Arthritis and pain are common medical complaints. Arthritis can attack at any age. There are many different types of arthritis as well as many different treatments. Consult your physician to determine which treatment best fits your problem. Regardless of the cause of your joint and muscle pain, diet may help relieve your symptoms. Below is a list of anti-inflammatory foods:
- Red/ Green Vegetables
Red bell peppers
Dark leafy greens
- Green Tea
- Dark Chocolate
- Vitamin D3
- Healthy Fats
Oily fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)
Extra virgin olive oil
Using these foods and spices will help your body generate its natural anti-inflammatory chemicals. This diet will also allow you to improve the functioning of your other organs. Please pay close attention to your total caloric intake. Try to eat no more than 1,800 calories per day.
Obesity and weight gain adds pressure to your joints, muscles and connected tissues. Pressure on your joints can lead to joint destruction, dysfunction and severe inflammation.
Following a diet that is low in processed foods, saturated fat and is rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices may prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Dr. Donald Henderson is Medical Director of Encore Wellness & Weight Loss and has a private practice specializing in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine in Los Angeles, CA.