The problem with joint pain is it creates a vicious cycle. It holds people back from staying active, which can cause weight gain. The additional weight then puts even more pressure on the joints, causing more pain. This only further discourages joint pain patients from exercise and so the cycle continues.
However, simple changes in diet can not only help with weight gain, but some foods can even help build cartilage and reduce some inflammation of the joints. Follow these easy steps to help reduce your joint pain.
- Reduce your calorie intake
Cutting calories can help you manage your weight or even reduce your weight, which in turn will put less stress on your joints.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but bear in mind most fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants, which work to protect cells from additional damage. Some fruits and veggies, including strawberries, apples, shallots and onions contain antioxidants that have been known to reduce inflammation.
- Eat fish to load up on those Omega-3 fatty acids
Certain types of fish contain with Omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation. Eat servings of salmon, mackerel, herring or tuna anywhere between 2 to 4 servings per week to help decrease stiffness and help with your joint pain.
- Use olive oil
Rather than using butter or other types of fats when cooking, substitute them with olive oil. Studies have shown olive oil contains oleocanthal, a compound that has been proven to reduce inflammation. Olive oils with the strongest flavor tend to have higher amounts of this compound, so go big when selecting your olive oil.
- Lower your cooking temperatures
Cooking meat at higher temperatures creates advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are compounds that actually cause more inflammation. You can reduce your AGEs intake by cutting down on fried, broiled, or even microwaved meats.
There are many different types of joint pain management options ranging from pain medications to physical therapy and even surgery. One non-surgical option to help manage pain is the Arthrokinex joint health program.
Arthrokinex not only includes Interleukin 1-RA injections, but also lifestyle, nutrition and exercise programs developed to helping patients live whole, complete, lives without debilitating joint pain.
The Arthrokinex Joint Health Program is a joint treatment program that has been clinically proven to reduce joint pain in up to 80 percent of patients.