Arthritis is a serious health problem that affects over 55 million American adults. It can be of 100 different forms, and the most common types include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), gout, and fibromyalgia.
Yet, all of them are characterized by an intense, hot, throbbing joint pain, that aggravates everyday life.
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS says:
“Apart from nagging pain and loss of mobility, arthritis can also cause various complications. And unfortunately, most conventional treatments for arthritis don’t address its underlying causes — plus they can cause dependency long term and pose many side effects. “
When it comes to the prescription medications for arthritis, WebMD claims that they work for 2 out of every 3 arthritis sufferers, and what’s more, “…the drugs are expensive, they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month.”
Due to this, most of the elderly decide to take high doses of over-the-counter meds which have been linked to various side effects, ranging from headaches and dizziness to liver failure.
“Natural treatments for arthritis include eating an anti-inflammatory arthritis diet, staying active and mobile, receiving chiropractic adjustments or massage therapy and using healing essential oils to help control pain.”
Food is one of the most powerful ways to safely treat arthritis. According to The Brisbane Clinic of Nutritional Medicine, “Diet has been strongly implicated as a cause and therapy for many forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, this aspect is often overlooked and underestimated.”
The first step is to avoid foods that trigger inflammatory or allergic bodily response, such as wheat, corn, dairy, red meats, beef, and nightshade vegetables.
The following 5 are the most potent foods to help you relieve arthritis pain:
Eggs are loaded with protein that raises the levels of tryptophan in the blood. This brain chemical stabilizes mood and relieves pain, and increases endorphin levels in the brain and body!
You can also find it in turkey, cheese, salmon, pineapples, tofu, seeds, and nuts.
Apples are rich in two powerful bioflavonoids, quercetin and rutin, which inhibit the histamine release, fight inflammation, promote cellular health, and improve blood circulation.
Other sources of these bioflavonoids include onions, green peppers, capers, citrus fruits, chamomile tea, celery, cranberries.
3. Cold water fish
Cold water fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and contain marine fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which suppress the body’s inflammatory response.
The best sources of these marine fatty acids include mackerel, tuna, salmon, and sardines, as well as soy, kale, chia seeds, flaxseed.
Lamb is rich in zinc, and the Arthritis Association claims that “Studies show significantly lower zinc levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared to those without it.”
You can also consume other zinc-rich foods like red meat, seafood, poultry, whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds, and fortified cereals.
Almonds are the most abundant source of vitamin E at 7.3 milligrams (mg) per ounce, which promotes the growth of cartilages and stabilizes cell membranes. Other sources of this vitamin include sunflower seeds, avocados, spinach, sweet potatoes, wheat germ, palm oil, butternut squash.
Dr. Axe also advises:
“Most experts consider movement an essential part of any arthritis treatment plan, even stating that it’s “the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in patients with osteoarthritis.”
Regular activity has been shown to help lower inflammation, regulate hormones and can even help prevent unnecessary replacement surgeries.
Aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise every week. Exercises that are most appropriate for people with arthritis include:
- daily stretches for improved range of motion and flexibility
- brisk walking for cardiovascular and immune benefits
- aerobic exercises for building strength and endurance, including aquatic exercises, walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming or using the elliptical machine
- strength training using light weights, cables or your own body weight exercises for resistance”
Therefore, follow these simple tips to relieve the arthritis pain and the accompanying symptoms, before you turn to prescribed medications and over-the-counter drugs, and you will be positively surprised by the effects.