Chronic pain is often connected with your back, yet chronic pain can also be a daily struggle if you are dealing with conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer and other medical conditions. For many, the primary choices for managing chronic pain are either narcotic drugs or sheer will power. However, more chronic pain sufferers are opting for changes in their lifestyle, changes which include an improved diet, and nutritional supplementation. Many who do this, selecting this alternative treatment for chronic pain, have experienced not only the welcome benefit of reduced pain but also noticed an improvement in their quality of life.
Chronic Pain and Tissue Damage
Chronic pain is typically the result of tissue damage and inflammation. Unfortunately, this is not always easy to diagnose as it is not easily seen on x-rays or scans. Tissue damage can be the result of a disease process or repetitive stress. But it can even be due to cellular degradation brought on by poor quality nutrition and poor lifestyle. Obviously, these effects can be more subtle than the results of an automobile accident so it isn’t hard to see why many people dealing with chronic pain may live their entire life without ever knowing the exact source of their discomfort.
The realization that cells, if not properly supported by adequate nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, has resulted in a new understanding, which, in turn, has led to effective pain relief for many. Everything in your body is either made out of cells or made by cells. All of your cells are capable of regenerating over time. If you focus on what your cells need for proper structure and function, you can develop healthier cells, which lead to healthier tissues. Healthier tissues lead to reduced inflammation, pressure from swollen tissues and a decrease or complete absence of pain.
Treating Chronic Pain at the Cellular Level
What do cells need to stay healthy? We know that cells require protein, fats and water to maintain their basic structure. Unfortunately, the quality of these components is often poor in our modern diets. So, improving the protein, fat and water intake is usually a good starting point for any person wishing to improve their diet and reduce their chronic pain. Most people have too much protein in their diets, the quality of the fat consumed is very poor and the water they drink is typically insufficient as well as poor in quality.
Cells also require carbohydrates for energy as well as vitamins, and minerals. It has been recently discovered that we need a variety of other phytochemicals, which are plant-based nutrients, to stay healthy. If you’re not feeding your cells any of these components, or if you are not providing them with high-quality sources, the quality of your cells will reflect that. Improve the sources and you can improve the cells. Improve the cells and you can reduce your inflammation and pain.
It’s Never Too Late to Get Healthy
Your body has an amazing capacity to restore, protect and defend itself from the effects of injury and disease. The healing process occurs at the cellular level. Your cells require appropriate and sufficient nutritional support that is of a high quality. Improvements in diet involve not only the intake of better foods but also the limitation, or elimination, of poor foods.
In addition to this, quality nutritional supplementation can help ensure that every cell has the nutrients it needs without the increase of calories we would experience if we simply tried to eat more food in an effort to ingest more nutrients. These improvements are part of a process and the results are not always immediate, when you begin to take the right steps you have the same potential as anyone else for better days to come and reduce your chronic pain.