Can Diet Ease Arthritis Pain?
At Central Orthopedic Group our goal is to alleviate our patient’s arthritis pain and allow them to function again in their normal lives. Many things can influence our joints and our joint pain. But can a change in your diet ease your arthritis pain? Yes it can! In this blog post we have discussed some changes to your diet that can influence a reduction in pain from arthritis.
How Your Diet Can Affect Your Arthritis
Allergies and inflammation of the joints are some of the reasons you experience pain from arthritis. One of the most common places many people feel arthritis pain is in their elbow. The constant bending of the arm and the common use of repetitive motions from activities such as gardening, golfing, tennis, and more can cause pain in the elbow.
By changing what you eat and drink to less inflammatory options, eat foods with less instances of allergic responses, and respond to infections promptly, you can decrease your arthritis pain. Below are some simple adjustments you can make to ease your arthritis pain.
1. Add Coconut Oil to Your Diet
Coconut oil offers many benefits that can specifically help someone suffering from arthritis pain. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which possess antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. This means that by regularly incorporating coconut oil into your diet you are more or less ingesting an antibiotic and anti-fungal medication that works subtly and harmlessly in your body to protect you.
There are many ways to receive the benefits of coconut oil whether ingested internally or used as a mouthwash. Since the common infections that are problematic for arthritis are oral infections, using coconut oil as a mouthwash in response to an oral infection will help heal the mouth and deter the toxic build up in the blood and inflammation of the joints that occurs.
Coconut oil can be added to food directly, and depending on the type (extra-virgin, virgin, raw, etc.) you can taste the “coconut-ness” or not. It can even be a delicious addition to coffee, simply use it in place of sugar for a rich, flavorful additive.
2. Incorporate Fatty Acids into Your Diet
One common fatty acid is Omega 3. Omega 3’s have positive effects in everyone’s life- acting as natural mood brighteners, encouraging heart health, brain growth, and more. They are also able to reduce joint stiffness and associated pain.
Omega 3’s can be found in fish oil supplements and in fish itself. It can also be found in certain seaweeds and plankton. If you choose to get the benefits from fish itself, salmon or sardines are good options. Be careful, however, with ingesting too much fish or fish oil supplements as there is a risk of mercury build up in the body from having too much seafood. Keep in mind that the larger the fish the more mercury it could have present in its body.
GLA, or Gamma-Linolenic Acid is another fatty acid that is very helpful for those suffering from arthritis. GLA is an Omega 6 fatty acid, and is specifically noted as the “anti-inflammatory essential fat.” It is helpful for all people, especially women, whether they struggle with arthritis pain or not.
GLA can help reduce the impact of inflammation from cardiovascular diseases, increase lung function, ease PMS, eczema and dermatitis, aid in autoimmune conditions, and some studies suggest it can be an anticancer agent as well as an aid to metabolic abnormalities such as diabetes.
Where can you find GLA naturally? This Omega 6 can be found in hemp, black currants, borage, and evening primrose. The most common supplements derive the fatty acid from borage or evening primrose oil.
3. Add a Dash of Turmeric to Your Dinner
Turmeric is a spice common to Indian dishes, but has a rather mellow taste. It contains a natural chemical called curcumin, which has been noted as an anti-inflammatory agent. By adding this to your food or a supplement of it, the anti-inflammatory properties may be able to ease arthritis pain.
**Supplements & Your Doctor
As will all supplements and dietary changes you should always confer with your primary care doctor before starting a new diet or supplement.
Central Orthopedic Group Is Here for You!
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you arthritis, seek the best in treatment. You do not need to grit and bare the pain. We can help you find a reprieve and get back to living your life pain free. Contact our doctors at Central Orthopedic Group to discuss how we can help you get back to your life through non-surgical, physical therapy, and surgical options.