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6 Tips to Help Joint Pain

6 Tips to Help Joint Pain

Ginger I add ginger to nearly every juice I make. Not only does it give the juice a nice zingy flavor, it heals your body in a variety of ways. It’s proven in studies to be an anti-inflammatory. It’s inflammation that often makes your joints sore. You can add it to smoothies as well as juice. Or grate or slice it and add to water for a refreshing summer cooler. You can also make ginger lemonade (Green apple, lemon, and ginger).

Omega 3 fats.  These essential fats help improve blood flow and reduce inflammation in blood vessels and nerves. One study in the journal Surgical Neurology found that taking 1,200 mg or more of EPA and DHA per day could reduce both back and neck pain. I recommend  2 teaspoons a day of Arctic Cod Liver OIl.

Turmeric  This healing root has been shown to relieve pain and improve digestion. It has anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing. It facilitates good nerve cell function. It’s easy to find fresh turmeric root at many health food stores. I add a chunk of fresh turmeric root to most of the juices I make.

Peppermint  Botanist James A. Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods, recommends brewing mint tea for any type of pain. “Pour boiling water over peppermint leaves and steep until the tea is as strong as you like. Add wintergreen leaves for an extra pain-fighting boost; a compound in wintergreen called methyl salicylate blocks the enzymes that cause inflammation and pain. “You could call it herbal aspirin,” he says. A final squeeze of lemon will help you extract as many pain-reducing chemicals as possible from the plants.” (https://www.prevention.com/health/a20461214/10-healing-foods-that-fight-pain/)

Hot peppers. An ingredient in hot pepper known as capsaicin stimulates nerve endings and depletes a chemical that relays pain signals. You can add a bit of jalapeño pepper to your juices or smoothies as well as dishes such as salsa.

Glucosamine and chondroitin.  Glucosamine helps maintain your cartilage — the rubbery tissue that cushions bones at your joints. But as you get older, your levels of this compound begin to drop, which leads to the gradual breakdown of the joint. There’s some evidence that glucosamine sulfate supplements help counteract this effect of joint pain. Chondroitin helps rebuild cartilage naturally and boosts recovery of tissue after injury or exercise. These substances are often used together because they have similar mechanisms of lowering inflammation and treating pain. Check out the supplement Glucosamine Chondroitin.

TURMERIC TWISTER

  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 leaf chard
  • 1-inch chunk fresh turmeric
  • 1-inch chunk ginger root

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice all ingredients, stir, and enjoy. Serves 1.

From Sipping Skinny.

3 comments

  1. I appreciate your tips. Fortunately, my 77 year old joints seem fine and I am able to keep active. I attended your Juicing workshop in Santa Fe several ears ago and have been juicing and eating as you suggested ever since. Unfortunately, I was recently diagnosed with myeldysplastic syndrome which means that I am not producing enough red blood cells to keep my counts at a normal level. I am not sure if this condition has been caused by chemo and/or radiation when I had breast cancer in 2006 and 2012 or is just a sign that I am aging. My hematologist oncologist has told me that there is nothing I can do nutrition-wise to make my body produce more red blood cells. I am just checking to see if you have any nutrition tips that possibly would help spur red blood cell growth. Will appreciate your input.

  2. N A Billups

    Hi Cherie, I stopped using Suzy Cohen’s powdered greens because of cane sugar content & I am using yours. One request, you have to notice that the scoop that comes with the container is inadequate. Consider lengthening the handle so that it is not necessary to have green powder on our fingers, in our nails, etc. Thank u for your consideration.