Whether it’s arthritis, tendonitis, carpel-tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, or other conditions, a lot of people are struggling with this nagging symptom. Beyond common remedies such as over-the-counter pain killers, hot or cold therapy, topical treatments, or stretches, there are dietary changes that can address joint pain from a physiological standpoint.
Limit These Foods for Joint Pain Relief
Research has shown that joint pain can be triggered or worsened by these foods:
- Processed sugars
- Saturated Fats
- Fried foods
- Alcoholic beverages
All the above categories of food and drink have one thing in common: they cause inflammation.
This, in turn, causes pain in the joints. Inflammation is an immune response when your body doesn’t like what’s being put into it.
Tissues swell, and this puts pressure on the joint itself. The body also must use up more nutrients to process junk foods, alcohol, and sugar, so that further weakens the body’s immune system and sets it on “high alert.”
Eat More of These Foods
To reduce inflammation and joint pain, eat more of the following:
- Fatty fish such as salmon
- Olive oil
- Green tea
- Turmeric and ginger
- Green leafy vegetables
- Cruciferous vegetables
An anti-inflammatory diet is good even if you don’t suffer from pain of any kind. But for rheumatoid-arthritis sufferers or fibromyalgia patients, it’s especially important to tone down that inflammatory response in the body.
- Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, salmon, tuna, and sardines are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are excellent for fighting inflammation.
- Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are also key to overall health and reducing inflammation.
- Bright green veggies and multicolored berries contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs to regulate the immune system, and therefore reduce excess swelling.
- Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower, are well known to be anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer.
- Turmeric, and its component curcumin, has been found incredibly beneficial in reducing inflammation.
- Ginger also has amazing healing components and increases circulation, as well.
- Include green tea in your diet, and you will get an even bigger daily dose of health. Green tea is regarded by some as the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is known to reduce cholesterol, and be good for your brain, heart, skin, and many other systems in the body.
Your body is constantly creating new cells and renewing bones and tissues. For this reason, it’s important to give it the right building blocks. The overall message is that diet does have something to do with how your body functions. The structure of your body (joints, bones, tendons) is strengthened or weakened from within.
Just like a building with a weak foundation that is not kept up, your physical structure can become weakened when inflammation-causing foods are rampant in your diet. Give your body better building blocks, and watch it use them to improve itself.
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