Your food choices have the greatest effect on your health.
The decisions you make when nourishing your body throughout the day determines how you feel, how much energy you have and how clear your thoughts will be as you face your daily challenges. If you find yourself hitting a lethargic lull as lunchtime approaches, your breakfast choices may need to be adjusted, and if your mind is hazy and muddled as the evening approaches, you can usually find the reason in the lunch or dinner you ate. For people battling chronic diseases, food intake is more important than ever. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers can drastically decrease their dependency on pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs by tailoring their diet to eliminate inflammation. Changing the way you eat can be a complicated and lengthy process but, with a few small changes at a time, you can be on your way to eating healthier and feeling better.
A great tasting smoothie that combats joint pain seems almost too good to be true, but think again!
This delicious treat gives you a great start to your day and reduces pain-inducing inflammation in your joints. Each ingredient in this smoothie was carefully selected for its beneficial properties. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that aids digestion by breaking down proteins. Bromelain also reduces swelling and inflammation. As an extra bonus for people with RA, bromelain also provides a good amount of vitamin C to support healthy immune functions. Mangiferin in mangos performs double duty with its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Mangos can also lower cholesterol, body fat and glucose levels to fight obesity and lessen the weight on your arthritic joints. Blueberries are a great defense against inflammation, and they are packed with antioxidants that protect your body against cancer and other diseases. Ginger and turmeric are powerful inflammation fighters, and the curcumin in turmeric is given a longer lasting effect when combined with black pepper. Cinnamon adds a delightful flavor to your smoothie and also eases swelling in the joints.
Tropical Sunrise Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup of frozen mango chunks
- ½ cup of blueberries frozen or fresh
- 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp of powdered turmeric
- 1 tsp of fresh cracked pepper
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- Approx. 1 ½ cup of alkaline water (add more or less as needed)
Blend all of the ingredients well in a high-powered blender or smoothie mixer and drink immediately. Smoothies can oxidize and loose nutrients in a matter of hours.
If your mornings are busy, this next anti-inflammation hack may be perfect for you. You can get the benefits of the smoothie above in less time by taking turmeric and black pepper. There are a couple of ways this can be achieved because taking a spoonful of turmeric and black pepper can be unpleasant.
Your first option is to mix a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of black pepper into about a ½ tablespoon of coconut oil or raw honey. The coconut oil and raw honey help the mixture go down easier and gives it a better taste. Make sure to wash it down with plenty of water when you’re done. You can also encapsulate your turmeric and black pepper in pill form for easy consumption. The materials for encapsulations are relatively inexpensive and easy to find, and you can make many capsules in a short amount of time. If you take an hour on a day you have some free time, you could make a monthly supply of these inflammation-fighting pills. There are also many products on the market you can buy with the turmeric and pepper concoction already encapsulated for you. Your doctor or your local health food store can be a great source to help guide you to the one that’s best for you.
Inflammation from osteoarthritis and RA doesn’t have to make your days harder, and these two hacks will give you a head start on the pain every day. If you’re interested in eliminating joint pain for good, take some time and explore the amazing benefits of stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy works to regenerate and repair damaged joints and reverse the effects of painful joint inflammation and swelling. Talk to a specialist today about your options.
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