Feeling Achy When You Wake Up? 3 Foods That May Help
If your mornings begin with stiffness, pain and swollen joints, you may be experiencing symptoms of osteoarthritis. In addition to getting regular exercise (low-impact, like yoga or walking is the best) and maintaining a healthy weight, consider the following nutritional strategies to help prevent or lessen symptoms.
- Eat foods rich in antioxidants. A variety of colors of fresh organic fruits and vegetables are good sources, and may help reduce tissue damage from inflammation.
- Get enough omega-3s. The omega-3 fatty acids provided in oily fish (such as wild Alaskan salmon), walnuts and freshly ground flaxseed might help reduce the inflammation and pain of arthritis.
- Regularly use ginger and turmeric in cooking and/or supplements for their natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Also realize that filling up on processed, sweetened and packaged foods promotes inflammation and stiffness. Switch out your pantry’s food-like products for a fridge full of whole-food freshness.
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