Being in pain is not an easy thing. When you have chronic pain, you know the big difference it makes when you manage to reduce the intensity of that pain by 20%, 30% and 40%. Nor is it something that is solved with a magic pill.
By managing pain involves making changes in diet and lifestyle that will lead you to see that tangible decrease. It is learning to take care of yourself in another way. Return to the base, and listen to what your body needs and wants.
Among the various things that will help you, you can implement these 5 ideas:
The mind follows the breath. When one feels pain it is normal for the mind to focus only on pain and how unbearable it is. Studies have shown that people suffering from chronic pain tend to take shorter breaths. However, long deep breaths calm the nervous system. That’s why in Yoga we use them so much. A diaphragmatic breathing, that is, allowing the abdomen to be inflated will help reduce the tension that can occur in the area when there is pelvic pain.
Stay away from processed foods:
Processed foods are loaded with preservatives and chemicals that affect your hormonal and digestive health. In addition, they are what are most related to obesity because they are high in trans-fat, sugar and sodium.
Say goodbye to sugar and processed carbohydrates:
Sugar affects your intestinal health and causes inflammation. Almost all processed foods are loaded with sugar. This does not mean that you take the candy from your life, but that you are restrained and that you avoid refined sugars, refined carbohydrates and go more towards whole grains and natural sweeteners. Train your taste buds to enjoy the natural sweetness that already exists in food. Sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, pumpkins are sweet foods by nature. Add them to your diet and explore with them.
Check if you are sensitive to gluten:
I am not a fan of demonizing gluten. There are people who have no problems consuming it. However, several studies have shown that it can be inflammatory for other people, even for some women who have endometriosis or pelvic pain. Replace with alternatives such as.
Add more vegetables:
If you can 2 to 4 cups of fresh or cooked vegetables a day. Vegetables are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying and full of nutrients. Add crucifers, such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, cabbage, assorted green eyes, etc.
- Strengthen yourself:
It seems ironic, because when you have pained the least you can think about is making efforts. Your body needs stretching like you can do in yoga or Pilates and also strength. When you strengthen your body, you strengthen your mental and physical health. Resistance bands tend to be a super good option to exercise at home.
- Reduce stress:
Oxidative stress, that is, the stress that passes normal levels is one of the main causes of disease. Stress can change everything in your body. In my case I have noticed how when I have more stress, I usually experience more pain. Find alternatives such as going to a yoga class, taking a walk, breathing, meditating.