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Thursday, June 25, 2020

What to Eat for Aching Joints

Chronic illnesses like arthritis are often linked to dietary practices.  Research shows that certain foods can actually contribute to arthritic pain.  But on the positive side, recent studies also show that particular foods can alleviate some degree of the pain caused by arthritis.  However, it must be clarified that, far from being "cures," these dietary options offer only temporary relief or act as preventive measures.  Nonetheless, they are well worth investigating.

Teas are known as both detoxifiers and cleansers.  But did you know that they also minimize inflammatory signals that cause arthritic pain?  It is actually advised by doctors to persons who suffer from arthritis to drink more tea.  Moreover, all teas made from tea leaves have much the same effect.  This means it doesn't really matter if you prefer black tea over green tea.  Another drink which has high anti-inflammatory agents is red wine or other grape-based wine.  For those who aren't inclined to drink alcohol, for health or personal reasons, snacking on fresh grapes is also advised since these agents are actually found on grape skins.

Many vegetables are also known to restrict transmissions of pain signals.  Experts even advocate the removal of animal products from your diet to reduce pain and inflammation due to arthritis, but this might be a little extreme and unnecessary, and may exclude some foods (about which we'll soon talk) which might be highly beneficial to arthritis sufferers.  But regarding vegetables, broccoli has glutathione, which is an efficient detoxifier and the body's premiere antioxidant.  Research shows that people with lower glutathione levels are more prone to arthritis than people with higher levels.  It's not a problem if you don't care for broccoli; cauliflower, tomatoes, asparagus, potatoes, and cabbages also have high levels of glutathione. If you're a fruit person, glutathione is also found in watermelon, grapefruit, peaches, oranges, and avocados. Speaking of fruits, pineapples also contain anti-inflammatory agents (namely, the enzyme bromelain) and are known minimize swellings. But among the most beneficial fruits for joint issues is undoubtedly the humble cherry. Cherries are loaded with all manner of nutrients, but they're much celebrated by sufferers of arthritis and gout, for such symptoms the tartest varieties of cherries are generally preferred. When out-of-season acquisition of cherries is a problem, you can buy tart cherry juice, tarty cherry concentrate (like a syrup, but without sugar added), and tart cherry juice extract in capsules. I personally know at least one individual who swears by drinking tart cherry juice for relief of his chronic joint pain.

Recent decades have seen much praise of dietary fish as an anti-inflammatory agent.  Researchers have found that consuming more fish actually reduces risks of developing arthritis in women.  You've almost certainly heard of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish; these fatty acids (oils) tend to limit inflammatory agent production in the human body.  As such, fish diets composed of tuna, mackerel, herring, and other oily fish are therefore recommended for ameliorating arthritis symptoms.  High-potency fish oil supplements are now even prescribed for people who suffer from severe arthritis.

Another source of good fatty acids is olive oil.  Experts recommend cooking vegetables in olive oil.  They found out that compared to raw veggies, those vegetables cooked in olive oil actually produce more anti-inflammatory agents.  Very similarly, coconut oil can be used in place of more conventional cooking oils, as coconut oil is another very healthy oil with strong anti-inflammatory properties all its own.

Maintain a diet abundant in the above-mentioned foods, and you may well minimize the discomfort of arthritis-related pain.  Don't have arthritis?  Start this diet just the same and lower the odds of ending up with it.  After all, no one wants to grow old with aching joints.

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