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Arthritis & How To Feel Better!

Posted by Debby Franklin on Jan 11, 2019 12:16:51 PM



For many arthritis can be a debilitating disease.  It causes decreased mobility, pain, swelling, stiffness and can limit activities.  The five most common and serious types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid
  • Lupus
The key steps to managing life with arthritis in order to feel better are:
  • Keep active - In this case the saying "use it or lose it" rings true.  The less you do from a physical standpoint, the less mobility and flexibility you will have.
  • Maintain a healthy weight - Additional pounds increase stress on the joints which increases pain.
  • Avoid injuries - Falls and injuries can cause the development of osteoarthritis.
  • Develop strategies and healthy skills - Exercise, eating certain foods and avoiding foods that can cause inflammation can keep the body working better and feeling better.
  • Diet - Eat foods that are anti inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
  • Early diagnosis - Avoid ignoring the symptoms! Establish a plan early on to live a healthy lifestyle.

Foods that fight and block inflammation and offer healthy benefits for combating arthritis are:

  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger 
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Green, black & white tea
  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Water-flushes toxins out of the body!
  • Tart & dark cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red pepper
  • Olives
  • Onions, leeks, shallots
  • Omega-3's found in fatty acid fish; salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Marine Collagen, the building block for cartilage, bones, tendons, ligaments and skin
  • MSM, a natural anti inflammatory that targets joint tissue
  • Glucosamine, aids joint structure and can provide significant pain relief

Foods to avoid that can worsen and cause pain are:

  • Processed and refined
  • Fats and oils that are saturated fat found in meat, butter and cheese
  • Omega 6"s found in corn oil, safflower, soy and vegetable oil
  • Trans fats
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Reduce sugar
  • Moderate consumption of alcohol

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Topics: elder care, senior care, chronic disease, fibromyalgia, Lupus, disabled

Chronic Pain - Foods That Fight Pain

Posted by Debby Franklin on Apr 26, 2013 3:35:00 PM

Chronic Pain, Can the food you eat help reduce and fight chronic pain? Some experts believe it's possible. Chronic pain affects over 116 million American adults which is over a third of the population.  For those who suffer with fibromyalgia or chronic pain, finding relief can be hard. Pain pills reduce the suffering but they address the symptoms and not the cause of the pain. Pain pills can be addictive and produce side effects. The key is to fill your diet with foods that can sustain health and prevent pain.  

Here are anti-inflammatory foods that may help you beat the pain.

  • Ginger - Ginger has been used for thousands of years for all types of ailments.  Ginger is a traditional stomach soother, helps with nausea, seasickness, offers relief from migraines, arthritis pain, and muscle aches.  Ginger has properties that are similar to ibuprofen.  
  • Cherries - Cherries block inflammation and inhibit pain enzymes just like aspirin.  Cherries can help with arthritis and muscle pain caused by exercise.
  • Sage - Sage has been shown to boost memory and help to reduce swelling.  It can also help a scratchy and irritated throat by sipping on a tea made from brewed sage leaves.
  • Turmeric - Turmeric has been know to help achy joints and colitis. Turmeric speeds up digestion and helps protect the body from tissue destruction and preserves good nerve cell function.
  • Leafy Greens - These are packed with chlorophyll and vitamin K which slows the body's production of pain-triggering hormones.  A study shows that older adults with ample levels of K were less likely to develop osteoarthritis.
  • Omega-3s - Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold water oily fish, flax seeds, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, avocados, and nuts.  These have been linked to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, relieve back pain, improve blood flow and decrease inflammation.  Omega-3s are also an excellent source of protein and antioxidants.  
  • Coffee - Coffee can provide relief from headaches and provide more antioxidants than a serving of berries.  
  • Green Tea - Green tea has been used for centuries for a variety of medicinal purposes.  It is an excellent source of polyphenols which may help to reduce free radicals which can cause inflammation.
  • Hot Peppers & Sauce - Hot peppers and sauce stimulate nerve endings and deplete a chemical that relays pain signals.  Hot peppers and sauce can boost your immune system and help you fight colds and the flu.  It also yields pain-fighting benefits that can provide relief for arthritis. 
  • Onions - This vegetable's rich store of sulfur is a mineral that plays a key role in the repair of damaged tissues.
  • Shrimp - An amino acid in shrimp dilates blood vessels which increases the flow of nutrient-rich blood to damaged tissues and helps the body flush  a pain-triggering waste product.
  • White Beans - The minerals in white beans help dial down the activity of pain nerves, reducing muscle and joint pain.  
  • Mint - The menthol is peppermint helps prevent muscle spasms. Peppermint oil effectively helps treat irritable bowel syndrome.  The oil is also useful for relieving headaches.  
Of course no fruit, vegetable, or herb by itself can alleviate and combat your chronic pain without undergoing a lifestyle change and diet pattern that will include healthy nutritious foods on a regular basis.  Fast food and junk food create ultimate long term health issues.  Start by taking slow steps; eliminate one bad food item per week from your diet by exchanging it with a healthy fresh, good for your food.  Cut back on eating out and make gradual steps to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.  As always with anything that pertains to your health and your individual needs, consult with your health care professional to determine what foods and diet are right for you.

Topics: Heart Disease, stroke, chronic disease, Chronic Pain, fibromyalgia