Herbs and juicing for a joint pain diet
Sadly, a joint pain diet is often right down the list of remedies for painful or arthritic joints. Right at the top is usually an anti-inflammatory drug which is understandable, but only dealing with the symptoms.
Joints can wear out just like any mechanical part. Not surprising when you consider the amount of use we put them to over a lifetime. All the more likely for certain types of sportsmen - just ask me about the pounding I gave my knees and ankles during my rugby-playing days.
But there are things that we can do beyond pain-killers. If you could improve osteo-arthritis in your hands, arthritis in the knee, use risky non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs less, even delay hip replacement - would you?
Of course you would.
Here are three ways of slowing the degenerative process, easing the pain and even improving joint mobility. All three together would be a good idea!
● Change your diet
● Consider supplements like Glucosamine
● Consider licensed herbal remedies
Simple dietary changes can vastly improve joint mobility and all-round well-being. Firstly,
reduce or if possible stop eating red meat.
cut down on sugars, coffee, white bread and refined starch
and (as usual!) go easy on alcohol - especially port or sherry.
Instead, step up your consumption of green leafy vegetables and red fruit, especially strawberries. Other fruit should include apples, pears and celery which, like strawberries, help to remove uric acid which prompts gout.
Needless to say, the best way to consume all these fruits and vegetables is by juicing as it's much easier to get the full nutritional value you need two or three times a day.
Supplements could include Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Glucosamine was first developed in the last century to improve the joint mobility of race horses and guess what, it works for humans too!
Here's a study
showing the effect of Glucosamine and Chondroitin on arthritis in the knee.
Green-lipped mussel extract is also known to help.
If the problem is a build up of excess calcium in the joints, grapefruit should be a regular part of your diet. Waste materials such as excess calcium can collect at the joints making them creaky and painful, but grapefruit dissolves them if taken regularly over time.
For herbal remedies, ask your local health store about Yarrow, Prickly Ash Bark, Elderflower, Uva Ursi, Burdock and Clivers. Parsley and Celery Seeds reduce inflammation, contain minerals for bone formation, and also help to eliminate infections from your musculoskeletal system. They are also diuretics to help remove excess fluids.
There's no need to endure all that unnecessary discomfort when there are simple steps you can take to help you to manage it with a joint pain diet.
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