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Diet for joint pain & rheumatism

Diet for Joint Pain and Rheumatism

A healthy diet goes a long way in helping with general well-being.

In many people with a tendency for joint and muscle problems, a disturbance of mineral metabolism makes it important that they change from an acid producing diet to one yielding an alkaline surplus. A change in diet can also be relevant and helpful for those already using a herbal remedy such as Atrosan Devil's Claw

  • Wholefoods are best. Processed foods can be full of fats or salt - they may be quick and easy to prepare but they are not giving your body the nutrients it needs to keep going. The nearer what you eat is to what it looked like originally, the better it is likely to be for you.

  • Give up ‘white’ for ‘brown’ – brown bread, brown pasta, brown rice. Short grain brown rice cooks quickly and is easy to chew. For breakfast, try oats instead of toast or cereal. Porridge is particularly great on cold mornings and full of useful nutrients.

  • Five a day is the modern mantra – two fruit, three veg; three fruit, two veg or any permutation. It is very important for anyone who suffers from rheumatic pain to avoid citrus fruit as these are thought to exacerbate the symptoms of rheumatism, so this means cutting out oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines. However non-citrus fruits should be encouraged, particularly those containing digestive enzymes beneficial to the gut such as pineapple, papaya and guava.

  • Leafy green vegetables, oats, dried fruit, seeds and beans are all rich in magnesium and helps your body put calcium to good and proper use.

  • Can’t stand cooked greens? No problem – try raw cauliflower or cabbage. Much tastier. Or then there’s turnip, squash, carrots, celeriac - organic if you can get them. If fresh vegetables are difficult to manage, use good quality frozen vegetables instead and have two portions with dinner. Or make a large pot of vegetable soup – a flask-full makes a healthy, tasty and quick lunchtime meal no matter where you are.

  • There’s no need to turn into a complete vegetarian. Fish is easier to digest than red meat and full of useful oils, so give it a try a couple of times a week. Increasing oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna is a good idea as this has a positive effect on joint inflammation, but if you aren’t too keen on eating lots of fish you can take a supplement of fish oils to help keep inflammation at bay. Organic chicken is quite tasty too.

  • If you are an inveterate nibbler, dried fruit makes a great alternative to sugary snacks and pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds are bursting with nutrients.

  • Eating lots of dairy products is not a wise thing to do if you suffer from rheumatic pain. Not only do they contain lots of fat but also a large amounts of calcium, which the body may find hard to assimilate properly. This means that instead of the calcium being used to make healthy bones, it gets dumped in the wrong places and creates more inflammation and contributes to lessened mobility.

  • Other foods to avoid are those from the deadly nightshade family, e.g. potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and aubergines. Tobacco also falls into this category. This particular family of plants contains a group of alkaloids that have been shown to inhibit the repair of collagen in those with rheumatic pains and will help to create inflammation and therefore pain.

  • When it comes to drinking, the best is also the simplest – still water. One and a half litres a day sounds a lot but it’s only about 6 full tumblers. It can be done – easily.

  • Caffeine-heavy drinks like coffee and fizzy drinks are best avoided as they upset the system and can add to stress and anxiety rather than calm it. Replace them with one of the vast variety of herbal or fruit teas or a natural coffee substitute. And try to limit alcohol intake. It’s not necessary to cut it out altogether, just be sensible.

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Atrosan herbal remedy for muscle & joint pain can be found in Independent Health Stores and Pharmacies.

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