As we age, our body weakens and gets damaged, due to the normal tear and wear. It starts functioning slowly, and it demands more care in order to protect us from health issues.
Muscle and joint pain are among the most common issues we develop over the years, but they can also be a result of injuries, physical activities, and exercise.
Commercial painkillers just temporarily numb the pain, instead of addressing the root cause of the problem, and might lead to various side-effects.
On the other hand, there is a safe and effective natural remedy that will alleviate the pain, and strengthen the ligaments, joints, and cartilages.
Here is how to prepare it:
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 1 cup of natural orange juice
- 1 teaspoon of organic honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 2 cups of chopped pineapple
- 8 ounces of water
- 8 ounces of crushed sweet almonds
Cook the oatmeal for 10 minutes, leave it to cool, and then add all the other ingredients. Blend in the blender until you get a homogeneous mixture.
You should drink 2 glasses of the remedy daily, once in the morning on an empty stomach, and again in the afternoon. Repeat daily for 15 days.
After this time, the joint pain will be completely relieved.
However, in order to boost the health and condition of your joints, you should also consume healthy foods. Joint pain largely depends on your diet, so you should increase the intake of the following foods:
- Foods rich in vitamin C like tomatoes, strawberry, kiwi, orange, broccoli, raw peppers, parsley, etc.
Vitamin C supports the synthesis and maintenance of collagen and cartilage. Pineapples and papaya are rich in papain and bromelain, which have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Have at least one meal composed of fruits and veggies rich in this vitamin.
- Water – The joints are bathed in synovial fluid, which lubricates the cartilage and tissues and reduces the friction between them. Drink a lot of water to synthesize the synovial fluid and support the joint lubrication. It is of high importance to drink water or any isotonic drink before and after your workout.
- Bluefish – Bluefish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines, is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which act as powerful anti-inflammatories that prevent the synthesis of inflammatory mediators. These acids protect the cell membranes from the harmful effects of oxidative processes happening during physical exercise. Therefore, consume bluefish at least twice a week, and increase the intake of seeds, and nuts, which are other rich sources of omega-3 acids.
- Meats and derivatives – Meat supports the health of the joints in two ways, by providing protein and the necessary amino acids for the synthesis of cartilage and reducing the recovery time of the lesions, and by supplying iron and zinc, needed for the recovery of injuries. To get the adequate protein requirements, and still not consume a diet too high in meat, you should also increase the intake of fish, nuts, and legumes.
- Onion, garlic, leeks, young garlic– Allium vegetables are abundant in sulfur, which is essential for the collagen formation, as well as the formation of other elements important for the tendons, joints, ligaments, and cartilages. Cabbages and asparagus are also high in sulfur.
Moreover, to improve bone health, you should optimize the levels of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus in the body. Consume foods rich in vitamin D too, as it will help the absorption of calcium in the bones.
Do not forget to control your body weight, as excess pounds make you more prone to injuries and add additional pressure to the joints, especially the knees.