Joints can be a source of great pain which occurs in the morning when you wake up. You can also experience stiffness, and aches in the joints. Usually people take numerous drugs to alleviate the pain, but instead of just masking the symptoms with chemical medications, there has to be done something about improving this condition and try to prevent any additional complications.
Pain in the joints can be a normal thing if you are dealing with an injury, as a result of the swelling, lowered mobility, and increased blood flow. Likewise, it can occur after strenuous workout.
However, the chronic pain present in the joints in most cases results of the inflammation accumulation in the body, which is caused by doing something wrong with the body, and in that case it can be prevented and treated.
The main reason for this occurrence is the consumption of numerous inflammatory foods daily.
These five foods are well-known to cause inflammation and pain, and because of that you need instantly to remove them from your diet.
- Gluten and Refined Carbohydrates
The reason why refined carbohydrates and flours are bad for your health is that they are processed in the body same as sugar. However, only simple carbohydrates should not be consumed, complex carbohydrates are good for the body.
Simple carbohydrates and in some cases gluten, elevate the levels of AGEs (advanced glycation end products) and because of that trigger inflammation.
Good for the body are complex carbohydrates like nuts, vegetables seeds, beans, and whole grains, but by all means avoid sugar, rice, flour, and potatoes.
Sugar is very damaging for the body, and as well as very addictive, that is why it is so difficult to remove it from your diet. Excessive consumption of sugar leads to diabetes, cancer, and obesity, and in addition to this causes aches and pains.
According to the National Institute of Health when the body process processed sugars, it causes extremely high levels of AGEs, leading to oxidative stress and inflammation.
Try to minimize the intake of sugar and foods that have in their content high levels of sugar such as sodas, fruit juices, sweets, candy, dressings, and processed foods. Pay extra attention to products labeled as “low-fat”, in most cases they have plenty of hidden sugar, therefore instead of them consume whole fruits.
- Nightshade Vegetables
Vegetables should be the essence of our diet, however there is a certain group that we need to avoid. For instance, the nightshades vegetables include peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants which have in their content the compounds solanine and calcitriol which can lead to pain if the body has heightened level of sensitivity to them.
In order to find out if the body is sensitive to these compounds thus causing certain pain, you need to remove them from your diet for 3 weeks. If after three weeks you experience again the same pain, then for sure they are the ones that cause it. In some cases people cook these vegetables in order to annulate the issue they cause.
- All Dairy Products
Many people are starting to avoid the consumption of dairy products as they experience lactose intolerance, or difficulties in digesting milk sugars.
However, the author of The Autoimmune Solution, Dr. Amy Myers, maintains that greater problems come from the effects of milk proteins, like the disruption of the body’s pH balance and inflammation.
You can substitute dairy products made of goat, sheep, and cow milk with plant-based alternatives. Additionally, you can include into your diet nut and seed milk varieties, such as coconut, almond, and hemp milk which are savoury and healthy alternatives.
- Vegetable Oils and Trans Fats
As you already know vegetable oils are extremely unhealthy, and the Trans fats cause heart disease because they are overly processed. They are high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids which cause inflammation. The intake of these oils creates an unhealthy balance of omega 6 to omega 3 fats in the ratio of 10:1, which is far from the healthy consumption of 1:1 levels.
Therefore, make sure not to use cottonseed, corn, canola soybean, and safflower oils, but for sure consume nuts, avocados, pumpkin seeds, and flaxseeds.
You can prepare your food by pan sautéing, with a ceramic nonstick pan and vegetable broth. Likewise, you can introduce into your cooking organic coconut oil or olive oil which can be as well as added to salads and cold foods. According to numerous experts they are safe for use as they are natural and unfiltered.
Note that you should always pick products free of carrageenan, because this additive greatly endangers your health.
Try to eliminate all these foods from your diet, and as soon as you manage to that you will experience great improvements. Both the inflammation and pain will be decreased, you will have no need for painkillers, and the overall health will be enhanced.