An aching body is a clear sign that something isn’t quite right. But what causes body aching? More importantly, how do you ease these aches?
In this article we are taking a look at body aches and pains, the potential causes, and some effective remedies to try at home. You’ll be back on your feet before you know it!
What is Body Aching?
Body aching tends to be different from localised muscle aches. For example, when your biceps are sore after a session of bicep curls, it’s easy to put two and two together.
But body aching is not isolated to one or two areas. Instead, body aching causes your whole body to feel uncomfortable. Ultimately, body aching occurs when your muscles become inflamed – and there could be many reasons for this.
While we are about to explore possible causes of body aching, if your aches don’t subside after a few days, be sure to talk with a medical professional. Aching may signify an underlying condition.
What Causes Body Aching?
As mentioned, there is no one single cause to body aching – your body can be in pain for so many reasons. But to shed some light, here are a couple of the prime suspects:
Ever had a bad cold, flu, or stomach bug? When you are ill, it can take all your effort to get out of bed because your body is aching so badly. This aching is brought on by your body’s immune response causing short-term muscle inflammation.
Stress can cause your muscles to tense up, which results in decreased circulation and a build-up of lactic acid. When you suffer from prolonged stress, this constant muscular tension can cause inflammation across the body resulting in widespread pain and soreness.
Lack of Sleep
An adult body needs between 6 and 9 hours of sleep each night to effectively rest and repair itself. When you fail to get the right amount of sleep for a prolonged period, inflammation can increase, and body aches can become a familiar feeling.
We probably don’t need to stress the importance of hydration for general health. But in this case, know that being dehydrated pulls fluid out of body tissue, which can result in – you guessed it – widespread body aches. This is particularly common in the joint cartilage, which is approximately 75% water.
Many conditions and illnesses can cause body aching. These include anaemia, mononucleosis, pneumonia, and fibromyalgia. Again, if you are concerned about what may be causing your aches, consult your doctor.
How to Ease Body Aching
Now you know what causes body aching, it’s time to try to ease the pain and feel more human again!
There may be many potential causes, but there are just as many potential remedies. The following are all worth trying, although they are certainly not the only remedies out there.
Take a Bath
When you have full body aches, submerging yourself in a bath of warm water can be just the thing you need to make yourself feel human again. This is particularly true of a bath mixed with a few handfuls of Epsom salts, which have been used for centuries to ease aches, pains, and soreness around the body.
Our bestselling WholyMe Relief Salts feature 100% natural Epsom salts laced with soothing ingredients including organic arnica oil and frankincense oil, both offering anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe aching bodies.
Good hydration underpins a lot of general health advice, and it can help you avoid and resolve body aching. To maintain good hydration, drink at least 2 litres of water per day, adding an extra 500ml to 1 litre of water for every hour of exercise. If you are a heavy or salty sweater, use electrolyte supplements to replenish the salts lost through sweat.
Get Better Sleep
We know poor sleep can bring on the body aches, so practice good sleeping habits each night. Check out our guide to https://wholyme.com/blogs/wellness-routine/deep-sleep/creating the best conditions for a deep sleep for five useful tips.
Check Your Stress
Just like poor sleep, too much stress can result in body aches. Easier said than done, but try to reduce your stress levels. We suggest downloading our free 20-page Stress and Anxiety Management Guide to get started.
Meanwhile, some studies propose that CBD can help ease the symptoms of stress by reducing the release of the body’s primary stress hormone cortisol. If you want to enjoy the mind and body-soothing benefits of CBD, we recommend trying our WholyMe Relief Drops. These bestselling organic drops contain 600mg full-spectrum CBD, which are independently tested and completely non-addictive.
Finally, it may go without saying, but it is important to eat a balanced diet full of colourful fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, and lean protein, while limiting your refined carbohydrates, sugars, dairy, processed meats, and alcohol.
Eating a diet full of nutrients will help keep your body strong and healthy, with a better chance of battling any illnesses that come your way. In cold and flu season, you may want to supplement with vitamin D and zinc to help strengthen your immune system, although always check with your doctor before starting any new supplements.
Pain and soreness in your body is no fun at all, but now you should know what causes body aching – whether that’s too much stress in your life or not enough sleep.
You will also know how to ease these aches and pains, using some simple but very effective remedies. Good luck!