So many people complain of joint pain and of course as physiotherapists we are treating joint and muscle problems all the time. However, have you ever thought what may be causing these problems? As physiotherapists we look at your posture, how you sit at your workstation, how you lifted that heavy object, your sport etc, but sometimes you have pains for no particular reason. Why?
Pain is caused by inflammation, and inflammation is the result of an over acid body, which is turn is the result of a poor diet.
What do I mean by a poor diet?
A diet rich in processed foods, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
However, some foods that you may feel are reasonably good for you can also be inflammatory because you are intolerant to them, and some are just inflammatory foods, such as milk and diary products.
So what can you do yourself to ease the pain?
Start be eating a good healthy diet rich in oily fish, lean poultry (skinless), nuts, legumes and seeds, organic wholemeal oats, dark green leafy vegetables, other vegetables and fruit, organic where possible, and aromatic spices (turmeric, ginger, cloves, garlic, onion, coriander, ground mustard seed and cayenne pepper).
Eat oily fish because it gives you your Omega 3 oils which are anti-inflammatory. Eat fruit and vegetables because they leave an alkaline ash once digested and help to keep your body in an alkaline state.
What is so important about an alkaline state?
Viruses, bad bacteria and fungi cannot survive in an alkaline medium so it is a great way of preventing infections.
Check to see if you have any food sensitivities, as they can cause inflammation of your digestive system causing irritable bowel syndrome and even back pain. I use the Vega machine to test for any intolerances and it can also check your body energies to find out where your weaknesses are.
Cut out processed foods and especially sugar. High sugar encourages your pancreas to jump into action and secrete the hormone Insulin, whose job, among other things, is to get that sugar out of the bloodstream quickly and deliver it to the muscle cells where it can be used for energy. That happens because if sugar hangs around in the blood stream, it ultimately does a lot of damage. High sugar and high Insulin create inflammation and therefore pain.
To help reduce the inflammation you can take a strong fish oil capsule and I recommend Eskimo 3 High Strength which has been tested for dioxins and is high strength. Another great anti-inflammatory is Serrapeptase. It is a naturally occurring enzyme that comes from the silkworm where it is used for instantly dissolving the hard cacoon to allow the moth to escape and fly away. The silkworm also uses it to help digest the tough mulberry leaves that it feeds on. Serrapeptase has a specific anti-inflammatory effect and digests non-living tissues, blood clots, cysts, arterial plaque and inflammation of all forms. I recommend Serrapeptase as the safest and most effective solution to inflammation of all kinds. It can help in joint and back pain, muscle pain, sports injuries and arthritis.