Wherever pain is felt, in the the bladder and urethra, the actual experience takes place in the brain, which interprets messages transmitted from the effected area along pain bearing nerve fibres.
The biochemical processes that occur in the brain cells are mediated be chemicals called neurotransmitters, which carry nerve impulses from one set of brain cells to another.
The neurotransmitter serotonin is known to play a major role in pain experience. We manufacture seretonin from the amino acid tryptohan, and tryptohan enriched diets have been found in scientific studies to increase both pain tolerance and the pain relief gained from electrical stimulatory methods such as TENS ( Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
You should try eating the following tryptohan rish foods:
– lamp, beef, liver, chicken and turkey
– cod, trout and shrimp
– milk and cottage cheese
– soya beans and soya products
– roasted peanuts, brazils, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds
– dried dates
The passage of tryptophan into the brain is enhanced when we digest and absorb carbohydrates, and experts suggest eating a protein meal with as high a tryptophan content as possible, followed a couple of hours later by a carbohydrate snack. You can use whole foods instead of chocolate, such as a tablespoon of maple syrup, a carob bar, honey on a rice cake, or a biscuit or slice of cake made with honey or molasses, wholemeal flour, etc.
Depression is also relived by tryptophan, and by the amino acid tyrosine, which we manufacture from another amino acid, phenylalanine, present in most protein foods and converted in the brain, through a number of stages, into the mood lifting neurotransmitters adrenaline and noradrenaline.
The most effective dietary approach is to eat phenylalanine rich foods.
These include all the above mentioned sources of tryptophan, as well as lima beans, chick peas, almonds and walnuts.