Eating whole, natural foods is always our first and best resource for healing. In particular arthritis, a.k.a. inflammation of the joints and joint tissue, can be alleviated by choosing the right foods. Foods with nutrients are known to reduce inflammation, ease pain, increase mobility and even slow the progression of the disease.
The key is to avoid inflammatory foods such as:
- red meat
- foods high in saturated fats
- artificial coloring and preservatives
- nightshade vegetables: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes
- caffeinated teas
While increasing the consumption of anti-inflammatory energy foods like:
- fruits such as cherries, kiwis, apples, and blackberries
- vegetables such as carrots, cucumber, kale
Juicing the right combination of fruits and veggies is a fantastic way to get the concentrated anti-inflammation nutrients into your diet. Juicing allows you to extract high doses of the vitamins and mineral needed to soothe arthritic conditions. Juicing also allows for easier assimilation and digestibility of said nutrients.
Anti-Oxidants = Anti-Inflammatory
It’s thought that free-radicals, a body damaging phenomena that attacks cells, abound from pollution, toxins, processed foods, and smoking. These radicals also occur naturally from the energy release from food and exposure to sunlight. Unchecked free radicals are a primary factor in aging and disease.
Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E can assist in disarming free radicals. They also happen to have great anti-inflammatory properties. Studies on arthritis include both of these vitamins as relief-packs for pain and slowing the disease.
Selenium is the booster pack that works in conjunction with Vitamins C and E. Once C and E disarm a free radical, they become inert. They need selenium to come along and re-energize them.
Vitamin A and Zinc also bring antioxidant mojo to the battle. These two nutrients in particular support the production and maintenance of our synovial membranes. The synovial membrane lines our joints and creates the lubricating juice, synovial fluid, which lets our joints move about freely.
And though not an antioxidant, calcium is important for building and maintaining strong bones (along with Vitamin D) and has a direct correlation with the health of our joints.
Juice Recipes to Ease Arthritis
There are a few fruits and veggies that contain either all of these nutrients or contain them all in combination with each other. Here are a few arthritis relieving juice recipes:
Blackberry Kiwi Sensation
- 3 kiwis (peeled)
- 3 cups of blackberries
Apple a Day
- 4 carrots
- 1 apple
- ½ – 1 cucumber
- 2 carrots
- 1 handful of kale
- 1 handful of parsley
- ½ apple
2-3 cups of pitted cherries to yield 4 oz of juice
4 oz of filtered water
Juice the cherries and add an even amount of water. Drink two 8 oz glasses daily until symptoms subside.
If you suffer from arthritic pain, consider adding these juices to your daily diet and enjoy easier, more pain-free movements.