Happy New Year!
Costa del Sol, S.L.
When I leap out of the bed in the morning… well that
might be a bit of an exaggeration. I almost crawl out
of bed and all my joints are aching, feeling rigid and
full of pain.
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health specialist, Biopath
and Nutritional Adviser.
You should, in my opinion, not stuff
yourself with pain relieving medication,
unless it’s highly necessary. All
pain-relieving medications have side
effects and many of them can be addictive,
leading to lethargy, stomach problems,
and a feeling of nothing being
important, weight problems, and many
I have a small morning ritual when I
swing my legs over the side of the bed,
then I say to myself: “I’m happy, joyful,
grateful, and content”. I find it difficult
to say it wholeheartedly, when my
entire body is aching. I’ve decided to
do something about it, so that I can, to
the best of my ability, feel like my old
self, whilst sharing the options for pain
reduction with my readers.
One of the reasons why I wish to
share these options of relieving pain is,
that even just when it comes to arthritis
are there roughly 70% of us over 50
years of age, that have some kind of
arthritis related pains in at least one
You can do a lot to ease or relieve your
pains. It will give you are lovely feeling
of “taking matters into your own
hands”, and make you feel responsible
for your own wellbeing. Natural painrelieving
remedies are often not as
powerful as the allopathic ones, and it
will often take longer for the effect to
kick in. However, they are less poisonous
and safer in the long run, and at
the same time will they contribute to
regenerate the body.
We all know pain, it’s simply a part of
life. If you feel some inexplicable pain,
then it’s very important to consult your
doctor, so that he may be able to identify
it and possibly treat it. It’s often
seen that the pains are reduced, once
you’ve had a proper physical examination
and an explanation of the causes
of the pains.
One of the newest products discovered
in the fight against arthritis is collagen,
which can provide a greater mobility and
flexibility. Collagen is a natural protein,
which keeps your joints together and
aids the elasticity, so you can easily move
around. Collagen is, in addition, important
for cartilage production and reparation.
New studies from USA, have
shown that a special kind of
collagen UCII is helpful with
arthritis and if you suffer from
pains in your lower back, sciatica,
and especially worn out
knees. UCII is used in the daily
dosage of 40 mg, preferably
together with other
agents, such as turmeric,
is a powerful anti-inflammatory
agent. It reduces muscle spasms
and inflammations. It can sometimes
bring permanent relief, making
it so the pains never return. Other
than treating arthritis and back
pains, can MSM also work exceptionally
well when treating fibromyalgia.
A dosage of 1 – 2 grams can be
taken as a preventive measure.
If you are experiencing severe
pain, then you might want to
start with 3 grams a day. Every
third day you can increase the
dosage with 1 gram until you feel
a betterment. However, I would not
recommend that you take more than
6 grams daily. Distribute the dosage
throughout the day.
To avoid an irritable stomach it
might be best to take the MSM
together with food.
You will find MSM naturally
in green vegetables,
fruits, and seeds.
MSM has a mild blood
thinning effect, so if
you are currently taking blood thinning
medication, then consult your
doctor before taking MSM.
Boswellia has been used for countless
years in the ayurvedic medicinal tradition.
The remedy has, in the past 30
years, also found its way to the western
world. It originates from an Indian
tree. Boswellia is a very anti-inflammatory
and pain-relieving agent. It has
been shown to be effective with many
different types of arthritis.
You can start with 1500 mg 3 times
daily when experiencing strong pains
and then adjust the dosage after 6
weeks, down to 500 - 750 mg 3 times
Curcumin is from turmeric root and
is likewise a good anti-inflammatory
product with pain relieving properties.
It may be beneficial to choose a curcumin
product with added black pepper,
as it increases the rate of absorption
significantly. However, there does
exist some curcumin products, where
the curcumin is encapsulated in microscopic
balls, which better transports
the substance into the blood, making
the curcumin much more absorbable
and increases its function.
I’m also becoming aware that I have
to add some oils to my joints. If you
are in doubt as to whether or not
you have sufficient omega-3 in your
blood, then you can visit many different
laboratories such as “Synlab” here
in Fuengirola and have the omega-3
content measured in your blood. You
don’t need any referrals or doctor’s
notes to have the tests done.
Fish- and linseed oils are my personal
favorites for covering my need
for omega-3, but for vegans there also
exists different omega-3 products made
Make sure that you buy a high quality
If you prefer your omega-3 from cod
liver oil, then eat it in the middle of a
meal, so you don’t get acid reflux.
An old and well-known remedy
for osteoarthritis in especially knees
and hips, is glucosamine, which
can help stimulate the formation
of articular cartilage. If you decide
to start taking a glucosamine product,
then keep in mind that it can
take between 3 – 4 weeks before
you feel any relief. The dosage
is roughly 500 mg 3 times daily.
Glucosamine is often combined
with chondroitin, which is a naturally
occurring substance in articular
cartilage. The two agents have
been shown to work well together,
but many people have also benefitted
from taking a pure glucosamine
If you are suffering from tired and
heavy legs, then it could be a good idea
to take a horse chestnut extract, which
improves the function of the venous
valves, that prevents a backflow of the
venous blood. Horse chestnut is a seed
from the chestnuts on the horse chestnut
tree. It is slightly blood thinning
and helps to bring the edema away
from the legs through the kidneys.
It can be a good idea to combine the
product with Pycnogenol, which is an
extract from the French pine tree.
There exist different composite products
for heavily swollen legs, with
pine bark and grape extract. Butchers
Broom originates from the lily family
and have a similar effect on the circulation
in the legs. However, you should
be careful with this product if you suffer
from heightened blood pressure.
Gotu Kola is an Asian medicinal plant.
It strengthens the peripheral circulation
and aids tired and heavy legs. It
can heal vein inflammation and night
cramps and can be very powerful when
combined with Pycnogenol..
Whatever the cause of your pain might
be, is it important to have a healthy
diet. The diet has a great significance
for all types of hurt.
Ginger, which is also present in many
different pain-relieving medications, is
very good to use in your daily diet. The
same goes for chili and peppermint.
Avoid all sugary products and artificial
drinks, such as soda, energy drinks, and
the like. You should also avoid artificial
sweeteners. Make sure to drink plenty of
water. You should also ensure that your
diet consists of a lot of unprocessed
foods without chemical additives, taste
enhancers, colorants, and preservatives.
I unfortunately also believe that it’s
best to eliminate coffee, especially if you
have blood-type 0. You should stick to
whole grain products as much as possible
and plenty of green vegetables. Eat
plenty of both garlic and onion. If you
are a meat eater, then eat less meat. Only
drink small amounts of alcohol.
Make sure that you eat as much alkaline
food as possible, you could perhaps
drink an alkaline tea.
Having too much acid in the body can
be highly pain provoking.
Pains may also be caused by some
kinds of allergies. This can be hard to
examine. It could for instance be an
intolerance to wheat or dairy products.
Some people are also hypersensitive to
the nightshade family. The nightshade
family consists of tomatoes, potatoes,
peppers (not black pepper), eggplants,
and tobacco. It can be difficult to steer
clear of the abovementioned products.
If you think a hypersensitivity might be
a cause of your pains, then you must
avoid the products for at least 3 – 4
months. Afterwards you can see if it
makes a difference in your pains. It
could be well worth the hazzle.
• It’s important that you keep a normal weight. If you find
this difficult, then you might want to seek help and get
the best possible support, as there can be many different
causes of obesity.
• Music can be pain relieving, so you could perhaps find
some music you like and get into the habit of listening
to it daily.
• Exercise is also pain relieving. It improves circulation
and when exercise is performed in accordance to ability,
not too extreme, then it activates the body’s own painrelieving
medicine called endorphins.
• It could also be very valuable to seek out reflexology
treatment, also known as zone therapy. As we have
points, both on our hands and feet that, when massaged,
can reduce stress and pain.
• There exists countless creams and gels you can apply.
They are easily absorbed by the skin and into the tissue,
where they relieve pain.
• There are also different pain-relieving band aids.
• Louise Hay writes about pains:
Guilt. “The feeling of guilt will always seek punishment”.
A new thought pattern could be beneficial here: “I’m
lovingly letting go of the past. I’m free and so is everyone
else. Everything good is in my heart now”.
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