It is rare to find someone who is pain free in this day and age. Children as young as five are on medication. Pain is big business and very profitable for drug companies. We create situations for these companies to make there money. We empower them by not looking for the root causes of our pain. There are thousands of ads and commercials for pain medications. Did anyone stop to ask: where does my pain come from? Why do I have pain, or how can I stop it? There are many oblivious reasons for pain such as; accidents, operations, childbirth, tooth extraction and the list goes on. However, the two main causes of pain (what we eat is THE real problem) are dehydration and acid/alkaline imbalance.
Dehydration is a common cause of pain. We often become dehydrated without even knowing it. The body gives us signs of dehydration through pain. Other signs of dehydration are thirst, appetite loss, dry skin, dark urine, chills and fatigue. As we age the body loses some of its ability to recognize thirst. Seventy five percent of all Americans are chronically dehydrated. There are trillions of cells in the human body and when they lack sufficient water they begin to dry up. Dehydration worsens the following illnesses: back and neck pain, stress, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, arthritis and constipation. Drink water first thing in the morning to get your alimentary canal working. Tea, coffee and caffeinated drinks rob the body of water.
Acid/alkaline balance is very important and oh so harmful when they are chronically imbalanced. Too many acidy foods create uric acid in the body. Uric acid causes pain. Gout, arthritis, inflammations in joints, back, and hips are often caused by uric acid deposits. Uric acid is a chemical that the body produces when it tries to break down foods that contain purines. Purines are substances in heavy foods that are hard to digest such as meats, white flour produces, sweet breads, junk foods, gravy, herring, tuna etc. When there is a build up of uric acid in the body, this causes pain. Uric acid crystals often deposit in the joints. Many people also have a condition called acidosis. Acidosis is often caused by a diet that is high in purines and medication. Blood pressure, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and pain medications cause excess acid in your system. The kidneys, lungs and skin filter out and eliminate acid buildup. The best way to clear your system is drinking water. The more water you drink the better chances of flushing toxic levels of acid out of your system. The kidneys regulate the acid/alkaline balance of the blood stream by eliminating uric acids through urine, and they need help often due to the unhealthy foods that are consumed daily. Recent research has shown that chronic pain is destructive to the body. The longer it is untreated the worst it becomes. The best herbs to take for pain are; cayenne, turmeric, peppermint, birch leaves and bark, ginger, wild yam, cloves, willow bark, skull cap, kava kava, and black cohosh.