Coping with painkillers
Posted on August 5th, 2016
I personally found that one of the hardest struggles of this journey was taking painkillers. The pain was intense so I would take them. The side effects, however, were awful: the nausea, throwing up out the window during car rides, and overall just feeling drugged up and downright depressed. If you’re like me and the painkillers aid the pain but don’t do wonders for your digestive system then try these simple tips:
1. Ginger ale:
Ginger ale is an old school remedy that everybody knows. I highly recommend Reed’s Premium Ginger Brew. It was recommended to me by one of the staff at NYU because it has natural ginger in it. In addition to aiding nausea, ginger is known to be great for inflammation, perfect for post-surgery as one of the initial goals is to reduce swelling.
Crackers are the other remedy that everybody knows. Munch on a few crackers with the ginger ale. Plain foods help absorb stomach acids. Munching on a few slices of an apple throughout the day is another good way to get some fiber in your system, pacifying the nausea.
Painkillers really mess with your digestive system, completely affecting your bowel movements. Since you don’t necessarily want to start taking a laxative, fruits such as prunes and kiwis are a great natural way to restore your body back to balance. In Ayurveda, all measures are taken to increase the digestive fire (jathar agni) and to reduce Ama (toxins). Our immune system is weakened when our digestive fire is low causing viruses and other illnesses. The stomach is the most sensitive organ in the body, and usually is quite abused. Having a healthy diet and lifestyle habits creates a strong digestive system nourishing the body’s tissues. In addition to fruit, chia, flaxseeds, oatmeal, whole grains, aloe vera juice, spinach and yogurt help to regain proper bowel movements and will get your digestion system back on track.
4. Fresh air:
A whacky digestive system can make you feel emotionally down. Getting air is one of the best cures as it brings fresh oxygen to the cells and cleanses the lungs. In addition to getting fresh air, pranayama like Kapalabhati is great to detox the lungs by expelling carbon dioxide. Kapalabhati breathing is done by placing 80% on the exhales and 20% on the inhales.
– Take a seat, keeping your spine straight so that the energy can freely flow from your root chakra to the crown of your head.
-Inhale deeply through both nostrils.
-Contract your abdomen, quickly exhaling the breath through the nostrils.
-As you release the contraction, your inhalation should be automatic. The focus is on the exhalation.
-Continue at a steady pace for a rapid 50-60 inhales/exhales.
-After the first round take a deep inhalation through the nose, then exhaling slowly through the nose
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Dehydration can actually cause constipation because the large intestine absorbs the water from the food waste, making it difficult to pass stools. Make sure to continually be drinking enough water to replenish your body. Plus you will be hydrating your skin to keep it glowing!
Sending healing vibes! Stay strong, warrior! Soon this will be a distant memory and you will be back to your normal routine. In the meantime, do what you can to bring peace and happiness to this present moment. Namaste. xo