Joint pain can truly make your life a lot worse. It can be caused by a host of things, like stress, arthritis or injuries, but no matter the cause, the pain can be a real blight on your day. Your joints are obviously critical to the movement of your limbs, and not being able to move your arms or legs without significant pain can really affect your quality of life in a negative way. Painkillers can be a solution, but these often come with side effects that you’d rather not deal with. Especially when there are natural alternatives that can help relieve the pain, too.
If you’re experiencing joint pain, aim for about 2 litres of water a day. Don’t bother with all the vitamin water that you can buy in stores: your body will get rid of all the extra stuff they put in there and these companies usually add sugar to their drinks.
Tart Cherry Juice
Usually, the juice is discouraged for people suffering from joint pain. It contains a lot of sugar, without containing any of the fibre that fruit normally has to slow down the release of sugar into your bloodstream. As such the sugar, a substance that has been shown to be inflammatory is sent into your bloodstream without any regulation.
However, an exception to this rule can be seen in the form of tart cherry juice. It still contains sugar, obviously, but it has also been shown in studies that it reduces inflammation and swelling. As such, it’s great for relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
We have some great news for wine lovers, because red wine is actually a good drink to get rid of joint pain. Of course, alcohol is somewhat of a natural painkiller, but not a very healthy one and as such it’s not advised to use it in that way.
However, red wine contains a substance called resveratrol, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking one to two glasses of red wine a day can reduce the risk of developing joint diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re looking for an alcohol-free way to enjoy these benefits, red grapes and red grape juice contain resveratrol, too.
Moreover, green tea also contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin 3-gallate which can bolster and protect your bones and the surrounding cartilage. Combine these two effects, and you might just have hit the jackpot when it comes to relieving joint pain.
However, coffee has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. If you want to reap the benefits of coffee, just keep your daily intake below 4 cups, as no negative effects have been found below that level.
Smoothies can be an excellent way to drink fruit without missing out on the vital fibre, which happens when you resort to drinking fruit juice. As such, it’s best to avoid using juice in your smoothies and stick to using ‘regular’ pieces of fruit and maybe even some vegetables. You can add some yogurt for a fresh sour twist and some healthy probiotics as well.
However, it doesn’t really matter how you get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, as long as you get it. This is because they contain a lot of antioxidants, which can combat free radical damage, a major driver of inflammation in the body.
Any drink with ginger, not only ginger tea, will do, but we’d advise you to stick to homemade drinks. That way, you can avoid all the sugar that usually comes with all the drinks that you can buy in the supermarket.
Chicken Bone Broth
However, these substances needn’t be consumed in pill or powder form. Chicken bone broth also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, as it’s found in the cartilage within the bones. It also contains collagen, a crucial element of joint structure, and fights inflammation.
Joint pain isn’t always caused just by things in the joints. Sometimes, you can get rid of the joint pain or at least reduce the pain levels. Milk has often been praised for the amount of calcium it contains, which can strengthen your bones and helps them maintain a healthy densities.
Studies have also shown that drinking milk may prevent gout and slow the progression of osteoarthritis. There is a catch, however. If you have a dietary sensitivity to dairy, milk will more likely exacerbate your knee and joint pain rather than soothe it. In this case, it’s better you try to avoid dairy as much as possible. If you still want to experience the benefits of an increased calcium intake, try eating more leafy veggies and nuts.