Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints, it affects people of all ages, including children. While there is no one food or diet that will cure arthritis, many foods are known to increase or decrease inflammation. I always like to look at the alternative and complementary routes to drugs and as long as you follow your doctor’s recommendations, natural pain relief can be a beneficial supplement to medical care. There are a number of foods including spices and herbs that can be used to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, you might want to try a few of these alternative treatments and see if it helps. A diet that is full of anti-inflammatory foods will help stabilize the free radicals that promote inflammation.
1.Tumeric: Most of us have this spice in our kitchen cupboard, the yellow fragrant spice can be added to stews, soups, and curry dishes. Researchers in Australia found that taking turmeric supplements relieved knee pain from osteoarthritis more effectively than standard medications. The effects appear to be related to the ingredient curcumin in turmeric that has anti-inflammatory properties. It typically has fewer side effects than many pain medications, and it’s convenient. You can take turmeric as a supplement, drink it as tea, or cook with it using powder or sliced roots.
2 Cinnamon: Used an ingredient in cooking as far back as Ancient Egypt. Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees scientifically known as Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is extremely rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This spice can be added to casseroles, soups, and stews. As an occasional treat and if you are feeling a bit naughty shake it on pancakes or French toast.
3 Root Ginger: Used in Asian medicine and cuisine for centuries, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, including the abilities to suppress inflammatory molecules called leukotrienes and the synthesis of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that cause pain and inflammation, according to research published in 2014 in the journal Arthritis. Root ginger can be found easily in supermarkets, it’s delicious thinly sliced on fish and another great complement to stir-fries.
4 Cloves: If you are lucky enough to like the taste, cloves can be used to relieve the swelling and reduce inflammation of the joints. Try adding the powdered variety to soups and stews.
5. Eat whole foods: Highly processed items like hot dogs, burgers, sugary drinks, and cakes are a major cause of inflammation. Adopting the Paleo diet the food our ancestors ate is a much healthier option, foods rich in nutrients including vegetables, fruits, and Omega-3 fatty fish. (e.g. tuna, sardines & salmon) Check labels and go for food that doesn’t come in a package where possible and drink water instead of juices. The American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 6% of your daily calories from saturated fat so try and avoid hard cheeses and butter where possible. Cut back on red meat, and enjoy more olive oil, fatty fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Eat lots of salads and gentle fry vegetables in olive oil for the maximum nutritional value. Substitute meat with nuts, walnuts, pine nuts, almonds is healthy monounsaturated fats just be careful with the amount as they are high in calories, no more than a small handful a day.
6. Lose weight: Being overweight stresses your joints by losing just 10 pounds can take 30 or more pounds of pressure off your knees with each step you take. Adopt sensible eating habits you can stick with, watch portion sizes, a piece of meat that fits in the palm of your hand, and a fistful of veggies is ideal. Eat at home rather than dining out so you don’t get tempted by those zero nutritional deserts. Cut back on the sweet stuff and remember sugar comes in many forms glucose, fructose, sucrose and lactose being the most common. Even a small amount of weight loss can be beneficial, just a couple of pounds over time will make a big difference.
7. Drink tea: The polyphenols in tea can reduce inflammation and other symptoms of arthritis. Smart choices include ginger, chamomile, and green teas. Studies show that drinking green tea daily can help in weight loss and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
8. Pineapple: This delicious fruit is rich in Vitamin C and the enzyme bromelain, which has been linked to reduced pain and swelling in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Try adding it to a salad, mix it in a smoothie, or slightly heat it to eat with a piece of gammon.
Along with a change of diet here are few other suggestions you may wish to consider.
9. Apply heat: Both heat and cold can relieve pain, so experiment to see what works for you. Buy heat packs or make your own versions at home, like microwaving a damp towel in an open zip-lock plastic bag.
10. Wear a patch: Look for pain-relieving patches and creams with natural ingredients. For example, many brands use capsaicin, the same ingredient that makes chili peppers hot.
11. Consider a Rise & Recline Chair: Being in pain is not nice and unfortunately arthritis is something that’s not going to go away. Just the actual process of getting in and out of any chair can cause great discomfort. A Rise and Recline chair can be worth its weight in gold. At the press of a button, the chair will either rise and bring you to your feet or allow you or recline into a fully extended position.
Joint pain relief can be achieved by allowing the chair to recline. By ensuring your legs are supported when raised it encourages better circulation. Depending on your budget and circumstances do try and consider a made-to-measure chair for optimum comfort and relaxation. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself, after all you’ve worked hard all your life, you deserve it.
12. Your bed matters: Cast your mind back to when you were a child, wasn’t it great the way you could jump into bed without a care in the world? Back then it didn’t matter if your bed is really low or very high, but nowadays it’s a different story, getting in and out of bed can for many be a struggle. An adjustable bed will allow you to lower or raise the bed to suit your height, making it much easier as safer to get in and out. Doctors often recommend an adjustable bed so that their patients can sleep with their legs elevated above the level of their heart. This recommendation comes about often as a result swelling in the lower legs, the needs to take stress and strain off your heart and to prevent pressure sores.as well.
Appropriate medical care and positive lifestyle changes can help you protect your joints and make arthritis easier to live with. Always be thinking anti-inflammatory foods and not inflammatory to ease your pain. Talk with your doctor about herbal treatments and other natural methods for pain relief to make sure they’re safe for you. If you are suffering from inflammation of the joints then I hope you can benefit from the information.