When you get old it is common to feel that your legs are not functioning properly or you have some pain here and there in your joints. When you are young on the other hand, you don’t even think of the possible health problems you might have when you get old, if you don’t start preventing right away.
You take for granted the freedom of movement, until you don’t have it anymore. The cause of this affection comes with the name of arthritis, the inflammation of one or more of your joints. There are two main kinds, osteo and rheumatoid, both of which affect the joint in different ways.
Osteo arthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone. Rheumatoid is little less straightforward, being caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and that can lead to bone loss. Whichever you experience, there are natural remedies for arthritis to manage the pain and ease the symptoms.
Here are the 3 most accessible and natural solutions that can do wonders for you:
Turmeric & Ginger Tea
Turmeric and ginger have both anti-inflammatory properties, and will help with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric has been on people’s minds a lot lately, and here it proves once again its miracle. It has an active ingredient called curcumin, which is a very powerful antioxidant. In addition, it lowers the levels of 2 enzyme
s responsible for causing inflammation (which is what we’re often fighting with arthritis.) You can take these in a capsule form or m
ake a nice spicy tea to enjoy daily. You will need:
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Get 2 cups of water to the boiling point, and add ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it for 10-15 minutes. Add as much honey you like and you can enjoy it twice a day. This quantity should be enough for 2 servings.
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Magnesium is very important for our development and for maintaining our health. Our body can’t produce it and we need to get it in our system from external ways. It is so beneficial especially ffor the joints because it relaxes all our muscles and nerve endings, relieving stiffness and pain. It is even part of what makes our heart beat. Not only does it relax muscles and ease pain (this goes for arthritis pain too, of course) it helps bones to mineralize.
Many studies showed that people who have a diet high in magnesium or take supplements to satisfy that need, have higher bone density, and overall stronger bones. There are a lot of options out there, and you just have the choose the most convenient one for you. It would be advisable if you would also ask your doctor about any recommendations, if you don’t know what to choose.
The miracle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil has been extremely known for its health benefits for the entire body. The very consistency of olive oil makes it seem like something that would lubricate your joints and ease arthritis pain, and it turns out, it actually does. The main compound in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) called oleocanthal inhibits inflammatory enzymes COX-1 and COX-2, just like Advil or aspirin does. The study showed that 1 ½ tablespoons is equal to 200-mg of ibuprofen.
But be careful though! Not every oil is prepared in the right way. Heat destroys oleocanthal, so it is necessary to use extra virgin olive oil or “cold-pressed.” The ripeness of the olives at the time they were pressed also determines the level of oleocanthal. In the most cases, the stronger tasting the oil, the higher the level of oleocanthal.
How to use it:
Get 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in your palms and start rubbing it on your joints twice a day, massaging gently. You can also include in your diet the intake of 2-3 tablespoons daily, but be sure to give up some other form of fat due to the high calorie count in the oil (don’t worry if you don’t though, these are good calories anyway).