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The primary causes of joint pain are lack of adequate lubrication, from deterioration of joint tissue and cartilage, and inflammation caused by the immune systems response to foreign substances in the joints.
Whether your joint pain is caused from arthritis, injuries, bursitis or other health problems, the first place to look for natural joint pain remedies is what you put into your body every day.
Is you diet contributing to the pain in your joints?
The SAD, or standard American diet that most Americans eat is filled with a lot of what experts call poisons to the body. Natural remedies for joint pain should start with eliminating sugar
Refined Sugar is one of those poisons. This includes refined sugar of all forms. High fructose corn syrup is considered the worst by many experts, but avoiding all forms of sugar, even honey and molasses, though they do have nutrients table sugar doesn't, should be avoided.
The only sugar your body should consume is in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eliminating sugar from your diet is one of the most important natural remedies for joint pain.
How sugar contributes to inflammation
sugar in the digestive system can interfere with the molecular composition of minerals, which are needed to help the enzymes break down the protein. When this occurs the enzymes aren't able to fully digest the protein, causing undigested protein molecules to get absorbed into the bloodstream. When these molecules get to the joints it causes inflammation and pain.Trans fats There has been a lot of news about how synthetic trans fats, (those found in processed food, not naturally occurring as in grass fed beef.) have a negative effect on the health of the body when consumed. A study showed one of these effects is inflammation, potentially worsening arthritis and joint pain.
Processed foods (foods packaged in bags, boxes or cans) are often high in sugar and trans fats, even if the ingredients say 0 trans fats, it is allowed a small amount. For this reason, one of the natural remedies for joint pain is avoiding processed food.
Foods cooked at high temperatures- this would be fried, smoked, pasteurized, grilled or food baked at high temperatures, they produce substances called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) which are toxic to the body and cause inflammation.
Choose to steam, stew or poach your cooked food to avoid the inflammation from AGEs
Other things to consider are food allergies. Even if you don't have a noticeable reaction to any food, you might have a mild sensitivity that could cause inflammation and make joint pain worse.
The seven worst foods for inflammation observed by Dr Klaper are chicken and egg whites, wheat protein, beef, soy, corn, nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplants, green peppers)
Consider an elimination diet to find out if you are allergic to any of the food above.
Consume more omega 3 fatty acids for a better omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio. Omega 3s reduce inflammation while omega 6s promote it. A good ratio of O6 to O3 is said to be 5:1 or lower. Most people today have a ratio of 20-50 to 1, with too many omega 6 fats from the oils used in processed foods today, causing many health problems.
Avoid vegetable oils (sunflower, safflower and corn) and grain fed beef because they are high in omega 6 fatty acids. Most food manufacturers use vegetable oils in their products because they are cheaper.
Plant sources of omega 3s include green leafy vegetables like spinach, flax seeds and chia seeds. Walnuts are a good source too but they also contain high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids.
Use olive oil for salads and uncooked food, but for cooking try coconut oil, it's more stable at high temperatures, meaning it wont oxidize easily at high temperatures. coconut oil can also help ease arthritis symptoms.
Add more animal-based Omega3 fatty acids to your die. Eat more fatty fish. Mackerel,
Trout, Herring, Tuna and Salmon have some of the highest amount of omega
3s. Grass fed beef is also a good option over grain-fed beef for more omega 3 fatty acids.
Consider taking a quality fish oil supplement as another one of the natural remedies for joint pain. Some people suffering from arthritis have stopped taking their pain medication after they started taking fish oil.
A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day is another natural remedy for joint pain. It dissolves calcium and other acids that build up around the joints making it a good remedy for gout.
Its antibacterial and antioxident properties also helps reduce inflammation.
Be aware consuming high amounts of apple cider vinegar over a long period of time can promote potassium loss and osteoporosis.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is a high quality brand, unpasteurized with the mother in it, giving it more nutrients than other brands.
If you don't like the taste of vinegar water, Apple Cider Vinegar capsules is another good option, just be careful drink enough water so the capsule doesn't get stuck in your throat and burn in your esophagus.
More information on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Make walking, bicycling or other exercise a part of your daily activities.
These benefits include increased strength and mass in muscles and tendons, increased blood flow and cardiovascular health, reduced inflammation and increased lubrication therefore reduced pain, more flexibility and mobility, more energy and less fatigue and a better outlook on life.
Strength bearing exercises like weight lifting have also proven to increase bone density in those with osteoarthritis.Other beneficial exercises include running, walking, cycling and swimming. Health experts have concluded an exercise program should be included in daily activity of joint- pain sufferer to help manage pain and other symptoms.
1. If you are over weight, losing those excess pounds can help relieve symptoms.
Every day activities can put more than five times your body weight on joints, especially hips, knees and ankles. Some wheel chair-bound arthritis sufferers have been healed to the point of not needing their wheel chair by losing weight.
2. Dr. Joseph Mercola found most of his 3,000 arthritis patients had a Vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D is important for many functions of the body including bone health and hormone production, both can impact joint health.
The best way to get vitamin D is to spend at least 15-30 minutes in the sun several times a week with plenty of skin exposed to convert the sun rays to vitamin D in your body.
Good food sources include wild salmon, liver, egg yolk and canned fish.
3. Reduce your salt intake
A person can get the needed sodium in their diet without adding salt, in fact if you eat a lot of processed food you are probably getting too much salt from that alone.
Limiting salt intake is better for cardiovascular health and it can limit the loss of calcium in the bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
4. Get plenty of vitamin C
Not only does vitamin C help build tissues but as an antioxidant it helps relieve inflammation. people with adequate levels of vitamin C are less likely to develop arthritis.
It's best to get vitamin C from whole foods rather than supplements since it is a complex of several nutrients. Blueberries, strawberries and citrus fruits are some excellent sources.
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