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Five Foods to Reduce Joint Pain

Nothing is more discouraging to starting your day, let alone starting a workout, than joint pain. The ability to move freely is a privilege we don’t know we have until it’s gone! Luckily, we don’t always have to turn to supplements or prescriptions to help ease the pain. Mother Nature has been generous with some naturally anti-inflammatory foods that you can easily incorporate into your everyday diet to help you enjoy your life to its max.

pineapple

Pineapple
This delicious fruit contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme works by breaking down inflammation and has analgesic (pain-reducing) properties to it. It’s been shown to reduce pain, stiffness, and improve physical function.
How to use it: Pineapple is delicious to enjoy all on its own, but if you feel like “spicing” it up, try making a pineapple salsa. Pineapple is also great in tropical smoothies or grilled on the barbeque. Try to include as much of the stem (the firm middle section) as you can, as bromelain is concentrated in this area. Bromelain can also be found in fast arthritis relief+.
turmeric

Turmeric
The most active ingredient in turmeric is a compound called curcumin. It can prevent both the activity and synthesis of enzymes that are involved with creating inflammation. While curcumin can be found on its own in supplement form, it is most active when used in its whole food form. Other compounds found in turmeric work synergistically to have an even more powerful anti-inflammatory effect.
How to use it: The most bioavailable way to absorb turmeric is using the root. You can find it in larger grocery stores and health food stores (it looks very similar to ginger). Try juicing an inch or two, chopping it up and adding to soup, or mincing and adding to salad dressings. If you cannot find the root, the powder can be used, however since it has been dried and powdered it will not be as concentrated.
kale

Dark Leafy Greens
A great rule of thumb when choosing your produce: the richer the colour, the richer the nutrients. Particularly in the case of greens such as kale, collards, and broccoli you’ll find extra high levels of vitamin E, vitamin K2, calcium, and iron, along with plenty of inflammation-fighting phytochemicals. Another major plus is how alkalizing these food staples are – reducing the overall amount of acidity in your body will not only help lower inflammation, it can also help to improve sleep, skin, mood, and more. Click here to learn more: http://www.genuinehealth.com/acid-alkaline-balance-the-third-dimension-of-fruit-and-vegetables
How to use it: Toss some kale in your smoothie, sauté some collards for dinner, steam broccoli to add to your brown rice pasta dish… and get your greens+ on! Nothing can replace the benefits of real food, but we can all benefit from taking greens+ every day.
avocado

Avocado
Perhaps one of the most versatile fruits out there, avocado helps fight inflammation in several unique ways. First is the rich phytosterol content that helps to keep inflammation under control by preventing a pro-inflammatory called PGE2 from being synthesized in the connective tissue. A hearty antioxidant content, omega-3 fatty acids, and PFA’s (polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols) also all contribute to avocados amazing ability to lower inflammation.
How to use it: Make guacamole, add slices to your salad, spread on a piece of sprouted toast, blend with cocoa and maple syrup for a healthy chocolate pudding, or add to a smoothie… the options are endless! Avocados are extremely versatile and easily take on flavours. AvoVida (an avocado seed extract) can also be found in fast arthritis relief+.
fish

Fish
Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are mega powerful for reducing the overall amount of inflammation in the body, particularly the EPA portion. Once inside the body, the fats are converted into even more powerful compounds called resolvins which actually stops inflammatory responses in its tracks.
How to use it: Bake some wild Alaskan salmon with fresh herbs, sea salt, and olive oil for a nourishing high protein meal. You can also get your omega 3s in convenient pill format! Browse all Genuine Health omega3’s

 

Abigail Christens, C.N.P.