5 Ways To Reduce Joint Pain & Inflammation (+ a personal story)

October 12, 2015

5 Natural Ways Joint Pain

Let me start by telling you a story…

My father is an active man. Always has been.

He’s a nature lover so he’s always outside for most of the day, cutting wood on his 100 acres of land or walking in the woods looking for critters.

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But, he has struggled with chronic joint pain, especially in his knee.  Now, he attributes this too wear and tear BUT as I nutritionist, I know that often times it has a lot to do with food choices. More on that later.

I hate to see my Dad (or anyone for that matter) in pain.  My greatest fear would be to lose my mobility.

About a month ago, I was given a device that is known as an award-winning, drug-free, micro-medical device and I thought, what am I going to do with this contraption?

Naturally, I gave it to my father.  You’ll be amazed at what happened which I’ll tell you about after we explore the 5 Ways To Reduce Joint Pain & Inflammation.

I’ve struggled with joint pain and inflammation myself.  I had a knee issue for several years which, on occasion, flairs up but with very mild discomfort.  But, when it was at it’s worse, it limited my ability to go on hikes with my sweetie and the pain would keep me up at night making me not at my best the following day.

Frustrating right?  Do you have the same issues as I did?

Here are our 5 Ways To Reduce Joint Pain & Inflammation to hopefully help you start to heal and to live a vibrant and balanced life for ever and ever amen!

 

RULE OUT ALLERGIES
When I started studying nutrition, I was in awe at how much food allergies can play an impact on those little aches and pains that we often pass off as nothing. But, I believe the first step in dealing with acute and chronic pain is to rule out allergens as you may likely nip the issue in the bud by doing a very simple allergen test.

Like with any health plan that you may be pursuing, it’s always best to consult your doctor.  Many of the foods included in this post may contradict with some medications. So, when you go in for a allergen test referral, be sure to have a discussion with your health practitioner.

 

REDUCE INFLAMMATORY FOODS
Now, if going the route of an allergen test is not something you want to do, you may still want to experiment with foods that are known to be inflammatory.  Here are the main culprits:

Sugar | Dairy | Gluten | Grains | Trans Fats | Artificial Sweeteners | Starches (in excess) | Alcohol

Need some help with coming up with a plan and recipes? Look no further than Nutritionist Julie Daniluk’s book Meals that Heal Inflammation that will help you come up with a plan to achieve results.

 

INCREASE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS
Foods like nuts and fatty fish, like salmon are loaded with Omega-3s, that will help fight inflammation. Other great sources of anti-inflammatory foods include blueberries, kelp, horseradish, mustard, garlic, onions, watercress, parsley, celery, pickles, lemon, and rose-hip tea.  And, don’t forget to add more vibrant vegetables into your diet as they are loaded with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and antioxidant properties that are essential for building and repairing tissues.

Herbs such as turmeric and ginger are known are known to be natural pain remedies so when you’re cooking, be sure to add one or both of these ingredients to your meals.  I especially love these two ingredients in smoothies!  You will love, love, love my ELB Detox & Glow Smoothie – it’s tasty!

 

GET MOVING
I know, what a surprise – exercise! But, it’s a known fat that a lot of joint pain can be a result of stagnation in the muscles and joints.  Now, starting to run a 10K is not what I would suggest.  In fact, I’m suggesting light weight training, low impact walking, pilates or yoga. These all really help to get your joints in motion and reduce the stiffness and pain. Light weight training can also strength the muscles surrounding your affected joint, thus providing it with more support.

 

SUPPLEMENTS
Normally, I would list off a selection of supplements to help you reduce symptoms of pain and to begin the healing process. At the same time, if you are taking medications, there can be certain contradictions that may impede on the effectiveness of the meds. So, again, I encourage you to consult with your medical practitioner

However, I would certainly recommend to start with a high-quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement especially if your dietary choices haven’t been the best. Now, this isn’t to say that you should supplement and then continue to make poor food choices! I don’t personally take a multi-vitamin anymore as I always create a plate that is 75% vibrant, fresh vegetables that provide what I need.

 

ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE THERAPY (The Acti-Patch)
Here comes the rest of the story about my dad and this little gadget that I was sent. So what is the Acti-Patch? It is innovative technology in the form of a small, light wearable microelectronic medical device. The device emits a pulsating electromagnetic field that penetrates the body without sensation or heat to induce an electric field in the affected joint and tissue. No medication, no pain. Just simply place the device on the area of concern, tape it into place and away you go. The device lasts for about 30 days and your first purchase of the product is only $9.95.

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So, I gave it to my dad. When I did give it to him, he said that his knee hadn’t been bothering him but that the real aggravation came in the morning in the form of knee stiffness. So he wore it and the next day, guess what? No pain. Then the next day came, guess what? No pain. And, the days continued, no pain. We couldn’t believe it.

I guess this explains why the Acti-Patch is one of the top selling products on Amazon! So, for those that are struggling with some form of pain, this little, inexpensive device may be the relief you may be looking for.

As with any protocol for improving health, you also need to look at your diet and lifestyle to make significant, long term changes. Consider the steps above as great starting points!