Our Favorite Natural Remedies for Pain Relief

pain reliefPain is one of the leading health concerns driving individuals to seek natural solutions. Whether it’s acute or chronic, pain can be debilitating (both physically and mentally), costly, and create a lot of limitations in daily life. In fact, chronic pain is the number one cause of long-term disability in the United States, and pain relief is an important matter.

At Village Green, our team of nutrition experts works hard to help individuals discover how their unique biochemistry, genetics, and diet and lifestyle habits play a role in their health. We educate customers on the importance Continue reading “Our Favorite Natural Remedies for Pain Relief”

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Alternatives to NSAIDs

knee-painAccording to the CDC, as many as 54 million Americans  have been told by their doctors that they have arthritis. Arthritis usually leads to restriction of physical activity, increasing the risks of heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and depression. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are most commonly prescribed to provide pain relief for arthritis.

These drugs only provide temporary relief and may even lead to further deterioration of the joint and surrounding tissue. Continue reading “Alternatives to NSAIDs”

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Natural Treatment for Gout

goutKnown as the King’s Disease or rich man’s disease, gout used to be associated with red wine and eating rich food, like red meat and chocolate. Actually, gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that mostly targets men, and it has been on on the rise. The prevalence of gout has doubled in the U.S. in the last 20 years, with almost 9 million Americans affected. Natural treatment for gout can help.

According to a study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, the rise of obesity and hypertension are likely contributors. Gout is triggered by crystallization of uric acid within the joints, it causes severe pain and swelling. Medical evidence suggests that gout is strongly associated with metabolic syndrome – a group of health conditions characterized by central obesity, insulin resistance, high blood pressure and blood lipid issues – and may lead to heart attack, diabetes and premature death. Continue reading “Natural Treatment for Gout”

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Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Joint Pain

joggersThe last topic in our pain series is joint pain. Joint pain refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any part of the body where bones connect. Joint pain is a common complaint, and frequent causes include arthritis, gout, strains, and sprains. Common sites of joint pain include: knee, shoulder, hip, and wrist. In the absence of an injury, pain in one or more of your joints is often caused by inflammation or infection. Persistent pain that may occur after a viral infection requires a doctor’s attention. Joint pain symptoms include:

Pain
Swelling
Stiffness
Warmth in your joints

Diet and supplements are an integral part of managing joint pain.

Diet plays a critical role in regulating pain and is the foundation for good health. The foods you eat have the ability to trigger either pro-inflammatory chemicals or anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Pro-inflammatory foods increase pain, swelling, and cellular damage. An increase in inflammatory chemicals has been associated with most chronic diseases including joint pain, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and various cancers. Click here to learn about what foods to avoid. Continue reading “Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Joint Pain”

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Pain Series: A Natural Approach to Inflammation

inflammationWhat is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a protective process that the body uses to fight infection and foreign substances such as viruses or bacteria. It is responsible for the swelling, redness, and pain associated with injuries. Other signs of acute inflammation include heat and loss of movement. Pain management is often an important part of addressing inflammation, which can become dangerous to your health if it is unresolved or becomes chronic. Taking a natural approach to inflammation can help.

What are the Causes of Inflammation?

Listed below are some of the most common causes of inflammation.

• Pathogens (germs) such as bacteria, viruses or fungi
• External injuries like scrapes or foreign objects
• Cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder
• Bronchitis, or inflammation of the bronchi
• Otitis media, a middle ear infection
• Dermatitis, a condition where skin is inflamed
• Arthritis, inflammation of the joints
• Food allergies/sensitivities
• Autoimmune diseases
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