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The sad reality is that most people will wait until they hit rock bottom before they look after their health. But career success and cool toys are worth nothing if you aren’t well enough to enjoy them. In this episode, Jen shares how to reorder your values and habits to move yourself up the priority list and invest in your health before getting a life-altering diagnosis or condition. 

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SHOWNOTES

Are aches and pains plaguing you? The most common cause of pain is muscle pain from tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries. This type of pain is usually localised and affects just a few muscles or a small part of your body. I get this with surfing all of the time.

Other forms of pain can include:

  • Forms of arthritis – Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bursitis or tendinitis in multiple joints
  • Soft tissue abnormalities
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Nerve pain

These aren’t the muscle overuse type of discomfort; these are stemming from inflammation pain.

How to know when inflammation is involved

Acute inflammation can cause pain of varying types and severity. Pain may be constant and steady, throbbing and pulsating, stabbing, or pinching. 

Pain results when the build-up of fluid leads to swelling and the swollen tissues push against sensitive nerve endings.

Identify if your ache is relieved by warm or cold

  1. Rest and Ice – if first injured or relieved by cool to ease pain and inflammation
  2. Epsom Salt Soak – A classic remedy for sore muscles and joints is to take a relaxing bath with Epsom Salts
  3. Getting Enough Movement and Exercise 
  4. Collagen and Other Natural Supplements 
  5. Neurologically Based Chiropractic Care
  6. Seek medical help if necessary

Nutrition

Main inflammatory foods:

  • Shitty sugar and high-fructose corn syrup – Table sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the two main types of added sugar in the Western diet (listen to Episode 32 for more information on sugars)
  • Artificial trans fats
  • Refined carbohydrates (listen to Episode 4 on Bum Glue) 
  • Alcohol
  • Processed meat

An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts (not salted)
  • Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Natural treatments to ease aches and pains

  • Parsley and ginger green Juice (Listen to Episode 49 for more on ginger)
  • Lemon and turmeric tonic 
  • Bone Broth 
  • Aromatherapy – is it relieved by heat or cold?
    • Warming Oils – black pepper, cardamom, clove bud, ginger, juniper berry, marjoram and rosemary
    • Cooling Oils – lavender, peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, vetiver and sandalwood
    • Peppermint can cool then warm

Helpful Links and Tips

  • Non-GMO Greens 
  • Collagen Bone Broth 
  • Jen’s Aches and Pains Oil 
    • 50ml sweet almond oil
    • 10 drops black pepper
    • 2 drops cardamon
    • 2 drops clove bud
    • 5 drops ginger
    • 2 drops juniper berry
    • 2 drops sweet marjoram
    • 2 drops rosemary

Healthy Life Hacks

So, the healthy life hacks I want to leave you with today are: 

  1. Look at whether you need to seek medical help
  2. Identify if your ache is relieved by warm or cold
  3. Choose your treatment
  4. Look at your nutrition – I’m not going to stop surfing, so I eat to reduce the chance of inflammation and power on

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