Arthritis Pain Relief
Arthritis pain relief is a real and genuine requirement that any
arthritis sufferer will tell you all about, or you will be very aware of the need for it if you, yourself are an arthritis sufferer.
Some people say they need pain relievers on a daily basis, others have "flare-ups" with relatively little pain in-between.
Which ever one of these people you are, we are going to take a look at the various natural ways of helping you ease arthritis pain and discomfort.
Before we start on the pain relievers we are just quickly going to explain what osteothritis is.
What is Osteoarthritis
- Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that develops as a result
of wear and tear of the cartilage in a joint, creating those knobbly
reminiscent of our grandparents. These gnarled joints are at some
point most definitely in need of arthritis pain
- What actually happens is that the cartilage in the joints provides a nice smooth surface for bones to slide across,
allowing painless and easy movement.
- When the cartilage is worn away due to wear and tear
or damage, the bones then almost start grinding together causing pain
and stiffness, especially during damp weather or the morning after
- Some forms of arthritis can be reversible, and in
some cases curable, with proper diet and lifestyle changes. These simple
changes can not only relieve the inflammation and pain but can also
stop degeneration and rejuvenate the affected joints.
As we embark on the journey of arthritis pain relief we have to realize and understand that the time has come to consider what we eat and to appraise and weigh up what we don't eat.
And here you are thinking that you are destined to the rest of your life on pain killers - well think again!!
Firstly, just a little bit of information antioxidants.
Oxidation is what produces free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are molecules out there looking for trouble and are known to play a role in joint damage.
Natural antioxidants help to combat free radicals, and by so doing suppress inflammation along the way.
- Most fresh fruit and vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants which help fight degenerative diseases.
- Lycopene is one of these antioxidants and is found in tomatoes and other red fruit and vegetable.
- Oranges are rich in the antioxidant beta-cryptoxanthin as well as watermelon oranges, papaya and red bell peppers.
- And remember the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", well it's true, eat those apples, they are really good for you.
- Oxidants called carotenoids are found in brightly colored yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. Cook them or eat them raw, juice them but whatever you do EAT them.
- Invest in a smoothie maker and concoct your own smoothies to get a combination of these fruits and vegetables in a single glass, delicious!
Our little miracle garlic clove, is not only an all round wonder herb that helps for a multitude of ailments, but is also considered as one of the natural remedies for arthritis.... but why is it good for Arthritis?
- Because it contains compounds called phenolic compounds or polyphenols which are antioxidants.
- Phenolics also promote the production of an amino acid (if you are interested - called gluthathione) that is believed to be the body's most potent detoxifier.
High levels of Copper
- It has been found that many people with arthritis have high levels of copper and iron in their bodies.
- Histidine is an amino acid which is good for removing these metals for the body.
- Foods containing this amino acid are rice, wheat and rye.
- iron is a mineral of interest for been involved in pain, swelling and joint destruction.
- So rather avoid supplements or multivitamins containing iron.
- Consume iron in foods instead.
- Foods such as molasses, brocolli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, fish and lima beans contain iron naturally.
- Pineapples have been used as a traditional treatment and natural remedies for arthritis since the year dot.
- Now scientific interest has centered on the fact that the fresh pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain and that bromelain is known as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce the swelling and inflammation of painful conditions such as osteoarthritis.
- Pineapple is also a rich source of Vitamin C, also necessary for collagen formation. The pineapple contains more Vitamin C than do apples, cranberries, or tomato juice.
- Sulfur is found in every cell in our bodies.
- It is needed for the repair and rebuilding of bone, cartilage and connective tissue.
- Sulfur also aids in the absorption of calcium.
- Eat the sulfur containing foods such as asparagus, eggs, garlic and onions.
Foodstuff to avoid like the Plague
- Saturated Fats found in red meat, cheese, butter and deep fried foods should be avoided at all times.
- These fats are not only a problem for heart diseases, but it is believed that they may worsen inflammation for those suffering from arthritis.
- Replace saturated fats with plant based fats like olive oil for cooking and salad dressings, and snack on nuts for healthy fat.
- Control your sugar intake, especially refined sugar. High blood sugar can increase cortisol levels in the body which in turn can influence inflammation.
- And your sodium intake must be limited. Speak to any arthritis specialist who will tell you that the body requires only 500 mg of salt per day for normal functioning.
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