08 Nov 5 Foods to Help Control Muscle Soreness and Joint Pain
Did you know that brilliant Clarity Remedial Therapist Sarah Hobbs also has a background in dietetics? Today, she shares some of her top tips on pain-busting foods…..
I’m sure you’ve all experienced this. After a workout or a long day at work, you feel stiffness, or soreness that limits your function and puts you in a bad mood. And if you suffer from a condition such as arthritis, this is likely a daily struggle.
But beyond drinking plenty of water, regular massage and physio treatments is there something that you can do? Absolutely! There is something you can do – and part of the solution can be found hiding in your kitchen. Did you know that you can help control your soreness and joint pain by switching up your diet? Here are 5 muscle and joint friendly foods that have great health benefits and are proven to lower inflammation.
Cherries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries all contain anthocyanins, an inflammation reducing compound. Berries not only help reduce inflammation but they contain many nutrients which help prevent diseases.
Fish (like cod) contains plenty of healthy fats and is rich in Omega-3 acids, which is great for fighting inflammation. If you’re suffering from arthritis, then you may want to implement fish into your weekly diet as, its effects have been proven to reduce pain in joints.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which, according to Michigan University’s Department of Nutrition, is a unique molecule that could have a beneficial impact on managing chronic inflammatory-related joint disease. It has also been shown to
- Leafy Greens
We all know that spinach, bok-choy, kale and brussels sprouts are great for our overall health. But more importantly, they also have a great effect on those who experience sore muscles and joints. These greens contain a property called sulforaphane, a compound that is known to block enzymes linked to joint destruction and inflammation.
Ginger contains compounds called gingerols, inflammation-fighting molecules that are known to sooth sore muscles and limit pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis. While research is still underway, scientists are already finding a link that ginger may reduce muscle pain by at least 25% if taken at a consistent, daily rate. While we understand that ginger isn’t the most delicious food on the planet, perhaps consider taking ginger capsules as an alternative.
As well as including the above, avoiding a diet that is high in refined carbs, sugars, salt and processed foods. They can increase pain and stiffness because they can trigger an inflammatory response in the body.
– Sarah H x
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