Aches and pains are a daily reality for a lot of people. They are considered to be a natural part of the aging process, an unfortunate reminder of our mortality. We all expect to limp, hobble and wince all the way through middle age into our retirement.
This rather depressing acceptance doesn’t have to be our reality. Rather than blindly acknowledging aches and pains as part of our lives, taking a closer look at our diets can make a huge difference.
Many foods can have an inflammatory effect on our bodies, but many people overlook what they drink. The reality is that what you drink could be the root problem and the core solution to your pain problems.
Drinks That Cause Inflammation and Joint Pain
Full-fat milk has strong inflammatory properties and should never be drunk on its own if you consistently struggle with aches and pains. This is due to the fact that the majority of adults cannot process the purer forms of dairy properly. The digestive issues that these causes are seen as a trigger for inflammatory reactions.
The high sugar levels in a soda can cause serious issues inside of your body. When you consume large quantities of sugar, your body is flooded with a substance that it is not naturally designed to process. The body, therefore, reacts by producing additional cytokines, a cell secretion that boosts the immune system, which causes the affected areas to become painful and inflamed.
The debate rages on as to whether alcohol is 100% bad for you or whether it boosts your health in small doses, however, there is no denying the damage it causes your body when it is drunk to excess. Over-drinking weakens your digestive system and allows excess bacteria to pass through your stomach and into your intestines. This process damages the intestinal lining and causes gut ache.
Drinks for Joint and Muscle Pain Relief
The first step to relieving aches and pains is to remove the three drinks above from your diet (or at the least do not consume to excess.) The next is to replace them with at least of the below five drinks on a daily basis.
1. Turmeric Tea
Research has shown that turmeric is as effective an anti-inflammatory as leading drugs, such as phenylbutazone and cortisone, without any of the side effects. The main compound in turmeric, curcumin, is cited as the primary factor behind its incredible anti-inflammatory properties.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of clove
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (optional)
- pinch of fresh ground black pepper
- As much turmeric as you can handle! Start with a teaspoon and go up from there.
- 1-2 cups of water
- Raw honey to sweeten
- Almond Milk
- Add boiling water to the blender.
- Add in cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, black pepper, and turmeric. Blend until smooth.
- Strain tea and add milk and honey.
2. Leafy Green Smoothie
Leafy greens, such as spinach, are rich in Vitamin A, C, and K, all of which are potent antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. They protect the body from daily wear and tear, helping prevent the onset of aches and pains.
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup mango
- 1 cup pineapple
- 2 bananas
- Place the fresh spinach in the blender and add one cup of water. Blend until smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth once more.
3. Hot and Sweet Ginger
Ginger controls inflammation by fighting against overstimulated immune defense processes. It also has been found to break down the buildup of toxins in the body.
- 5 cups of water
- ¼ sliced fresh ginger
- Half a cup of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Boil the water and ginger in a saucepan.
- Reduce to medium heat and allow to simmer for five minutes.
- Stir in the brown sugar and honey.
- Strain out the ginger.
4. Blueberry and Walnut Smoothie
Blueberries and walnuts are both well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Containing, quercetin, blueberries fight inflammation by neutralizing free radicals in the body. Walnuts, help protect against metabolic syndromes.
- 1 cup homemade walnut milk
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (organic if possible)
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a handful of ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
5. Bone Broth
You can buy bone broth in stores, but it’s very easy to make your own at home. For some people, bone broth is a delicious treat, but others find it a little difficult to stomach the idea of drinking it straight. However, doing so can make a huge difference to your aches and pains. Bone broth contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, which collectively fight inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain.
Try at least one of the five drinks on this list and you will soon see a marked reduction in the likelihood and severity of your aches and pains. Don’t just accept a life living in chronic pain and discomfort, assess your diet and you’ll be a lot healthier, for a lot longer.