I believe that most people have experienced the immense pain caused by inflammation in the joints. Whether the inflammation is acute or chronic, the pain can certainly be unbearable, greatly diminishing the overall quality of life.
All the joints in our body have an essential role of connecting our bones, carrying our weight and enabling us to move. The joints have been created to endure all this pressure but they are also susceptible to damage and different ailments.
They can suffer for different reasons, including inactivity, strains, trauma, osteoporosis, arthritis, or simply due to the aging process.
We should bear in mind that our lifestyle and diet have a significant influence on the health of our joints.
There are medications that can reduce the pain, but they can have serious side effects and damage other vital organs. As a safe alternative for painkillers, there are several things we can do to prevent and ease joint pain. Let us pay a closer attention to some of them:
Losing extra weight
Even a few extra pounds put a lot of pressure on our joints. Carrying the unnecessary weight is harmful for the joints, especially for people with bone degenerative diseases.
Weight loss can be very beneficial in such cases, alleviating the pain and preventing potential future complications.
Epsom salt baths
Magnesium and sulfates, two ingredients of Epsom salt, are very important for the proper functioning of our bodies. These powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents are also quickly absorbed through the skin, which is why relaxing baths with Epsom salt are very beneficial for any muscle or joint pains.
Applying ice packs on the painful area for 15 minutes regularly throughout the day can quickly offer a relief from pain. Cold temperature slows down the circulation and decreases the swelling.
It is important to know that ice should not be placed directly on the skin, but it should be wrapped in a towel, gauze or some other material.
Inactivity and sedentary jobs cause reduced circulation and stiff muscles, leading to joint and bone pains. Regular workout routine, even 30 minutes of moderate walking per day, strengthens and stretches the muscles and joints, which in turn provide a better support for the bones. In this way, the inflammation is reduced and the pain alleviated.
The food that we eat has a direct influence on our overall health. It can greatly contribute to our health or it can make us ill.
There are certain types of food that have been found to cause inflammation. Here they are:
Ham, bacon, sausages, smoked meat and other similar products contain harmful products created when meat is exposed to a high temperature. These products cause an inflammatory reaction in the body and can lead to serious illnesses, including colon and stomach cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Consuming small amounts of certain types of alcoholic beverages can offer some benefits for the health.
On the other hand, heavy alcohol intake can cause bacteria to spread from the colon to the body, spreading inflammation throughout the organism and damaging vital organs. This condition is also known as “leaky gut”. This is just one of the many devastating consequences that alcohol abuse can lead to.
Partially hydrogenated fats and highly processed vegetable oils
Most margarines have a high content of artificial trans fats that are extremely unhealthy for consumption. Numerous studies have shown that these fats cause damage to the arteries and increase the level of bad cholesterol and lower the heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.
Eating foods high in artificial fats also leads to high levels of inflammation markers, such as interleukin 6, tumor necrosis factor, and C-reactive protein. This greatly increases the risk of inflammatory diseases.
On the other hand, highly processed corn, canola, peanut, sesame, sunflower and other types of vegetable oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids that are susceptible to oxidation damage.
These omega-6 fatty acids have been shown to cause inflammation.
Table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and refined carbohydrates
These types of refined and highly processed carbohydrates significantly raise blood sugar levels, leading to insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity and other serious health problems.
They have been shown to cause inflammatory changes in the body when consumed in higher quantities.
On the other hand, there are certain foods that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
They are full of precious health-boosting vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that fight inflammation.
Some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory products are:
- Green Leafy vegetables
- Fatty fish
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Green Tea
- Citrus fruits
I would like to share a recipe with ingredients that can bring you a quick relief from joint pain. It is made from pineapple, celery, lemon and carrots. Let’s see how your joint pain can be cured with each of these products.
The active pineapple component, bromelain, has shown powerful anti-inflammatory properties, especially when consumed on an empty stomach. It has the ability to alleviate joint pain and calm swelling. According to one study, certain enzymes combined with bromelain can be used as a safe alternative to some anti-inflammatory remedies for knee osteoarthritis.
Celery is full of Vitamin C and flavonoids, potent antioxidants. These prevent oxidative damage to our organs. Celery is also high in manganese, beta-carotene and phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Carrots are a precious source of beta-carotene and vitamin A, which also help reduce inflammation, apart from other immense benefits that they provide.
Lemon, like other citrus fruits, contains Vitamin C in high amounts. This vitamin is crucial for the health of our blood vessels and it also builds and maintains the health of our ligaments, tendons and bones. Lemon is also full of antioxidants that fight against inflammation, leading to pain relief.
Here is how to make this powerful juice:
- 8 carrots
- 1/2 cup of pineapple
- 1 lemon
- 4 stalks of celery
Cut up all of the ingredients and blend them in a juicer.
Drink regularly and enjoy all the benefits!