Can you eat your way to more mobility and less hip osteoarthritis pain?
When the pain of hip osteoarthritis strikes, our first instinct is usually to keep as still as possible and hope it passes but being immobile with hip pain is probably the worst thing you can do. Pain medications don’t always come to the rescue when we really need them, so it’s a good idea to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help you keep moving and improving strength. You may think that walking is your best path to maintaining strength and managing hip osteoarthritis but walking can sometimes be too harsh on your joints. Walking is high impact on the hip joints and depending on your terrain, could pose a risk of serious injury to an already damaged area. If walking isn’t the best option, what can you do to maintain and regain mobility?
It’s almost impossible to stay away from sugar these days, but diligence is key when you want your diet to work hard at stemming your hip osteoarthritis symptoms. Sugar and carbohydrates that metabolize into sugar in the body cause a negative effect on your immune system. Sugar promotes inflammation and aids infection so as your sugar intake rises so does pain and swelling in your joints. Choose whole foods whenever possible and when you can’t, make sure to read the ingredients list, so you don’t end up with a surprise flare up from hidden sugar. If you need a sweet fix, try substituting sugar for honey, agave, or maple syrup.
Salt is another inflammatory trigger that could be increasing your hip osteoarthritis pain. Most Americans are likely to be consuming far too much salt in their diets, and we can see the effects of it in the rising rates of heart disease and hypertension. Excessive salt intake promotes bloating and severe inflammation. Prolonged excessive intake can cause tissue damage and weakened joints. There are so many other spices you can use to flavor your food and reduce your salt usage. Smoked paprika is a favorite of people working to reduce salt in their diet. You can also use lemon juice, garlic, onions, and pepper to whip up delicious, flavorful meals without the salt.
High Saturated Fats
Fried, oily foods are the worst enemy to your joint health. These foods restrict blood flow and raise blood pressure making it difficult for joints to get the nutrients and vital oxygen they need. Foods high in saturated fats also promote excessive weight gain that adds stress to your bones and joints and increases their workload. High saturated fats can be found in red meat, dairy like heavy creams and cheeses, and processed foods. Swap high saturated fats for high fiber foods like whole grains, veggies, and fruits. Make one or two of your meals each day plant based and trade red meat for poultry or fish whenever possible.
Many doctors recommend a glass of red wine occasionally because the resveratrol and antioxidants can promote heart health but be careful of your alcohol intake when managing hip osteoarthritis. Many alcohols have high purine levels and purine converts to uric acid in the body. This uric acid settles into the joints as crystals causing pain and friction while agitating your hip osteoarthritis. Beer has the highest of these purine levels, but most wine and spirits will cause problems with regular intake. Many pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs can be dangerous when mixed with alcohol so reducing your intake may save your life.
Maintaining a hip osteoarthritis friendly diet isn’t the only natural way to manage your hip pain, stem cell therapy is the most effective, safe and organic treatment available for your condition. Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary procedure that uses your own stem cells gathered from a minimally invasive harvesting procedure to promote the regrowth and repair of your cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bone in your hips. Combined with a healthy diet, stem cell therapy can help reverse the effects of hip osteoarthritis and help you retain mobility and independence longer.
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