Quite commonly I see people complaining of feeling sore and suffering from joint stiffness, as they come through winter and in to spring and summer. Often this is caused by inflammation - due to the body becoming more acidic than it should be, commonly due to diet. Acupuncture is great for treating all sorts of aches and pains, but I generally give my patients a few ideas as to how they can make sure that their body is more alkaline and therefore able to make the most of the sunshine and fun we can all have outside (hopefully) in the summer!!!
A FEW IDEAS
Alcohol (especially beer), sugars, simple carbohydrates additives, saturated fats, margarine
Tea and coffee
Fizzy drinks as they contain phosphates that deplete calcium levels and cause bone weakness
Eliminate citrus fruit, wheat corn - these are common allergenic foods which can cause an inflammatory reaction.
Reduce red meat intake also shellfish and sardines
Avoid organ meats such as liver, kidney, heart, brain, etc.
Avoid game meat i.e. venison, pigeon, goose, etc.
All yeast–containing foods such as extracts (Bovril, Marmite, Vegemite), essence of chicken, brewers and baker's yeast, canned/powdered soups & stock cubes, consommé, gravies, sauces, etc.
Solanaceae vegetables i.e. tomatoes, white potatoes, aubergine, peppers
Avoid eating foods high in purines
Eat a diet which is based on organic, fresh ingredients:
Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Increase water to 2L per day. Joints need extra fluids.
Think about losing weight if this is an issue to reduce strain on joints.
Nettle tea: high mineral content
Green tea: contains polyphenols that fight oxidation in arthritic joints.
Fibre-rich whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, good grains include millet, oats, rice and buckwheat
Good quality protein such as soy, fish, or poultry
Diet low in fat No more than 20% of calories in fat (with only 10% animal fats). Low-fat dairy products
Bananas, artichokes for FOS ( natural prebiotic encourages growth of good bacteria in gut)
Antioxidants : Increase antioxidant containing foods that protect cartilage, tendons and joints. Vitamin C Vitamin E i.e. sweet potatoes, apricots, carrots, mangoes, broccoli, avocado, onions, fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries . Dark red purple and blue fruits help mobilise the uric acid out of joints, and reduce inflammation.
Celery and celery seeds are a traditional food-based remedy that has been observed to help halt inflammatory flare-ups as they are natural diuretics, decreasing uric acid.
Foods high in bromelain which is a natural anti inflammatory agent such as pineapple.
Foods high in vitamin C (red cabbage, kiwi fruit, acerola) Vegetables including kale, cabbage, parsley, green-leafy vegetables, okra, fresh veggie juices
Ginger and Turmeric: Inhibits pain-producing prostaglandins.
Garlic: Acts as an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Add fennel, caraway seeds, alfalfa, garlic and fresh herbs to cooking
Essential fatty acids from cold water fish such as tuna and salmon, and from good quality oils such as flax, walnut, olive, etc. Oils like walnut, flaxseed and grape seed can actually decrease pain and swelling.