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Relieve pain with something in your pantry

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Many people live daily with chronic pain. Pain sufferers spend almost three billion dollars a year on over-the-counter pain medications. Dr. Tony O'Donnell has a lot of ideas to reduce pain naturally. He wrote an entire book about the secrets of miracle pain relief.

"It's important to remember we need to increase circulation in the body. Then inflammation comes down! Inflammation is what causes all of the pain sensors of the brain. If you don't sleep well at night, that increases inflammation, which increases cortisol, and you will have more pain. Chronic pain is a huge issue - many people are in crisis because of pain, which means you need a good bed. Good sleep is restorative and rejuvenate to the body. There are about 100 million people who don't sleep well at night, due to severe pain. When you sleep well, you reduce the pain and the inflammation, you reduce the arthritis pain in your joints. Stretching is also something that is crucial! I've had a lot of pain - I do martial arts in my studio in L.A., and have had to deal with pain over the years. I've found non-toxic, affordable ways to reduce the pain and also copious amounts of vegetables are also important. Never forget to drink plenty of water. Stretch, do not exercise on cement, don't do those crazy jumping jacks, that's damaging and injuring the body," says Dr. O'Donnell.

It's always very important to speak to your own doctor, if you're suffering from pain. You should always speak to your doctor about possible interactions with even natural remedies that can clash with prescription medications and/or other supplements.

Here are 12 of Dr. O'Donnell's ideas to reduce pain:

1. Capsaicin

2. Camphor

3. Sulfur, which is called MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

4. Ginger

5. Calcium Magnesium

6. Turmeric

7. Cumin

8. Drink more water

9. Get a good night's sleep

10. Eat a lot of fruits & vegetables

11. Stretch

12. Try Pilates and/or Yoga

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