Joint Pain Inflammation:
Common Triggers & Sources of Relief
Among the many negative physiological effects Gluten poses to the body is that is can trigger joint pain. Remember that, not only eating the wrong food can trigger it, but not eating enough of the right foods can trigger it also.
Avoid some of the common triggers that, when ingested, can contribute to pain and inflammation:
- Hydrogenated fats
- Sugar (especially refined)
- GMO oils (especially corn and soy)
- Cereal Grain – duh! (especially wheat and corn): high omega 6 fat content can create imbalance in the body’s ability to regulate inflammation
- Grain fed beef and farm raised fish (typically high concentration of omega 6 fats)
- Nightshades (eggplant, tomato, potatoes, peppers, and tobacco – smokers often suffer joint pain as a side effect to the habit)
- Coffee and other caffeinated beverages
- Legumes (especially peanuts) can contain lectins that can trigger joint inflammation
Reduce pain and inflammation with 11 essential helpers:
- Omega 3 Fatty acids – found naturally in many foods
- Pineapple – anti-inflammatory enzymes aid healing (consume fresh, natural enzymes not present in canned pineapple)
- Berries – Strawberries, raspberries, blue berries, acai berries, cranberries, and blackberries: phytonutrient antioxidants help control inflammation and enhance the immune system‘s ability to aid healing.
- Green Tea – flavonoids and polyphenols act as antioxidants helping the body detoxify (2-3 glasses/day will achieve therapeutic effect).
- Beef – Yes that’s right! While beef is often discouraged due to its saturated fat content, not all beef is the same. Grass Fed Beef for example can be very healthy, in moderation, as it contains very little saturated fat, and is nutrient rich. Grass fed beef should be rich in naturally occurring “good” trans-fat that helps the body metabolize fat and lose weight. Corn fed beef on the other hand (found in most grocery stores) is high in saturated fat and often toxic chemicals from the chemically laden corn typical feed lot cattle consume.
- Tumeric – anti-inflammatory (curcumin) can be used in a variety of recipes when cooking and helps combat inflammation & pain…not to mention adds great flavour.
- Garlic – anti-inflammatory compounds can provide great benefit to the body, can be used when cooking and preparing almost any meal.
- Ginger – anti-inflammatory can help relieve nausea, indigestion, and heart irregularities.
- Cold Water Fish* – rich in omega 3 fatty acids *be cautious and knowledgable of where fish (or any seafood) is caught/raised as it may have been exposed to toxic metals (i.e. mercury) from polluted waters.
- Water – general rule is to drink enough to make you “go” 3-4 times per/day. Try adding lemon to boost alkalinity.
- Vitamin C rich Foods and/or Supplements – natural anti-inflammatory can be deficient when under long term stress, by consuming large amounts of caffeine, and/or inadequate fruit/veggies consumption (get list here).