If you feel pain and stiffness in your joints caused by inflammation, see our natural remedies for arthritis—plus, tips on some foods to eat and not to eat to alleviate inflammation.
Did you know more than 15 million people over the age of 45 complain of osteoarthritis? We don’t want you to suffer, so check out these tips to relieve pain.
Home Remedies for Arthritis
- Ice your affected joints right after doing an activity. Don’t allow them to become inflamed. You could even wrap some frozen vegetables in a towel and hold them to your painful joints. Find out more about how heat and cold can help inflammation.
- Capsaicin—the “hot” chemical in chili peppers—can relieve the pain of arthritis. Capsaicin temporarily reduces substance P, a pain transmitter. It is available as a topical cream, gel or patch at drugstores. When first applied, topical capsaicin causes a burning sensation. This sensation lessens within a few minutes, and also over time with repeated applications. (Don’t get carried away with this idea and try smearing yourself directly with chili peppers—that’s a higher potency than most skin will tolerate!)
- Increase the amount of fish in your diet or take fish oil pills. There are some studies that show that increased consumption of non-fried fish suppresses the joint inflammation of arthritis. The more fish, the better!
- Excercise is good (not bad!) for arthritis, and one of the most effective ways to reduce pain and maintain joint health. Look into swimming and joining the neighborhood pool. It has been a huge help for many readers. Swimming and other water-based exercise are especially good because they’re easy on the joints.
- Stretch for 18 to 20 minutes a day. Warm up first! Focus your stretching where it hurts the most, but increase flexibility all over.
- Pack a small jar with golden raisins and cover them with gin. Eat nine raisins every morning, squeezing the extra gin back in the jar.
- Bee-vemon contains anti-inflammatory peptides that act against the pain and inflammation of your arthritis. If you’re allergic to bees, do not use this remedy without the supervision of a doctor. Even if you aren’t allergic, buy a bee sting kit from your pharmacy and keep it handy.
- Curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, has anti-inflammatory effects. Recent studies have shown some support for curcumin (500 mg, three times daily).as a treatment for osteoarthritis.
What to Eat and Not Eat
Avoiding specific foods can help combat inflammation throughout the body.
What to Avoid
- Omega-6 fatty acids from egg yolks and red meat
- French fries and other fried foods
- Packaged cookies, crackers, baked goods, and other processed, sugary foods
- Fruit juice
What to Eat
Put these foods on your next shopping list!
- Omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna
- Green leafy vegetables
- Canola and olive oil
Do you have any tips or tricks that help your arthritis? Let us know below!
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