Joint pain is a common ailment affecting people of all ages. The primary cause of joint pain is inflammation.
There are many different causes of inflammation, including food sensitivities, excess sugar, meat and dairy consumption, stress (both physical and mental) and just an overall poor diet. Essential fatty acids, such as those found in fish oil, caviar, flax, chia and hemp, produce a hormone-like response in the body which reduces inflammation.
Simply by consuming more of these foods, you will help to reduce inflammation and the associated joint pain. There are also certain foods and herbs which elicit an anti-inflammatory response, including:
- Leafy greens (spinach, kale, arugula, Swiss chard, collards, dandelion, etc)
Rebuilding Your Bones and Joints
Reducing the pain and inflammation is only the first step to healing joints and bones; the next is to rebuild them. So what are our bones and joints made of? Of course, calcium comes to mind, but that is only one of the minerals that make up our bones. Bones are made up of many minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, strontium, boron and manganese, just to name a few. All of these minerals are needed to maintain healthy bones and joints.
Be alkaline, not acidic
Calcium is a natural acid buffer, making calcium carbonate a key ingredient in ant-acids. On the pH scale from 0 to 14, it is imperative that the blood be slightly alkaline with a stable pH of 7.45. As deviation below 7.35 or above 7.55 can cause life-giving enzymes to die off, the body will do whatever it takes to maintain the blood pH at 7.45. If the body is too acidic, the body will pull calcium (with a pH of 12) from the bones to balance the pH levels in the blood. Pop, coffee and dairy (yes dairy) all cause the body to become more acidic, which contributes to calcium loss. Dairy and fortified calcium foods do not contain the correct calcium-to-magnesium ratio, however plant-based mineral-rich foods do; such as leafy greens, legumes and almonds. It is also much easier to absorb calcium from plant sources.
So by decreasing your consumption of acidic-type foods and increasing your alkaline food intake, you can reduce or eliminate your joint pain naturally.