Aches and pains can be caused by a lot of issues, from colds and flu to chronic inflammation or injuries. If you’re struggling with aches and pains, then you should focus on rest, recovery, and building up your immune system.
The medical community is investing a lot of time and research into understanding how inflammation affects overall health. Most notably, inflammation can cause pain by making nerves more sensitive.1 Luckily, it might be possible to avoid this inflammation before it creates long-lasting negative effects—one such method might be through boosting immune system function. Read on to learn about this connection.
Reducing Inflammation to Reduce Pain
If you can reduce inflammation, you can often reduce or prevent aches and pains. How can you boost your immune system and reduce pain, though?
Your immune system is affected by every decision you make in your day-to-day life.2 This means that you should aim to follow a healthy lifestyle as much as possible:
- Stop smoking or avoid smoking
- Limit your consumption of alcohol
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Wash your hands regularly
- Try to reduce your stress levels
- Practice self-care, such as using essential oils, getting a massage, or practicing yoga
There are plenty of immune-boosting supplements and superfoods. Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C, which is a non-fat soluble vitamin that is important for preventing colds. Ginger, garlic, broccoli, and peppers are also all popular foods that are rich in micronutrients that could help support your immune system.
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Your Immune System Fights for Your Body
Your immune system fights for your body. If it is overactive, it can attack your body and make you feel ill in unusual ways. If it is weak, then an infection could take hold, causing aches, pains, fever, and other unpleasant symptoms. You need to feed your body to ensure that your immune system works the way it should.
Micronutrient deficiencies can impair the functioning of your immune system, making you more prone to aches, pains, and infection. Common deficiencies that can reduce your immune response include zinc, copper, iron, selenium, folic acid, Vitamin C, and vitamins A, B6, and E.5
You can boost your immune system through eating a balanced, varied diet or, if you are unable to meet your micronutrient requirements through your daily diet, then you could consider taking supplements. You don’t have to spend a fortune on “immune boosters,” but a multivitamin can be a good addition to your daily routine.
Mega-Dosing Supplements for Health: The Controversy
Megadosing is something that has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. The idea was promoted heavily by Linus Pauling, who suggested that mega-dosing with Vitamin C could help prevent colds. Pauling’s claims were interesting, but his work also included lobbying for the relaxation of rules relating to the marketing of supplements using health claims.
While Pauling’s work in the 1970s generated a lot of attention, more recent studies suggest that megadoses of vitamin C are not as useful as people initially thought.6
The same is true for many other nutrients. Excessive doses of vitamin D can actually damage your kidneys and heart.7 For this reason, if you are trying to improve your health and immune system, it is not a good idea to take large doses of vitamins and minerals.
Steer away from the supplements that promote hundreds of percents of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of a given vitamin and instead look for supplements that offer just the vitamins and minerals you need. You’re unlikely to suffer ill effects by eating a balanced diet and taking an inexpensive multivitamin just in case.
Take Care of Your Body
Aches and pains can come from many different causes, including stress, lack of sleep, and dehydration. These are all elements that can impair your immune system and stress out your body, causing inflammation and also making you generally more susceptible to pain.
Practicing good self-care will help to reduce the risk of you becoming sick and will promote better circulation, reduce inflammation, support healing, and help your body fight off infection.
You should aim for at least eight hours of sleep per night. Even if you feel like you cope well enough on just six hours per night, you’ll likely find that when you get more sleep, you notice a significant change in your well-being.
Yoga or gentle exercise can also improve your overall health while using essential oils can reduce stress and anxiety. Whether you exercise or not, it is also important that you drink lots of water. Many people are chronically slightly dehydrated and simply don’t notice.
The Myth of Toxins
Detoxing is a myth. Your kidneys and liver do a great job of removing toxins from your body every single day. Drinking lots of water is the closest that you can get to a “detox,” especially if you cut down on drinking soda or alcohol and replace that with water. You’ll find that you have better skin, are more alert, experience fewer cramps and achiness, and feel generally better when you give your body the water that it needs to function properly.
While you may hear your older relatives talk about their achy bones, feeling stiff, sore, and achy is not normal. If you can stay active, eat right, and maintain a healthy weight, then you will suffer fewer aches and pains than someone who is sedentary and does not take good care of themselves.
Aches and pains are not something that you should resign yourself to. Look after your body and you’ll be surprised by how it holds out, even as you age or experience stressors.
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