Are your knees killing you right now? Do your hips ache every time you get up from a chair…or sit in a chair for too long? Perhaps throbbing elbows make it hard to pick up your groceries or a cherished child. If you experience this on a regular basis, we have important news for you.
Here it is: an anti-inflammatory diet can make a huge difference in your joint pain. Inflammation is an immune response that can sometimes go awry, causing more problems than it solves. Chronic inflammation is painful and shows up in all the major causes of joint pain, including injury, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and more.
If your joint pain is chronic, you may be relying on some form of analgesic pain reliever to get through the day. However, it is not great for your body to take these all the time; there are troubling side effects associated. But if you adopt an anti-inflammatory diet, you can reduce your pain naturally and ultimately take a lot less pain meds. The following 7 foods are tasty additions to your diet that can do just that, and some of them – like #5, 6 & 7 – go really great together!
The phrase “eat the rainbow” refers to getting a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables in your diet (not Skittles). That’s because the more colorful the food, the more antioxidants it typically contains. A prime example is cherries. They get their vibrant red hue from a category of antioxidants called anthocyanins.
Because antioxidants can bind with free radicals that may be triggering inflammation, eating cherries has been shown in studies to reduce this inflammation and the pain it causes. Cherries, especially the tart variety, may also curtail flare-ups of gout, which is a form of arthritis that causes hard crystals to develop in the lining of joints.