Home Remedies to Ease Pain in Arthritis
by Ruchira Khanna
Today man wakes up and wants to start working on his To-Do list. Cups of caffeine are chugged down to give a thrust to the neurons that might want to delay the synapses either due to a late night or just not being able to have a sound sleep due to many reasons.
But what happens if the mind is at a constant go, and synapses are happening at a microsecond as lists are being made, ideas are being generated, weekends are being planned, dinner menus are being charted while the body is making ‘an effort’ to either flip the pancake off the pan or butter the toasted bread or stir the coffee cup with half a pint of creamer along with a couple of groans, grunts, and whines.
The physical body is inflamed and takes a handful of minutes to do any of the tangible, and since the body and the mind are not in synch, it leads to deep sighs and irritation.
It can be frustrating when the mind wants to travel a mile per second while the body takes a couple of minutes to finish a single chore.
Arthritis is prevalent and has affected more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children. It is an informal way of referring to joint pain where there is swelling, stiffness and leads to decreased range of motion. This can be mild, moderate or severe, and may stay the same for years, or could even progress or get worse with time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis if not taken care of its inflammation can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, and skin as well as the joints.
“Prevention is better than cure.” – Desiderius Erasmus
Science has concluded and blamed ‘stress’ for all the autoimmune diseases, however; nutrition to the physical body also needs to be monitored. There are some secrets to help transform your life; end pain and help one feel their best.
- Consume beans
Beans are packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants and have the power to prevent muscle shrinkage, help keep your muscles stronger and joints moving freely. Examples of beans are: Red beans, small red kidney beans and pinto beans.
- Sweet Potato
This rich carb is brimming with Vitamin C and beta carotene. It protects your knees and spine.
This nut is rich in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. An ounce consumption a day experiences lower blood pressure.
- Olive Oil
Arthritis inflammation can be curbed with the consumption of this oil since it has an anti-inflammatory compound that is similar to ibuprofen to each inflammation.
This spice works along the lines of a prescription COX-2 inhibitor, but without the side effects. Cook turmeric in dishes. It has a vibrant yellow color and a mild taste.
This fruit is rich with beta-cryptoxanthin, which prevents osteoarthritis. It is rich in magnesium, which helps in easing the pain.
This tropical fruit contains immune-boosting vitamin C. It provides a key enzyme called bromelain, which is chock-full of anti-inflammatory substances that can help reduce joint swelling linked to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
This root-like portion of a tall, reed-like plant has been used for centuries as a folk-medicine inflammation-fighter. Over the past several decades, researchers have confirmed that ginger possesses chemical qualities similar to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and appears to curb inflammation.
Studies show that consumption of garlic can reduce inflammation and also help stimulate the body’s immune cells.
“Inflammation causes oxidative stress creating a feed-forward cycle that perpetuates pain,” says Dr. Ben-Roohi. “Consuming foods rich in antioxidants counters oxidation and prevents the destruction of tissues.” While all fruits and vegetables are right for you, some, like cherries, blueberries, and spinach, are antioxidant powerhouses. A University of Michigan study found that drinking tart cherry juice daily not only decreased inflammation but also reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease.
“Health requires healthy foods.” – Roger Williams
Besides the diet, other ways to help reduce the inflammation are usage of hot and cold packs over any inflamed joints. Exercising is also a good way to keep the joints in motion. Energy medicine is another avenue that has been shown to show results in reducing inflammation and even stress. Meditation has proven to reduce pain and stress levels as well.
As we usher the new year, let’s take responsibility in being mindful of what we consume since being healthy is much cheaper than welcoming an illness.
About the Author
Ruchira Khanna is a biochemist-turned-writer who gathers inspiration from the society where she writes about issues that stalk the mind of the man via tales of fiction. She projects the mental growth of her characters thus, making her readers tag her work as, “Books that make you ponder!” Her work can be found at www.ruchirakhanna.com.