A study conducted in England using a smartphone app measured the correlation between the participants’ pain and the weather outside.
The survey, aptly named the “Cloudy Project,” included data from over 9,000 people in Leeds, Norwich, and London. Details were collected over a course of 18 months. The smartphone app recorded daily pain levels of those involved.
The participants plugged in details of their pain on days when they most experienced it. The app already recorded the weather on a daily basis in the person’s location. The results showed that on the days when the pain was most prevalent, the weather was rainy, foggy, or cloudy.
Researchers at the University of Manchester pointed out that lack of sunshine also linked to more bodily aches and pains.
The study showed that as winter turned to spring, pain levels dropped. Days when the sun peeked out, fewer complaints of severe pain were recorded.
So how does this information help? Well, for one, a professor involved in the study said that understanding the link between pain and weather can help medical researchers. He believes it will allow them to “explore new pain interventions and treatments.”
This study will hopefully leads to further studies proving the weather-pain link. This would suggest that living in a sunnier climate may be a better choice if you experience chronic pain.
Alternate options besides pain medication would be to use other natural forms of anti-inflammatory foods and/or herbs.
Foods that reduce inflammation include:
- Nuts (almonds and walnuts)
- Green leafy veggies (spinach and kale)
- Coconut, olive, oregano, and avocado oils
- Fatty fish (salmon and tuna)
- Seeded fruits (strawberries, blueberries, and cherries)
Herbs, spices, and teas include:
- aloe vera
- green tea
Making dietary changes can help relieve inflammation, thus a lot of pain associated with chronic conditions. Adding natural anti-inflammatory items and reducing sugar, white flour, and processed meats and grains should assist you with some pain-reduction.
In the meanwhile, if the weather isn’t fair, perhaps a sunny disposition may do the trick.
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