Today you’re going to learn one of the simplest things you can do to reduce TMJ pain.
Although this is crucial for all people, not just those with TMJ, roughly 80% of people in the US get this wrong.
We’ve been spending the past few years giving you the best tips for how to fix TMJ.
We’ve talked time and time again about taking advantage of natural remedies before ever considering surgeries or side-effect inducing medications.
These latter two treatments are unproven, will drain your bank account, and often make your TMJ even worse than it is right now.
Along with surgery and medications, did you know that there’s a very real chance that what you’re drinking is directly causing you TMJ pain?
If you’re anything like most Americans, you probably consume a good amount of caffeine.
Caffeine has been proven to cause muscle tension and dehydration, which both lead to awful TMJ pain. All those muscles in your jaw, neck, shoulders, back, and more need to be properly hydrated with water (NOT coffee and Pepsi) to avoid tension and cramping of any sort. It is this tension in the muscles that helps cause the pain you often feel.
So what liquid concoctions should you stay away from? Here are the usual suspects:
- Coffee – We love our coffee too, but we make sure to over-do it and include lots of water in our diet first thing in the morning.
- Soda – To give you some perspective, not only is the caffeine contents of soda awful for you, but also the sugar as well. A 20 ounce Mountain Dew has 77 grams of sugar. That’s 19.5 sugar cubes!
- Energy Drinks – These guys are the worst culprits of all. Sure, Red Bull might have some cool commercials and sponsor sporting events you enjoy, but did you know that just a single 8.3 ounce can has 80 milligrams of caffeine? Yikes! Along with the 27 grams of sugar, no wonder it’s been linked to everything from obesity to sever anxiety.
As you can see, certain items your drinking right now could be contributing to your TMJ disorder in a mighty way.
You absolutely can get rid of your TMJ pain without medications or surgery, and changing what you drink is one small but very effective way to help you along that path to relief.