Joints are natural shock absorbers for the body that are cushioned by cartilage and supported by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Joint pain can be one of the most bothersome and debilitating conditions that can happen to one’s body.
Many people associate joint pain and arthritis with the old age, but truth is, even though the elderly are the most susceptible to these problems, young people can experience them too. Aging, injury, repetitive motion, obesity, among other things can result in joint pain.
If you are experiencing joint pain and are seeing a doctor, these are some natural tips you could try at home along with your doctor’s treatment to help relieve the pain… or help keep it at bay.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Yeah, yeah… we’ve heard it all before. “Eat better, exercise more and keep a healthy lifestyle” are just some of the suggestions doctors give you and they are right.
A low-fat, low-cholesterol diet with plenty of complex carbs, usually found in vegetables and healthy grains help reduce the fatty deposits in the arteries that supply blood to the joints, allowing more oxygen to flow through.
Natural juices like black cherry or pineapple juice are great for joint pain due to their rich source of bromelain enzyme, which can help with inflammation. Try carrot, celery or cabbage juice as well, results vary from person to person.
Other natural foods that help with inflammation are Omega-3, black currant seed oil, flax seed, borage oil and fish oil. They are useful due to their essential fatty acids.
If you are unable to consume all of the vitamins needed to help with joint pain through foods, don’t be afraid of buying them at the drug store.
Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Copper and Zinc are only some of the minerals that can help with joint pain.
Did you know that herbalists have described Wild Cucumber Bark as “the best plant for treating rheumatism and arthritis?”
You can create an herbal remedy right at home by mixing equal parts of herbs and boiling water and letting it steep. Herbalists say drinking half a cup at least three times a day, yields greater results.
Another popular herb used for joint pain is the Angelica herb. This herb has been used in European fold medicine for centuries. The Western variety of Angelica has multiple anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and pain-relieving constituents.