Lifestyle: Foods That Can Prevent Joint Pain

If you are a fan of Teeter, you know that we are proponents of treating the root cause of a problem instead of covering it up. Our state of health comes down to how we take care of our bodies – a healthy lifestyle requires a holistic perspective that includes addressing state of mind, lifestyle, exercise and proper nutrition. If you are suffering from joint pain, inversion is a wonderful way to temporarily relieve pain and help improve your overall health – but don’t forget their are other tools in your arsenal that can help with joint health, namely food choices.

Foods High in Omega-3

Omega-3 Fatty Acids (and their Omega-6 cousins) have been darlings of the health and fitness world for the past five years or so, and with good reason. Clinical studies have shown that patients who incorporate omega-3 fatty acids in their diet had less joint pain and more than half were able to reduce or discontinue their use of anti-inflammatory medication. Foods rich with omega-3′s are wild salmon and grass-fed bison and beef. Walnuts, flax seeds and small fatty fish like sardines are also great ways to get your daily dose.

Citrus

Go crazy with the clementines and don’t be afraid to add half a grapefruit to your breakfast because citrus fruits have also been linked to reducing inflammation and therefore reducing joint pain. Their high Vitamin-C content not only helps relieve joint pain but can help keep your immune system strong. Berries, peppers and spinach also have high concentrations of Vitamin-C and can help promote collagen formation.

Go Herbal

Next time you are cooking dinner, consider adding ginger or turmeric to your meal to help reduce joint pain. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties from the compound gingerols, and turmeric is said to relieve stiffness in joints and relieve symptoms of arthritis.

Pineapple

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps clean up the dead cells within our body, according to Jennifer Grossman, Vice President of the Dole Nutrition Institute. Pineapple is the only natural source of this enzyme and could potentially help you recover more quickly from injuries or soreness. It also is a good source of manganese which can promote bone density – an important factor as you age.

Food or Supplements?

While it may seem easiest to simply take an array of pills that contain all of these vitamins, enzymes and acids, nutritionists often encourage getting these nutrients in their most natural forms, food. The way our bodies interact with these vital components is still not well understood in the scientific field, and consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts is still one of the best ways to ensure a well-rounded diet and a healthy body rather than simply relying on supplements to replace these nutrients.

 
Sources:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=84
http://www.livestrong.com/article/255540-foods-for-joint-pain/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/286395-food-for-sore-joints/
http://www.creationsmagazine.com/articles/C107/Grossman.html
 
Photos:
Walnut image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericabreetoe/6638086483/
Grapefruit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/5456511612/
Pineapple: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yto/4258022291/

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