Are you suffering from nagging joint pain that would just refuse to go away? Age-related muscular and bone degeneration is the bitter truth of life. One cannot really outdo it; however, a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet may help delay its onset. Our bones, joints, cartilage and the connective tissues are subjected to great pressure and are highly prone to wear and tear. If you happen to have been experiencing joint pain lately, it is imperative to investigate the underlying reason and seek medical help immediately. In general, joint pain can be the outcome of any of the following:
- Excessive weight gain that puts pressure on the weight bearing joints
- Inadequate vitamin D and calcium levels
- Previous injury
- Lack of exercise
- Conditions like arthritis, etc
- Over-exertion on a particular joint
Apart from the above mentioned reasons, your diet can also make your body respond in a manner that could lead your joints to hurt. Food items that can trigger inflammation may cause trouble in people prone to joint issues. “An allergy or intolerance to particular foods could be a contributing factor to joint pain. Pinpointing the culprit foods can be difficult, but common suspects include dairy products, eggs and cereals. Scientific evidence suggests that a diet deficient in antioxidants, particularly vitamins A,C and E and the mineral selenium may also predispose some people to joint problems,” as mentioned in Maggie Pannell’s book The Detox Cookbook and Health Plan. Excessive consumption of processed food items and sugar has often been tied to triggering joint issues.
2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Foods rich in omega 3 – including fish, nuts, dairy and eggs – are excellent for treating joint pain. Their anti-inflammatory properties work like magic.
3. Herbs and Spices
4. Fruits and Berries