fibrin has the ability to restrict adequate blood flow, not allowing red blood cells to reach the capillaries to oxygenate and nourish your muscles and remove the metabolic waste that is causing your pain.
I like to imagine that these proteolytic enzymes are like little Pac Men going through your body eating up the excess fibrin that could potentially be impairing blood flow. This is a much, much better and safer approach than popping pain medication like Advil or Aleve all day long, which comes with a long list of dangerous side effects (chest pain, shortness of breath, weight gain, and nausea).
Click the link below to see the proteolytic enzymes that I recommend from my friends at the Healthy Back Institute...
The good news for Stewart (and for you, as well) is that, by implementing the 3 strategies above, he is no longer a slave to the pain and can get on with his life and the activities he loves.
Give your body the chance to heal itself in a natural and SAFE way (without prescription of over-the-counter drugs).