DID YOU KNOW? Most of the prescription medicines for achey joints like ibuprofen, naproxen, and other anti-inflammatory medicines can be harsh on your body, affecting your liver and stomach. Adapting your lifestyle and taking harm-free measures might be a better long term strategy or may greatly limit the amount of medication you need. If you are taking medication, check with your health advisor or doctor before taking additional herbal options.
There are so many reasons joints get stiff or sore or creaky. Rather than fixate on the reasons, simply choose to feel amazing by following all the healthy joint advice you can fit into your lifestyle. We look at simple daily habits that make a huge difference like natural supplements, movement, mind and body correlation, diet and lifestyle changes. Sometimes, all it takes is to make your body more alkaline or to adapt your diet slightly. Here's to having excellent mobility, feeling free and fluid and having the ability to move whichever way you want without feeling any restriction.
Some say you'll never need any other medicine if you take turmeric every day. It's particularly good for stiff and painful joints and is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric has been said to have an equal effect to the over-the-counter Ibuprofen but obviously with no side effects. Lately, we've seen a number of turmeric based beverages from teas to smoothies and kefir mixes, which makes it easy to get our daily dose. There are also a number of curcumin based supplements you can take. If you are making up your own brew, add ginger and bromelain (from pineapple) to make it extra effective and to help with pain relief.
Cayenne is great as an external application or taken internally. It's available in capsule form or can be purchased as a spice and added to a teaspoon of honey (find an organic brand). It also works well topically. Repeated topical applications of cayenne pepper has been shown to reduce arthritis pain significantly. For a topical balm, mix 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper with 1/2 cup of cocoa butter, lanolin, or coconut oil. Rub it directly onto the sore joint. Another option is to mix 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and soak sore hands or feet for 20 minutes to reduce pain and inflammation.
3. Pectin & Grape Juice
Pectin, found in the cells of many plants, is believed to relieve fluid buildup in arthritic joints. This, added to grape juice can be beneficial to those with inflammation and joint pain. Grape juice has loads of antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which are credited for their effect on reducing inflammation. When choosing both of these ingredients make sure you get the best quality, free from additives, natural and organic. Mix 1/2 cup of grape juice with 2 tablespoons pectin. Dilute this mixture with water if you like. Drink this twice a day for at least 6 weeks.
Licorice inhibits the enzyme production involved in the inflammatory process and so has a natural anti-inflammatory effect. It also decreases free radicals at the site of inflammation and eases pain and frequency of arthritis flare-up's. Glycyrrhizin is the important component in licorice that acts on inflammation by monitoring the body's cortisol release. Look out for licorice in supplement form, you can also find it in tea, tinctures or sold as confectionary. If you opt for confectionary, make sure it is sugar free and contains licorice not just licorice flavourant. Licorice is not recommended for people with high blood pressure but is beneficial for low blood pressure.
Most people know that Omega-3s are important for a strong immune system, but Omegas also help fight inflammation. Because animal fats are best avoided if you are prone to inflammation, flaxseed is an excellent vegan source of Omega-3 fatty acid. Buy a good quality flaxseed, keep it in the fridge and use your grinder or nutri-bullet to grind up small quantities at a time. Have two tablespoons a day. You can sneak it into almost anything ' oats, muesli, salad dressing, yoghurt or even sprinkle it into your soup, sauce or stew.
6. Stinging Nettle
This plant, although it has fine hairs that irritate the skin, when placing whole leaves on the affected area of the skin, is believed to interfere with pain receptors and add relief. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect. Stinging nettles have a multitude of beneficial components that are easily absorbed by the body. Vitamins A, B
complex, C and D alongside protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, and a host of minerals like boron and silicon. It is a renowned herbal remedy for all types of arthritis and gout. Take stinging nettle as a tea, capsule or tincture, apply the leaves directly on the skin or mash them up into a poultice.
With a stiff achey body you may feel like avoiding any form of exercise but movement is just what you need. If you have a severe condition, swimming or moving around in water is the best option. Mild yoga or Pilates or light weights will strengthen the muscles around the joints and help your body be more effective. Circulation is key and whether it's Tai Chi, Qiqong, walking, dancing or cycling, make sure you are active in some way. If you are totally immobile then regular massage is a must.
8. Eating & Alkalinity
Many foods help reduce inflammation and swelling. Flax seed, nuts and fatty fish, have inflation fighting Omega-3s. Other great sources to add to your shopping list are include blueberries, kelp, horseradish, mustard, garlic, onions, watercress, parsley, celery, pickles, lemon, and rose-hip tea. Keeping an alkaline diet is one of the most effective things you can do. Download a list of alkaline foods and eat most of your food from that list.
Meditation & Visualisation
There's a definite connection between mind and body and you might want to explore your emotional landscape to see if there's anything that needs work. Metaphysicians like Louise Hay look at ailments in terms of mental patterns of thinking. Stiffness may imply rigid, stiff thinking; arthritis she classifies with feeling unloved, criticism and resentment. These attitude or thinking states can be improved and overcome with healing and through meditation and visualization.
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