6 Foods To Help Cure Joint Pain
Yes, you can eat your way to less pain. That is not a dream but a reality. I enjoy food. Really, that is an understatement. I LOVE food! So to tell me I can eat food and that could potentially help me heal my body? Then I am game!
Imagine that you have a flat tire and needed to replace it. You need a replacement tire and a car jack, which is provided by your car. What happens if you are missing your car jack? Or what if your spare tire is flat as well? Well you can’t fix your car without taking time to wait for help. That is what it is like for your body when healing injuries. Your body is the single best healing solution for you when it has all of its proper tools and they are in good working condition. How is your body suppose to fix you when you are not giving them the right means? Setting up for a longer and miserable road to recovery is what you are in store for.
I have always been interested in food. I love eating food, trying new recipes, cooking, baking, talking about it and even reading about it. If it has something to do about food, you have my attention. Ask all my coworkers and they will verify this. That however does not make me an expert. Therefore I have asked our Food Expert, Ben MacMillan, to aid me in explaining how what we eat can help or hurt our healing progress. Here is what he had to say:
Speed along recovery by changing your diet. Ya…that’s a thing.
Rest, rehab, and…..recipes. The keys to success. Don’t underestimate the power of food, it goes great as the side to your rehab entree. Removing and adding certain foods can impact your body’s ability to heal and recover. Don’t get caught up in thinking that you have to have a food allergy for certain foods to cause you problems. Put your body in its optimal healing state by adding and removing these foods below!
Common inflammatory foods in the body
- Soy (replace with coconut aminos)
- Gluten (just not a necessary food, try spaghetti squash)
- Vegetable oils- high in omega 6’s (replace with ghee, pastured lard, duck fat, butter, coconut oil)
- Good fat balance- cutting out the crappy vegetable oils and using good oils like ghee, butter, coconut oil
- Bone broth/ stock works really well because of the protein, collagen, gelatin, and glucosamine that make up the broth. Those elements aid in rebuilding the injured connective tissue. They also play a role in helping heal the gut which can further lead to reducing symptoms of systemic inflammation.
- Good thing to keep in mind when it comes to recovering from injury or reducing injury is that your caloric needs will go up. In that increased caloric need, the need for protein goes up as well to help heal and rebuild the injury site.
I might not have always eaten with the purpose of healing my injured body, but with the addition and subtraction with some of these foods I can feel my body recovering quickly. Strained or sore muscles take little time to recover now.
Every time you eat a meal, you have the opportunity to either give your body a hand, or slow the healing process down. Try adding and removing some of these foods and see how you feel. I prefer the path to a faster recovery. Eating well is just another step to help you heal and keep you moving well. Let’s make eating part of the solution.