Today on Natural Health and You we talked about pain - chronic and acute pain.  There are many things you can do about pain without resorting to drugs.  And we're not just talking about prescription drugs.  Over the counter drugs can be just as damaging to the body.  Short term use is better, but I think that before you reach for that bottle of "instant relief", you give a thought to chiropractic and/or diet. 


Chiropractic is a drug free philosophy of treating the cause of the pain, rather than the pain itself.  Chiropractic treatments can help the body repair the damage done from the mis alignments.  If you want to find out more call our office at 800-326-5838 to make an appointment to see Dr. Bittiker.


You may also help yourself by changing your diet. 


One of the first things I would delete from my diet would be artifical sweeteners and hight fructose corn syrup.  How do you do that?  Well, give up diet soda and those "pretty little packets" of  aspartame.  What should you drink instead?  Why not try water?    Cold water can be very refreshing.  Try adding a spritz of lemon or maybe a spash of vinegar.  Add a pinch of salt.  Pour the water over some crushed berries in your glass. 


MSG - Don't think that this is limited to Accent and Chinese food.  It is also used in many processed foods.  Other names for msg are, glutamic acid, yeast extract, hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, and autolyzed yeast.  It pays to read labels.  And, you need to read labels everytime you purchase the same foods from time to time. 

Preservatives - A number of studies have linked some of these preservatives to chronic pain - benzoates, monoglycerides, diglycerides, nitrates, nitrites, and sulfites.  How do you avoid these?  Try going as close to natural as you can.  Go back through some of my previous postings to get some delicious do it yourself recipes.


Food additives can also aggravate fibromyalgia.