Feeling Stiff And Sore? Try These 4 Foods
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 is the best) and maintaining a healthy weight, consider the following nutritional strategies to help prevent or lessen symptoms.
- Eat foods rich in antioxidants. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good sources and may help reduce tissue damage from inflammation. Plus, they fill you up, leaving less room for the processed, inflammatory stuff.
- Get enough omega-3s. The omega-3 fatty acids, which are directly anti-inflammatory in a way that aids joints, are found not only in oily fish (such as wild Alaskan salmon), but also walnuts, pistachios and freshly ground flaxseed.
- Regularly use ginger and turmeric for their natural anti-inflammatory properties. Fresh spices added to cooking and powders thrown into soups or teas are easy ways to get these beneficial spices.
- Collagen protein, generally consumed as a powder or in bone broth, has been shown in studies to support cartilage and bone structure and may be beneficial in osteoarthritis. Look for versions that come from sustainable sources such as grass-fed cows. This is typically a tasteless powder than can be added to your morning tea, coffee or smoothie.
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