Joints and joint pain
Joints are the locations where bones connect. Joint pain is a very common condition, especially among adults. There are a number of diseases such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and gout that could lead to painful joints. Even acute joint pain affects your life in a negative way but chronic joint pain is the worst as it has a long-lasting impact and one has to deal with it every single day.
People regularly take medications to relieve the pain. Sometimes they are prescribed but more often than not they can be bought without prescription. You should know that these pills’ effect last only for a short period of time. To add, pain pills are addicting if used regularly and can affect internal organs such as kidneys and liver. Doesn’t sound that great, does it?
Smoothies to cure pain and inflammation
People tend to forget that natural ingredients are one of the best ways to treat painful conditions. There are many powerful foods that can help your with your fight against joint pain (as well as many other different types of pain). To help oneself to a fresh smoothie is not only a tasty but also a very effective way to prevent or cure inflammation and pain. Here are some ingredients which you can incorporate into your healthy smoothie, as well as some helpful recipes.
Pineapple is a sweet and juicy tropical fruit with amazing healing properties. This tasty fruit is high in manganese and vitamin C which help protect the body from inflammation. What is also great about it is that it contains a special proteolytic enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme is anti-inflammatory, helps for a better blood circulation and is also a pain reliever. It is an important ingredient used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of joint pain. In addition bromelain helps for a healthy digestion by breaking down protein. Here are some wonderful recipes for a pineapple smoothie which you can use in your fight against joint pain. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and stop processing when the mixture is smooth.
- Green tea and pineapple smoothie
2 cups fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped
1 cup green tea made from loose leaves
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup crushed ice
- Pineapple-Grapefruit Smoothie
1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 red grapefruit, peeled
1 cup pineapple, cubed
1/2 cucumber, with peel
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
4 to 6 ounces of filtered water
- Pineapple-Carrot Smoothie
1 orange, peeled and deseeded
1 and 1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
2 large carrots, chopped
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 cups spinach
8 ounces (236 ml) water
Green, white, and oolong tea are full of antioxidants which destroy free radicals and thus limit inflammation. Try using tea as the liquid in your smoothies to get an “antioxidant boost”.
Ginger is a powerful spice that works miracles for reducing join inflammation. It is also potassium-rich and excellent for stimulating digestion relieving nausea. Ginger has a strong taste so you should combine it with other ingredients and try different amounts when making a smoothie. There are many people who suffer from arthritis who have experienced improvement as regards mobility and a significant reduction in pain after a regular consummation of ginger. However, you should discuss taking ginger with your doctor if you are currently taking blood thinning medication as ginger has the same effect (which is generally a good fact but you should be careful not to combine it with such medication).
This is a spice from Asia and it is one of the best choices when it comes to reducing chronic inflammation in your body as well as reducing pain and stiffness in the joints cause by rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Using it in a smoothie also makes the smoothie more colorful and vibrant. The name of the pigment that gives turmeric its bright orange color (and is also its active ingredient) is curcumin. Curcumin works miracles against heart disease, cancer and many more illnesses. Turmeric can be added to many types of smoothies as it has a mild unobtrusive flavor so you won’t notice it, only benefit from its amazing properties.
Here is a smoothie you can try which combines pineapple, ginger and turmeric, as well as some other tasty and healthy ingredients such as cherries and spinach:
- Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Smoothie
2 cups frozen pineapple cubes
2 cups organic spinach—washed well
1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
2 tablespoons organic tart cherry juice concentrate
⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
4 tablespoons organic hemp protein powder
3 cups spring or purified water
1 small avocado—peeled and seeded
Organic stevia powder—optional add to taste
Talking about spinach and other greens…
Greens are high in mineral magnesium. According to research, people who suffer from chronic inflammation have low levels of magnesium. This means adding foods like spinach, kale or chard to your smoothie can help reduce inflammation by increasing magnesium levels. Spinach (no wonder Popeye is so strong!) provides essential omega-3 fatty acids and is rich in essential nutrients such as “amino acids, antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, enzymes, and fiber.” Incorporating some greens into a fresh smoothie is a good way to get to use to having them if you usually consider them tasteless and/or boring. Here is one wonderful smoothie you can make, using kale, as well as some other amazing ingredients, which are great for fighting arthritis:
- Kiwi-Kale Smoothie
2 kiwifruits, peeled
2 cups kale, chopped or torn into pieces
1 orange, peeled and deseeded
1 mango, peeled and pitted
4 to 6 ounces of filtered water
Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C
To reduce the risk of developing gout, use ingredients which are rich in this vitamin. These include pineapple (we already mentioned this great fruit), kiwis, citrus, strawberries and many others. They are not only very useful but also very delicious and give your smoothie a great color and texture. Fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids and quercetin These include tangerines, red peppers, oranges, apricots, mangoes, carrots, kale and dandelion greens, black and green tea, apples, red grapes, broccoli, pumpkin, papaya… These are all great when it comes to relieving joint pain cause by for example arthritis.
When to have your delicious, pain-relieving smoothie
It is said that the best time to make and drink an arthritic pain-relieving smoothie is a least an hour before experiencing the worst arthritis symptoms. This means that you can have your smoothie in the morning, in the afternoon or in the evening – it doesn’t matter, the idea is to have it when it will have the biggest effect on your health.
Before taking your usual painkiller pill, consider this – nature gives us the answer to many of our health problems by providing us with superfoods. There are numerous fruit and vegetables that can have an amazing effect on our overall health and reduce pain anywhere in the body. We provided you with a list of products and a selection of smoothie recipes that we hope can help you make the best tasting, healthiest smoothie in no time and relieve your joint pain and inflammation.