As my readers know by now, I believe what you eat is of utmost importance to relieve most chronic issues. So, for chronic pain, especially headaches, and digestive disorders such as acid reflux, and tummy aches - your first and least costly remedy is to change what you eat (and drink)!
Since we all have to eat, and we all need water - we should take an inventory of what we're consuming on a regular basis, before running off to the doctor, or drugstore to get a pill.
Take a few days and write down EVERYTHING you put in your mouth, and when. Also, note when your pain begins and ends. At the least, you'll have this valuable information when you visit your doctor or wellness practitioner. You may even resolve your issue yourself and save yourself a lot of time and money!
Example of one person's daily standard American diet (SAD) intake:
6:30am 1 glass of water, 1 glass of tea or coffee
7:00am 2 fried eggs, fried potatoes, and 2 slices of toast with margarine and jelly, 1 cup orange juice and/or coffee
9:30am coffee or soda
11:00am a cookie, donut, bagel, granola bar, or other processed snack
1:00pm lunchmeat sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise and mustard, slice of cheese
3:00pm 1 cup of water? (yeah, right!) and a candybar, tea, coffee, or soda
7:00pm 8-10 ounce steak, mashed potatoes, corn, beans, dinner roll with butter, and who knows what else, tea, wine, beer, or mixed drink
8:00pm slice of pie with whipped cream or a half bag of corn or potato chips
And maybe even more alcohol, more coffee, milk, additional sodas, cigarettes, etc.
If, after you've taken an honest look at your day-to-day food / liquid intake and weeded through all of that stuff to see if those items contain any ingredients which, could be causing or at the least, contributing to your chronic pain, headaches, heartburn, and stomach upset, and began to cut down or eliminate them, then you may look into the following lower cost alternatives.
I have heard it said many Americans are chronically dehydrated. Health experts aren't kidding when they say we all need 8-10 glasses of water each day! Recently I've heard when we're born we are 90% water and when we reach old age we're about 20-30% water! No wonder we literally shrivel up as we get old! Yikes!
When you cut out bagels and white bread, substitute an alternative - Ezekiel bread is made of sprouted grains, better for you - if you want to eat grains. Even better, just a handful of raw nuts and seeds.
Whole fruit is better than the processed candies, donuts, and snacks.
The aspartame and other artificial colors and sweeteners in sodas can contribute to headaches and migraines. You might also consider the amount of caffeine or nicotine you consume as a factor.
Consider the timing of your last meal or snack at night. The earlier in the evening you STOP eating (and drinking alcohol), the less occurrence of acid-reflux when you go to bed. If you're trying to lose weight, definitely allow 3 hours between your last meal and the time you go to bed in order for your hormones and metabolic processes to work as they should.
Try adjusting what you eat/drink and WHEN before committing yourself to a lifetime of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, or high cost prescription drugs - yes because even if you have insurance, between the monthly fee you and your employer pay for the insurance, and your co-pay, you (and now all the rest of us) are paying quite a price for those pharmaceutical drugs.
Natural health and wellness practices like, proper food-combining, drinking adequate amounts of pure water, not smoking, not drinking soda, eliminating dairy (especially for any mucous related issues), yoga, qi-gong, tai chi, massage, raindrop therapy with essential oils, lymphatic drainage, neti pot rinsing, ear-candling, etc. are excellent non-invasive, low cost alternatives to try depending upon your issue.
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather pay the farmer (some people still complain about the cost of eating organic foods) than the doctor (and big rich pharmaceutical companies) - I hate being ill or incapacitated! (I abhor going to doctors and hospitals)!
Most regular medical doctors (western / allopathic) learn about biology and pharmaceuticals. If I break a bone I'll go get that taken care of, but for chronic pain - no thank you. Most only have the opportunity to take one or two elective courses in nutrition during their ten years of medical school! So, the natural health and holistic health avenues, make more common sense.
Natural health and holistic health services have existed, and helped people heal for thousands of years - so even if it takes a natural cure longer to help you feel better, I prefer it to a pill which only masks symptoms and may cause something far worse than your original problem (which is why you start with one pill and end up taking four or five - to combat the side effects of the first pill)!
Talk with a nutritionist and learn proper food combining techniques depending upon the condition you suffer from. If you find it all too confusing, consider a juice fast, or join a guided juice feast group online, or eat only raw fruits and vegetables for a week or so. Then when you add other foods back into your diet, watch carefully how you feel. Take notes.
When you go to visit your nutritionist, or health coach, or wellness practitioner, discuss how you felt and see how if they can help you make adjustments you can adhere to for life. This way, it allows you time to understand how your body reacts to various foods. Also, it gives you time to determine what you really like, vs. whatever seems convenient or you eat because you crave it or because you're caving in to emotional eating (which, is a whole other topic)!
Example of one person's daily intake for vital healthy living:
6:30-7:00am 1 warm glass of water with juice of half a lemon, 1 glass of tea (lemon juice optional, stevia or honey to sweeten)
7:00am 1 slice Ezekiel bread with virgin organic coconut oil or 1 boiled egg or 1/4 cup favorite in-season organic berries (Note: soft fruits, berries, melons, peaches, plums, mangoes, and papayas should be eaten alone. Coconut oil and bread is good together.)
8:00am 1 glass of room temperature water, some fresh squeezed lemon (or other citrus fruit) for flavor
11:00am 1 cup of raw veggies and handful of almonds (raw unsalted) or if mucous is not an issue, have 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
Noon 1 glass of room temperature water, some fresh squeezed lemon (or other citrus fruit) for flavor
2:00pm big salad with starchy vegetable side, sweet or white potato (mustard, hummus, or avocado as dressing)
4:00pm 1 Kombucha tea
5:00-6:00pm 3-4 ounces of lean meat or fish, non-starchy vegetables or salad
Nothing after 6:00pm except water
The following are listed from lowest to highest fees for services, however depending upon where you live, which services are rendered, the cost could be more (or less): Also, the community acupuncture clinic has more than one acupuncture doctor and they charge a reduced, sliding scale fee for services. Most of these doctors can also provide nutritional advice:
- Dr. Laurie Zakresky
- Crystal bed at First Unity Church of St. Petersburg
- St. Pete Community Acupuncture
- Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine
- Dr. Alison J. Kay
Health Food Stores List:
To eat better everyday and avoid some health issues you might also want to check out Tampa Bay Organics. They deliver fresh produce right to your door!
- Nature's Food Patch
- Leafy Greens Cafe
- Sunshine Health Foods
- Richard's Whole Foods
- Rollin Oats Market and Cafe
- Earth Origins Market
I am your local wellness activist and EFT practitioner ready to provide you a list of alternative, holistic, or complimentary medicine doctors located in St. Petersburg / Tampa Florida. I've linked each to their own websites so you can get more information about them or contact their office.
Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful. Be who you want to be.
Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.
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