Joint pain is an extremely common, frustrating problem. If you go to your doctor and complain of joint pain, you are often given a prescription medication that just acts band aid solution, and often tends to have other unpleasant side effects, particularly on your digestion. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do from a natural perspective to help address the root cause of the pain and alleviate it.
1. Identify & Remove Any Food Sensitivities
Underlying food sensitivities can cause chronic inflammation in the body – making it more likely for you to experience joint pain. The most common sensitivities include gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, eggs, citrus, sugar and corn. If you suspect a food sensitivity – a temporary elimination diet can help, but you can also seek out a qualified practitioner the offers food sensitivity testing to identify what specific foods might be bothering you.
You might not have thought of something as simple as water, but water hydrates the body and acts as a lubricant, allowing the cartilage surfaces of the bones to slide easily over each other. Certain drinks like coffee, pop, and alcohol are further dehydrating, so consider reducing the consumption of these, and try replacing them with herbal teas, lemon water or just plain water. Aim for around two liters of water per day.
3. Eat Pineapples
In addition to removing the trigger foods, certain foods can be highly beneficial to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which has been shown to reduce pain, stiffness, and improve physical function. Genuine Health’s fast arthritis relief+ contains 200mg of bromelain per dose, which is proven to work in as little as five days.
4. Increase Your Omega 3s
Omega 3 fatty acids, found primarily in fatty fish like anchovies, mackerel and sardines are proven to reduce inflammation, particularly if it stems from autoimmune disease. Omega 3s are considered essential as the body can’t produce them on its own, so you must consume them through food and/or supplementation. Fish oils supplements offer a great source of Omega 3s, but be sure to choose clean, quality supplements from wild sources and aim for a minimum of 1,000mg per day.
5. Try AvoVida®
An ingredient you might not have heard of is called AvoVida®, a combination of soy and avocado lipid fractions. Studies confirm that it could reduce inflammation and promote cartilage production for those suffering from joint pain. The amount you would require is significantly higher than what you could get from simply eating soy or avocado on its own, so I recommend trying it in the fast arthritis relief+ supplement. Even better, AvoVida® also reduces the progression of joint space that is lost during osteoarthritis, helping to treat the root of the problem when it comes to arthritic pain relief.
Mandy King, CNP, NNCP, BCom is a practicing Holistic Nutritionist and the Founder of HEAL (Healthy Eating And Living)