There is an old saying “you become what you consume.” But what you drink can also have huge effects on your health and body. Today many of us take a lot of stress. It may be due to busy jobs, technology, bad relationships, environmental factors, etc. But did you know that the chronic stress can lower the ability for the body to manage inflammatory response? Knee and joint pain can be an extremely distressing experience because it causes discomfort, pain, and restricted mobility. They are common amongst older adults. Avoiding high impact exercises that put pressure on the joints like aerobics and jogging will soothe the impact caused by arthritis.
Causes of Pain
If you are facing joint pain, it is likely that you have arthritis. If you have Osteoarthritis, joint pain is caused by the protective cartilage in the joints breaking down. However, if you are facing
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), then you have an autoimmune disorder where the immune system of your body attacks the joints and other body organs.
Natural Remedies for Knee and Joint Pain:
It is vital to keep your joints well hydrated by drinking a lot of water mainly if you are facing conditions like joint injury, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Just note that human bodies are made of 70 percent water, and when you are dehydrated; it lowers the cushioning that joints need to work well. Also, no water means your body will be not able to flush out harmful toxins thoroughly, which lead to inflammation and water prevents kidney infections, support the immune system, and keep skin cells powerful.
Joint pain usually occurs when the cartilage becomes weak or damaged, which further result in symptoms like pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Since 60 percent of joint cartilage is made of water, thus proper hydration is essential. Otherwise, the production of synovial fluid will get reduced, and this boosts the risk of cartilage deterioration and friction pain. On average, it’s vital to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water in a day. But in case of joint pain, aim to drink 2 liters of fresh water per day. Avoid drinking vitamin water because they have added sugar in it. However, bottled water can be okay because it’s filled from the same municipal source as your tap.
2. Tart Cherry Juice
People facing joint pain usually avoid juice because it contains plenty of sugar content. But tart cherry is okay to consume because it has a good amount of fiber. It is different from that of tart cherries and not often consumed in their fresh form. They are rich in zinc, potassium iron, and Vitamin C – all of which are naturally occurring antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation and joint pain well.
Studies have shown that the fruit may ease joint pain in people with osteoarthritis and reduces the risk of gout by enhancing the immune system. It has also found that cherry juice also eases join pain caused due to gout. Thus, it’s vital to drink juice two times per day for three weeks.
a) If you have arthritis pain, take one ounce (2 tbsp) tart cherry juice concentrate and transfer 7 ounces of water into a glass.
b) Now mix them well and dirk it on a daily basis. You will notice the difference in a few days.
Smoothies are a great way to drink fruit without missing out the vital fiber. Free radical damage is the main cause of inflammation in body and antioxidants found in veggies and fruits help to get rid of radicals and lower joint and knee pain.
A) Green Smoothies
Dark green veggies like spinach and kale possess vitamin E. This vitamin guard the body from cytokines (they are the molecules that trigger inflammatory response).
You Will Need:
a) ½ apple (chopped)
b) 1 handful of spinach
c) ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
e) 1 handful kale
f) ¼ cup nuts
g) ½ cup of blueberries
a) Transfer the milk into a blender and add soft ingredients at the bottom and hard at the top.
b) Blend it into a tasty smoothie and enjoy.
Just note that if you want to make this recipe into a meal, add a ½ cup of protein powder.
B) Berries Smoothie
Berries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins that make it the best anti-inflammatory diet.
You Will Need:
a) 1 big banana (peeled)
c) 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
d) 1 ½ cup frozen fresh tart cherries
e) 1 ½ cup berries
a) Transfer almond milk in a blender and add the remaining ingredients in it (soft ones first).
b) Now add water and enjoy.
C) Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie
Pineapple and turmeric smoothie is also best for arthritis Inflammation and joint pain. It combines all the potent natural ingredients that can help to reduce joint pain and other arthritic signs.
You Will Need:
a) 1 organic carrot (chopped and scrubbed)
b) 1 celery stalk
c) 1 tsp turmeric
d) Handful of strawberries
e) 1 quarter of pineapple (skinned and chopped)
f) 1 branch of parsley (chopped)
g) 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
h) 2 quarter to 1/2 inch of fresh ginger (chopped)
i) Almond, coconut, cow, soy, or hemp milk
j) Stevia (optional)
a) Cut the green top of strawberries and parsley stalks. Add them into a blender. If they are not organic, soak celery, strawberries, and parsley in warm water with a small amount of apple cider vinegar in it. Now drain and add it to a blender.
b) Scrub carrots and celery in hot water. Chop and combine them into a blender jug.
c) Now add pineapple chunks, coconut oil, turmeric, milk, and ginger in it.
d) Blend all of them at high speed till they are combined well.
D) Orange Oats Smoothie
Orange oats smoothie is a healthy drink that contains several ingredients that lower inflammation and pain. Drink this yummy smoothie once in a day for five days.
You Will Need:
a) 1 cinnamon stick
b) 2 cups water
c) 1 cup rolled oats
d) 1 tsp natural honey
e) 2 small cups diced pineapple
f) 1glass of orange juice
a) Add oats and water into the container and cook it as the direction mentioned on the package.
b) Cool it and add orange juice, cooked oats, pineapple, cinnamon, and honey into a blender.
c) Blend it well and add more water as desired.
4. Red Wine
Red wine is one of the best natural ways to treat arthritis pain. It contains a magical compound ‘reservatrol’ that has anti-inflammatory effects. Many studies have shown that wine consumption lowers the risk of knee and hip OA and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing the production of inflammatory mediators.
In fact, researchers have found that abundant compound found in red wine helps osteoarthritis patients fight their condition to a great extent. Other reported advantages of reservatol include weight loss, anti-aging, and enhanced fertility. Just note that if you enjoy an occasional adult beverage, its best to drink in moderation. One or two glasses on a daily basis are enough to lower the risk of chronic joint disorders.
5. Ginger Tea
Ginger contains tons of medicinal properties same as non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Studies have shown that it can prevent colon cancer by lowering inflammation. This amazing folk medicine can as prevent inflammatory molecules like leukotriene, and prostaglandin and pro-inflammatory cytokines (a kind of protein found in cells). Gingerol is another compound that can reduce inflammation and soothe sore muscles. Any beverage that has ginger can help to manage your joint and knee pain. But the most common form is ginger tea because it’s easy to make.
You Will Need:
a) 4 cup water
b) Ice cubes
c) 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
d) Honey or maple syrup
e) Juice out of 1 lemon
f) 3 whole dried chamomile flowers
a) Take grated ginger and put in the put with water.
b) Now add chamomile flowers in it and boil it well.
c) Once it gets boiled, simmer it for five minutes.
d) Now filter the drink with ice.
e) Finally, add your favorite maple syrup or honey as you like.
6. Turmeric Drink
Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory drink that can effectively help to reduce joint and knee pain.
You Will Need:
a) 1 tsp grounded turmeric
b) 2 cups of homemade almond milk
c) 1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
d) 1 tbsp honey
e) 1 tbsp coconut oil
f) Small pinch of grated ginger and black pepper
a) Transfer all the ingredients in a pan and boil it on low heat.
b) Allow it to simmer for ten minutes.
c) Filter the milk if it contains big pieces of ginger and other pieces.
d) Now add a small amount of cinnamon and honey in it.
Some studies indicated that coffee could increase the risk of developing arthritis, while others have shown that it lowers the risk of gout. But it’s true that coffee has anti-inflammatory compounds known as polyphenols. If you drink coffee, there is no need to stop it. But make sure you limit your intake to 4 cups in a day.
8. Carrot and Beetroot Juice
Beetroots contain robust anti-inflammatory compounds that help to fight cancer, knee pain, joint pain, and much more.
You Will Need:
a) 2 carrots (chopped)
b) 1 apple (chopped)
c) 1 beetroot (chopped)
a) Toss all the ingredients mentioned above in a blender and pour water if needed.
9. Green Tea
Oolong, black, and green teas – all are good for fighting knee and joint pain because all of them are rich in polyphenols. They are the compounds that help to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Just note that all teas are not same, green tea has the maximum anti-oxidants followed by white and then black. In fact, green tea contains epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) that can guard bones and the surrounding cartilage. Improved structure of joints also means less inflammation and pain.
10. Chicken Bone Broth
Chicken Bone Broth is the common beverage for the people facing chronic pain. It is usually made up of chicken bones rich in glucosamine and chondroitin. It is reported that the bone broth contains glucosamine that can stimulate the growth of new collagen (a vital element of joint structure), thereby treating inflammation, joint pain, and repair damaged joints.
You Will Need:
a) ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
b) 8 cups water
c) ½ tsp sea salt
d) 4 to 6 celery stalks (finely chopped)
e) 1-inch ginger root (finely chopped)
f) 1/2 yellow and white onion (finely chopped)
g) 1 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
h) 3 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
a) Put bones and other ingredients into the large pot or slow cooker and cover it with water.
b) Add apple cider vinegar to the water before cooking.
c) No fill the cooker with filtered water and leave a lot of room for water to boil.
d) Now heat it slowly and then simmer it for at least 6 hours.
e) Eliminate scum as occurs and make sure you cook slow. Just note that beef bones take 48 hours to cook whereas chicken bones take 24 hours. So 8 to 10 hours heating is enough.
f) You can even add veggies like garlic, onions, celery, and carrots.
Milk contains a sufficient amount of calcium to strengthen bones. Most of the researches have stated that drinking milk can lower the development of osteoarthritis of the knee and also prevent gout fully. But if you have a dairy allergy, it’s best to avoid milk. Instead, consume green leafy veggies and nuts to get calcium.