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Who’s suffered from joint pain and bad knees? that is besides me? I guess the better question is, who hasn’t!
Just like a rusty tin man if we don’t address the issue of knee problem with a strategic approach then the doctor will only prescribe pain killers and stop you from being active. That is certainly not the solution to joint inflammation and knee problems.
Eat These 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Pain Free Joints
Inflammation in the joints can limit mobility and be very painful. When the pain is severe, it can bring strength training or weightlifting to a screeching halt. Sometimes, occasional joint inflammation — such as the kind brought on by an injury —can’t be avoided.
In the human body, a joint is the point at which two or more bones come together. Us humans have about 230 of them. They have different ranges of mobility (from no mobility, limited movement and full range of movement) and are classified by type such as ball and socket, elbow, gliding, hinge, hip and saddle joints.
Joints can also be classified by structure, function, biomechanical properties and more–it really gets very technical. Regardless of the type or classification, joints wouldn’t function very well if they were just ‘bone meeting bone,’ because there would be too much friction. Just like a ball bearing sealed with oil, to allow for ease of movement, human joints have either cartilage or synovial fluid –or both–between the bones.
There are two key points to this anatomy lesson:
2.) We have a lot of them in our bodies.
For the most part we don’t give any thoughts to our joints unless we’re having problems with them. And when we do have problems with them, it can be not just painful, but downright debilitating. Inflammation is the most commonly-cited problem or difficulty with joints.
Inflammation in joints is swelling that is actually part of the body’s self-protection mechanism as it tries to remove harmful stimuli such as damage cells or irritants. And when joint inflammation occurs, it inhibits mobility and causes pain.
Sometimes joint inflammation can bring about severe pain that can last for days, weeks or longer, sometimes becoming a chronic condition that lasts a lifetime. In some cases, inflammation in the joints is the result of a sudden event like lifting a weight improperly, tearing a ligament or a similar type of injury. Recovery from this type of join inflammation can take anywhere from just a couple days up to several months, depending on the nature and scope of injury.
Other times, joint inflammation is not caused by a single event but rather, is a condition that builds up over time, eventually reaching the point where it limits mobility and results in intermittent–or sometimes constant–pain.
Not surprisingly, these are foods that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, healthy fats or complex carbs–you won’t see any processed foods, artificial ingredients, saturated fats or trans fats on the list below.
In fact, many highly processed, refined foods have been shown to actually decrease the body’s ability to fight inflammation. Here is the list:
10. Spices, Turmeric and Ginger
It’s no coincidence that these are foods that help the body to build muscle and maintain a healthy weight. Strong muscles help keep joints stable and a healthy weight reduces pressure on joints, helping to minimize–or in some cases prevent joint inflammation.
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