5 Ways You Can Cure Your Joint Pain and Inflammation at Home!
I have fought against joint pain and inflammation. I had a knee problem for several years, which sometimes swelled, but with very mild discomfort. But when I was in the worst case, I limited my ability to go hiking with my partner and the pain kept me up all night. Frustrating, right? Do you have the same problems as me? If so, here are some easy and effective home remedies for joint pain and inflammation.
5 Natural Remedies to Reduce Joint Pain and Inflammation:
1. Discard Allergies:
When I started studying nutrition, I was amazed at the impact that food allergies can have on those little aches and pains that we often overlook. I think the first step in dealing with acute and chronic pain is to rule out allergens, since it is likely that the root problem can be cut by doing a very simple allergen test. It is always better to consult your doctor. Many of the foods included in this article may be in contradiction with some medications. Therefore, when undergoing an allergen test, be sure to have a conversation with your doctor.
2. Reduce Inflammatory Foods:
Now, if going the route of an allergen test is not something you want to do, you may want to experiment with foods that are known to be inflammatory. Here are the main culprits: Sugar, Dairy, Gluten, Grains, Trans Fats, Artificial Sweeteners, Starches (in excess) and Alcohol.
3. Increase Anti-Inflammatory Foods:
Foods (such as nuts) and fish (such as salmon) are loaded with Omega-3, which will help fight inflammation. Other great sources of anti-inflammatory foods include blueberries, seaweed, horseradish, mustard, garlic, onions, watercress, parsley, celery, pickles, lemon and rosehip tea. And don’t forget to add the most vibrant vegetables to your diet, as they are loaded with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and antioxidant properties that are essential to build and repair tissues. Spices such as turmeric and ginger are known to be natural remedies for pain, so when you are cooking, be sure to add one or both of these ingredients to your meals. I especially love these two ingredients in milkshakes.
It is a known fact that much joint pain can be the result of stagnation in the muscles and joints. Now, starting to run 10 km is not what I would suggest. In fact, I am suggesting light weight training, low impact hiking, pilates or yoga.
“All this really helps to get your joints moving and reduce stiffness and pain”.
Light weight training can also strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joint, providing them with more support.
Normally, I would list a selection of supplements to help reduce pain symptoms and begin the healing process. At the same time, if you are taking medications, there may be certain contradictions that may impede the effectiveness of the medications. So, again, I encourage you to check with your doctor. I would certainly recommend that you start with a high quality multivitamin or mineral supplement, especially if your dietary options have not been the best. Now, this does not imply that you should take supplements and then continue making bad food choices. I no longer personally take a multivitamin, since I always prefer a dish with 75% fresh and vibrant vegetables that provide me with everything I need. As with any protocol to improve health, you also need to observe your diet and lifestyle to make significant and long-term changes. Consider the above steps as a good starting point.