Joint pain is a real hurdle and can ruin your day. Chronic joint pain is often attributed to aging, and this can be a factor. But that doesn't mean it can't be treated. Ignored joint pain puts the body through an incredible amount of stress and causes unnecessary degeneration of joint tissue.
While joint pain can be caused by overuse, arthritis, loss of bone density, and injury, it can also indicate a nutritional deficiency. If you are experiencing daily pain and can't pinpoint the cause, this is a good place to start. We have a smoothie recipe that will not only relieve joint irritation but will also make you happy because it tastes so good.
We're going to look at the individual ingredients in this super joint relief mix and then share the recipe. Once you know how each component helps, you can play around with the recipe, add and subtract to get the best balance for you.
First, let's take a deeper look at the mechanism of joint pain: inflammation.
Inflammation is actually a body defense mechanism meant to isolate a afflicted part of the body so that the problem doesn't spread. However, chronic inflammation causes more problems than it solves. Inflammation that does not go away is generally called an autoimmune disorder. When there is no infection to fight but inflammation persists, the result is pain, stiffness, and possible loss of function in the affected joints.
Chronic inflammation can also push your joints out of position, causing muscle tension. The muscles are then rebuilt around the misplaced joint in an attempt to stabilize it, and none of this is comfortable. At that time, you are also likely to experience pain in other parts of your body due to the misaligned joint.
Vitamin deficiency is a common cause of inflammation, especially if your body lacks enough calcium, bromelain, magnesium, and iron. Our smoothie recipe is aimed at providing the proper nutrition to reduce chronic inflammation and facilitate recovery from the original complaint.
The star of the juice is pineapple and its main ingredient is bromelain. This anti-inflammatory compound is commonly recommended for people with arthritis because it reduces inflammation in soft tissue injuries. Other great characteristics of pineapple include vitamin C, which is a star, as well as the vitamins manganese, copper, fiber, and B
Speaking of vitamin C, orange juice helps keep your ligaments and tendons strong, which is great for joint support. Its antioxidant properties decrease oxidative stress as a result of free radical damage. Flavonoids and carotenoids work to support blood vessel cells and inhibit the inflammatory response, leading to less pain. It also has magnesium and calcium to contribute to joint health, so it's just amazing.
Cinnamon is a tasty spice that helps improve blood circulation, which can be hampered by inflammation. It has also been used holistically to treat joint conditions. In some cases, problems with the joint areas lead to inflammation and chronic pain. A 2008 study on rheumatoid arthritis and bone damage found that the disease increases the activity of osteoclast cells, which break down bone for resorption. In the study, cinnamon was able to decrease osteoclast activity and reduce bone damage
Whole grains like oatmeal keep inflammation at bay because they are resistant starches. This is a type of carbohydrate that passes undigested through your system, feeding healthy gut bacteria rather than your entire body. Healthy bacteria produce a fatty acid that makes the oxidation of fat more efficient, leading to less inflammation. You'll also get a little iron per serving, which will shore up another common deficiency associated with joint pain.
Honey is a delicate sweet flavor that contains a real antioxidant punch. It has also been used as a medicine for thousands of years, for conditions as diverse as coughs and skin infections. Mixed with apple cider vinegar, honey is a common natural pain reliever for joint pain. Although we think our shake tastes better! You still get all of the nutritional benefits of honey's antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, plus a nice sweetness and smooth texture.
Sounds delicious, right? Let's do it!
- 2 small cups of diced pineapple
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups of water
- 1 glass of orange juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tablespoon of natural honey
- Add water and oatmeal to a pot and cook according to package directions.
- Let the oatmeal cool.
- Place the orange juice, cold, cooked oatmeal, cinnamon, pineapple, and honey in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add more water as desired to thin the texture.
Drink this shake once a day, whenever you want, over the course of 5 days. You should be virtually free of joint pain by the fifth day. If the pain is not the result of overuse, but is associated with aging, arthritis, or repetitive motion that you can't avoid, you may want to make this delicious smoothie a habit for life.
If you don't experience relief within 5 days, the problem could be related to something more serious than inflammation caused by vitamin deficiency or overuse. This shake is an overall health drink that includes several ingredients known to decrease inflammation and pain, but cannot cure all possible underlying conditions. It is important at this time to consult your doctor for a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
This smoothie is a smart habit that should be easy to maintain. Healthy fruits, grains, and seasonings make it good for you on many levels, not just supporting your joints. Now the main goal is to relieve the burning and aching pain from the inflamed joints. The increased vigor and well-being you can experience is just the icing on the cake. But it does mean that you can really take advantage of flexible and pain-free joints! We hope that returning to the physical activities that you enjoyed will bring you both happiness and health.
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