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Pain Relief

  • The two most commonly overlooked causes of back pain

    All of us, at some point, have suffered from back pain. Back pain is a common clinical condition that may be caused by a variety of factors. While aging is considered to be the main reason of back pain, other contributory causes include strain, overuse, injury and chronic conditions like osteoporosis or arthritis. In addition to these, the two most overlooked causes of back pain are:

    • Over-Acidity in the Body
    • Poor Sleeping Position

    Over-Acidity in the Body

    A study conducted in Germany suggests that excess acid in the body is responsible for a majority of chronic back pain cases. The research was conducted on 82 patients who complained of having back pain for three months or more and yet had nothing wrong with their spines. They were given a lactose-based alkaline mineral supplement for four weeks. Following the treatment, the pain rating in 76 of the 82 patients dropped by an average of 50 percent. The alkalinity of their body tissues and blood also increased significantly.

    If you are plagued by chronic back pain, then chances are that you are too acidic. To treat this condition effectively, increase your consumption of high-alkaline foods like vegetables, beans, peas, nuts, sprouted alfalfa and garlic. Supplement your diet with plain yogurt, herbal teas and vegetable juices as they also prove beneficial in relieving back pain. Alternatively you may care to try our flagship liquid mineral supplement MicroMins. A few drops a day in water, juice or tea is all you need to start re-alkalizing your blood.

    Poor Sleeping Position

    Stomach sleeping is the second culprit that causes a number of back problems, so it is best to sleep either on your back or on your side.

    A simple matter of correcting your sleeping posture is all that might be needed to get rid of a nagging back problem. The ideal side-sleeping position is with your legs slightly bent with a pillow or small cushion between them. You’ll be surprised how wonderfully comfortable this is. When sleeping on your side, avoid keeping your legs overly bent or drawn up to your chest as this can cause circulation problems. And if you like to sleep with one arm under your pillow, make sure it’s stretched out not bent at the elbow and lodged under your head, as this can also block circulation. Similarly, if you tend to sleep on your back, keep your arms by your sides or folded on your chest rather than over your head.

    Keeping your body acid level in check and sleeping in the right position can make a big difference to the majority of back problems.

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