Reduce Inflammation through Healthy Diet
When you live day to day with permanently stiff and sore joints, it can affect your mental health just as much as your physical health. There are many foods, which can help to improve the pain of arthritic joints, just as there are foods which could be making the situation worse. Arthritis and sore joints are caused by inflammation within the body and by making some positive changes to your diet, your health can greatly improve.
You can help your body fight inflammation by reducing stress, eliminating sugar and processed foods, and getting enough sunshine. Diet is a key part of your inflammation-fighting plan, and some foods have amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
Foods That Inflame
Firstly, look at eliminating foods which are the culprits in increasing inflammation:
- Processed Food – Ready meals, sausages, pies, pasties
- Saturated Fat – Cheese, butter, cream
- Refined Carbohydrates – Cakes, biscuits, white bread, pasta, rice
- Red Meat – Beef, Lamb, Pork
- Fried Foods – Chips, fried chicken, doughnuts
These are the types of foods which should be avoided if you want to lose weight, combat tiredness and fatigue and generally become much healthier. By avoiding these foods, the body has the chance to recuperate and begin to heal; inflammation will calm down and the pain of arthritis will reduce.
Foods That Fight
In addition to disposing of any foods which can cause inflammation, it’s a good idea to fill the body with foods which can fight, giving the system the nutrients and properties it needs to soothe the inflammation.
- Fruit – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries
- Vegetables – Spinach, Kale, Broccoli
- Nuts – Walnuts, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Pistachios
- Beans – Red Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans
- Fish – Salmon, Tuna, Herring, Sardines
When eaten on a regular basis, these foods are able to: lower blood pressure, restrict inflammation and help arthritic pain. They are also of great benefit to the joints and the heart and help with weight loss, which in turn makes a big difference to any soreness felt in the joints.
Our research supported the inclusion of Ginger and Boswellia within our FlexiQule supplement. Ginger works to lower inflammation and in some studies has been shown to reduce pain associated with arthritis. Garlic has long been a folk remedy for colds and illness, and its anti-inflammatory properties are amazing! Garlic contains sulfur compounds that stimulate your immune system to fight disease.