Joint pain can truly make your life a lot worse. It can be caused by a host of things, like stress, arthritis or injuries, but no matter the cause, the pain can be a real blight on your day. Your joints are obviously critical to the movement of your limbs, and not being able to move your arms or legs without significant pain can really affect your quality of life in a negative way.
Painkillers can be a solution, but these often come with side effects that you’d rather not deal with. Especially when there are natural alternatives that can help relief the pain, too! In the following article you will find different beverages that can all help take away the horrible pain you’re feeling in your joints.
Disclaimer: This information is not an alternative to professional medical advice. In case of doubt, find a doctor or, if you are lacking health insurance, you could try a doctor website to find a web doctor or online doctor to chat with a doctor for an online diagnosis.
We’ll start with the most basic drink there is: water. Our bodies consist of about 70 percent water, so it’s pretty obvious that your body needs enough of it to keep functioning well. A lack of water can reduce the cushioning needed for your joints to operate soothly. Moreover, drinking enough water means your body will be able to flush out more of the toxins that cause inflammation that might very well be the source of your pain.
If you’re experiencing joint pain, aim for about 2 litres of water a day. Don’t bother with all the vitamin water that you can buy in stores: your body will get rid of all the extra stuff they put in there and these companies usually add sugar to their drinks.
2. Tart Cherry Juice
Usually, juice is discouraged for people suffering from joint pain. It contains a lot of sugar, without containing any of the fibre that fruit normally has to slow down the release of sugar into your bloodstream.
As such the sugar, a substance which has been shown to be inflammatory, is sent into your bloodstream without any regulation. However, an exception to this rule can be seen in the form of tart cherry juice. It still contains sugar, obviously, but it has also been shown in studies that it reduces inflammation and swelling. As such, it’s great for relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
3. Red Wine
We have some great news for wine lovers, because red wine is actually a good drink to get rid of joint pain. Of course, alcohol is somewhat of a natural painkiller, but not a very healthy one and as such it’s not advised to use it in that way.
However, red wine contains a substance called resveratrol, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking one to two glasses of red wine a day can reduce the risk of developing joint diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re looking for an alcohol-free way to enjoy these benefits, red grapes and red grape juice contain resveratrol, too.
A popular morning drink, tea is a very popular hot beverage to drink if you don’t care for caffeine in the morning. Tea has a nice and healthy dose of antioxidant polyphenols that can reduce the inflammation in your joints. Green tea is the richest in antioxidants, then white and finally black.
Moreover, green tea also contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin 3-gallate which can bolster and protect your bones and the surrounding cartilage. Combine these two effects, and you might just have hit the jackpot when it comes to relieving joint pain.
Those who do need their morning dose of caffeine can opt for a cup of joe instead of tea. Studies around the subject of coffee and joint pain have been ambiguous, with some saying that it can actually increase the risk of developing arthritis, while other studies have shown that it reduces the risk of gout, which is a form of arthritis.
However, coffee has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. If you want to reap the benefits of coffee, just keep your daily intake below 4 cups, as no negative effects have been found below that level.
Smoothies can be an excellent way to drink fruit without missing out on the vital fibre, which happens when you resort to drinking fruit juice. As such, it’s best to avoid using juice in your smoothies and stick to using ‘regular’ pieces of fruit and maybe even some vegetables. You can add some yogurt for a fresh sour twist and some healthy probiotics as well.
However, it doesn’t really matter how you get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, as long as you get it. This is because they contain a lot of antioxidants, which can combat free radical damage, a major driver of inflammation in the body.
7. Ginger Tea
Ginger has been praised for its amazing health benefits for decades and this includes the herb’s natural anti-inflammatory properties. It’s able to prevent the release of inflammatory molecules such as prostaglandin and leukotriene. It also contains something called gingerol, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and soothe sore muscles.
Any drink with ginger, not only ginger tea, will do, but we’d advise you to stick to homemade drinks. That way, you can avoid all the sugar that usually comes with all the drinks that you can buy in the supermarket.
8. Chicken Bone Broth
You may have seen supplements, either capsules or powder, for joint health called glucosamine and chondroitin. These supplements are popular with those who experience chronic joint pain, as it can prevent inflammation in the marrow bone.
However, these substances needn’t be consumed in pill or powder form. Chicken bone broth also contains glucosamine and chondroitin, as it’s found in the cartilage within the bones. It also contains collagen, a crucial element of joint structure, and fights inflammation.
Joint pain isn’t always caused just by things in the joints. Sometimes, you can get rid of the joint pain or at least reduce the pain levels. Milk has often been praised for the amount of calcium it contains, which can strengthen your bones and helps them maintain a healthy densities.
Studies have also shown that drinking milk may prevent gout and slow the progression of osteoarthritis. There is a catch, however. If you have a dietary sensitivity to dairy, milk will more likely exacerbate your knee and joint pain rather than soothe it. In this case, it’s better you try to avoid dairy as much as possible. If you still want to experience the benefits of an increased calcium intake, try eating more leafy veggies and nuts.
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