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Reduce Joint Inflamation

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Don’t take your mobility for granted and NO, we are not talking about the one standing in the driveway! Only when joint pain limits us from doing certain exercises or hamper our daily lifestyle, do we appreciate unencumbered free movement. Most of the time joint pain is caused by inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and that can lead to bone loss.

Note that we are not discussing Osteo Arthritis as Osteo arthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone.

There are fairly easy obtainable natural products that will bring relief to the sufferer of joint inflammation and Arthritis, but we will address that at another time.

Certain foods and additives can trigger or worsen inflammation of the joints. Rather to endorse what you can and should eat, the list of what to avoid or cut down on, is much shorter! (Phew!)

  1. Lower your AGE’s: No, not the number of birthdays celebrated. Advanced glycation end product(AGE), is a toxin that appears when foods are heated, grilled, fried, or pasteurized. This damage certain proteins in your body & your body (amazing little thing that it is…) try to break these AGEs apart by using cytokines. (inflammatory messengers) Arthritis or other forms of inflammation may then result. So what to do? Cook less food at high temperatures of course! Some people will be happy to know that less char-grilled meat is better for you.
  2. Eat Less Processed and Fried food: Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine examined disease prevention through diet. Findings showed that “cutting back on the consumption of fried and processed foods, such as fried meats and prepared frozen meals, can reduce inflammation and actually help restore the body’s natural defences.” Go fresh! Heap for more Fresh fruit and vegetables on that plate, will you?
  3. Reduce the Dairy: Too much Dairy in your diet may contribute to arthritis pain due to the type of protein they contain. This protein may irritate the tissue around the joints. (Going Vegan is also an option, but that is entirely up to you!) Try to obtain the bulk of your protein from sources from vegetables, like spinach, nut butters, tofu, beans, lentils, and quinoa.
  4. Slow down on the Salt: Excess consumption of salt may result in inflammation of the joints. Salt is a preservative and therefore it makes sense the processed food and microwave heat and eat foods will be higher in sodium content. So even if it may increase your shopping time, your joints will thank you for scanning those labels.
  5. Avoid too much Alcohol and Tobacco: Healthy joints require a balanced diet, physical activity, and an adequate amount of rest—all of which can be compromised by alcohol and tobacco use. Cut back on drinking and smoking and ramp up your eating habits with healthy choices, regular exercise, and good quality sleep.
  6. Switch the O’s: Omega-6 fatty acids, such as found in corn and other oils may trigger inflammation. Replace foods containing omega-6 fatty acids with healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 alternatives such as olive oil, nuts, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Coconut oil does not contain either, is a medium chain fatty chain acid source, but is a much healthier option.
  7. Cut on Refined Carbs and Sugars: High amounts of sugar in the diet result in an increase in AGEs, which, as discussed earlier, can result in inflammation. Go slow on the sweets, processed foods, white flour baked goods, and sodas.
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