Arthritis sufferers everywhere, in search of helpful ways to alleviate that all-too-familiar joint pain, swelling and stiffness, this article is for you.
Read on for some natural solutions and things you should avoid to get rid of your arthritis symptoms.
What You Need
Exercise is a Secret Weapon – Though it may not initially make sense, when arthritis pain flares up and sets your joints on fire, so to speak, exercise may be just the thing you need. A study of over 100 arthritis patients who suffered from arthritis in their knees provides some evidence of this fact. In the study, half of them were monitored while undergoing a walking regimen, while the other half didn’t change their daily habits (including no exercise).
In eight weeks’ time, those who did the walking program testified of much less pain and a decrease in the amount of pain medicine they had to take. They were also able to walk farther and with little or less pain than they had at the start.
Cayenne Pepper for Pain? – Cayenne is a powerful herb or spice that has many health benefits, but notably relieves chronic pain – such as that experienced by arthritis sufferers. The primary active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin, which prevents pain impulses from reaching the brain and stimulates the production of the brain’s feel-good endorphins.
As a result, patients feel less pain and may even feel a sense of euphoria like you would feel after a vigorous workout.
Green Tea for Prevention – Research shows that green tea may both stop the onset of arthritis and reduce the severity of its symptoms. This is believed to be because the antioxidants called polyphenols that are found in green tea have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Celery is a Must-Have – Celery is a surprisingly strong defense against arthritis. Each seed contains at least 12 compounds which defend against inflammation, and all it takes is about 4 stalks a day for continual protection from inflammation.
Berry, Berry Good – Berries are your friend if you suffer with arthritis. Fruits like cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc. taste great and help to reduce swelling associated with arthritis.
Soothe the Burn – Onions and garlic make a great pair of opponents against arthritis. Their high sulfuric content absorbs toxins that can irritate and inflame joints. They also taste great together to spice up your food right where you need them.
What You Should Avoid
Say No to These Veggies (Yes, Veggies) – Achy joints could be the result of piling up your plate with vegetables from the so-called nightshade family, including potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. All of these foods contain solanine, an inflammatory agent that can make arthritis inflammation much worse.
Choose Your Oils Wisely – Though arthritis sufferers do need oil to keep their joints lubricated and flexible, certain oils may do more harm than good. Corn and peanut oils are full of arachidonic acid, which the body naturally produces when inflammation is present. Consequently, these oils are counterproductive and may worsen your symptoms. Instead of corn and peanut oils, use flaxseed and evening primrose oils for their omega-3 fatty acid reinforcements, which is great for arthritis.
Wheat Woes – All wheat-based products (like breads and pastas) contain gluten, which can set off allergies and cause inflammation – something arthritis patients definitely don’t need.
Be good to yourself, keep your joints lubricated with healthy oils and plenty of water, stay active and watch out for these inflammation triggers and your arthritis should be more manageable.