Foods For Healthy Joints

In order to maintain an active lifestyle, joint health is extremely important. When your joints aren’t properly supported and are pushed to perform, painful things can happen! I know from experience. As a result, I am careful about incorporating foods that support healthy joints into my diet regulary. Here are some great foods you can add into your diet to boost your joint health:

  • Red Peppers, Oranges and Tomatoes: These foods are high in vitamin c, which the body uses to make collagen. Collagen is essential because it is what our cartilage, tendons and ligaments are composed of. Increased levels of Vitamin C can help build healthy cartilage and repair damage as well.
  • Walnuts: These delicious nuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which help to east inflammation in the body. While walnuts are a good, healthy source of omega-3’s, they are also high in fat, so it is best to limit your intake to about a handful a day to maximize benefits without overdoing it on calories and fat.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: EVOO is a good source of lubricin, which improves the ability of synovial fluid to both protect and lubricate surrounding cartilage. You can easily get your daily intake by adding to salads or sautéing your foods with it.
  • Blueberries: These beauties contain 20 types of anthocyanin, antioxidants that give berries their blue-violet and red colors. These are great for easing arthritis pain in your joints.
  • Apples: Apples are an excellent source of quercetin, which is an antioxidant used in the formation of collagen. Red apples have the highest levels of quercetin, and in fact, the deeper the color red the apple is, the higher its levels of quercetin are. Apples are also high in magnesium which is one of the nutrients that promotes the formation of hyalouronic acid, which is a lubricating fluid found naturally in the joints.

As with any health condition, prevention is key! It’s so much easier to prevent pain than it is to treat it. Be good to your joints and they will be good to you!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

 

Soothing Joint Pain Without Medication

Joint pain can really limit our ability to participate in the activities we love, and often take for granted until we aren’t able to do them anymore. Joint pain is typically cause by a form of arthritis, and can limit our mobility. Luckily, there are some great natural remedies that can soothe your pain naturally, making it easier to participate in the things you love.

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Epsom Salt Soak

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral that has been used to get relief from pain for years because of its high levels of magnesium. To soak, simply add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large bowl of warm water, stir it and soak your joints for at least 1 minutes.

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Olive Oil Massage

A 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. Make sure the oil is extra virgin olive oil or “cold-pressed.” The ripeness of the olives at the time they were pressed determines the levels present. To massage, rub some olive oil (about 1 TBSP) onto your joints 2-3 times a day and gently rub.

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Essential Oils

Peppermint and eucalyptus have analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. They are very cooling oils, and can temporarily soothe your discomfort. To use, blend 5-10 drops of both eucalyptus and peppermint oil together, and then mix into 1-2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil (known as the “carrier” oil). You MUST dilute the essential oil or it may irritate your skin. Be sure to keep your blended oil in a dark glass bottle out of direct sunlight to maintain potency.

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Turmeric & Ginger

Turmeric is a bright yellow herb that has been used in cooking, dyes and Ayurvedic medicine in India and China for 2,000 years. Turmeric has recently drawn attention from Western health practitioners for the treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Please note: turmeric can cause side effects, specifically thinning of the blood, so please consult a practitioner before starting this herbal treatment. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends combining turmeric with ginger for natural relief of inflammation. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce swelling and stiffness. Take both herbs together in capsules at the same time, or make a tea, brewing a one-inch piece of each herb in two cups of boiling water for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the herbs and add honey or stevia to sweeten if desired.

By using some of these readily available natural remedies, you can support your body and help soother your pain without the use of medications. Treat your body well, and it will treat you well in return!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Reduce Stress & Improve Sleep Naturally With Your Feet

Today’s world is always go, go go. It’s no wonder many of us have a difficult time shutting down and sleeping at night. Our brains are going at full speed all day long, stress is high and we are often using our electronics late into the evening. There are many natural ways to help your body sleep better including breathing exercises, essential oils, turning off electronics at least 1 hour before bedtime and even some natural supplements you can take. However, one of my favorite ways to reduce stress and improve sleep naturally involves your feet…Earthing!

The theory behind Earthing is that our bodies are designed to come into contact with the Earth (a “grounding” force) on a regular basis. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding charge. Our bodies and cells have electrical energy, and with our constant use of Electromagnetic waves, Wi-Fi and mobile phone waves, many of us have a high amount of positive electrons built up in our bodies. Direct contact with the Earth helps to rebalance the body’s charge and bring it back to its natural state.

When Early Man lived, daily contact with the ground was a regular part of life. They didn’t have shoes or homes to prevent them from coming into contact with the Earth as they went about their day. In modern society, the amount of time our bare feet ever actually come into contact with the ground outside is minimal.

For example, have you ever noticed how much better you sleep when you are at the beach? Walking in the sand and water, contacting the Earth throughout the day and exposure to the natural sunlight can do wonders for rebalancing the body.

What Is Earthing Good For?

According to emerging research, Earthing can be beneficial in:

  • Reducing inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons
  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Improving Sleep (I can vouch strongly for this!)
  • Increasing Energy (I noticed this also)
  • Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones.
  • Normalizing biological rhythms including circadian rhythm
  • Improving blood pressure and blood flow
  • Relieving muscle tension and headache (I noticed this)
  • Lessens menstrual and female hormone symptoms
  • Speeds healing- used in some places to prevent bed sores
  • Can eliminate jet lag
  • Protecting the body from EMFs
  • Shortens recovery time from injury or athletic activity
  • Reducing or eliminating snoring
  • Helping  support adrenal health

How Do I “Earth?”

If you have time and access to walking barefoot outdoors each day, this is the best and most inexpensive way to try Earthing. Remove your shoes and socks, walk in the dirt, grass, sand or even ocean to allow the Earth’s energy to rebalance you.

If you are unable to go barefoot outside because of your location or lifestyle, you can try an Earthing Mat. You can place the mat on the floor and put your feet on it throughout the day (a great option for those who work a desk job), or even get a half mat and place in it your bed so you can experience the benefits while you’re sleeping. These mats allow the Earth’s natural electrons to flow up through the mat, regardless of where you are located.

Since the weather is getting warmer, now is a great opportunity to practice Earthing and get back in touch with nature. Try Earthing outside or get a mat and let me know what you think!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Managing Arch Pain

The term arch pain (often referred to as arch strain) refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot.

Cause

There are many different factors that can cause arch pain. A structural imbalance or an injury to the foot can often be the direct cause. However, most frequently the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, usually due to over-pronation (flat feet), causes plantar fasciitis. The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas. The pain is often extreme in the morning when an individual first gets out of bed or after a prolonged period of rest. If this condition is left untreated and strain on the longitudinal arch continues, a bony protrusion may develop, known as a heel spur. It is important to treat the condition promptly before it worsens.

Treatment & Prevention

This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. If you suffer from arch pain avoid high-heeled shoes whenever possible. Try to choose footwear with a reasonable heel, soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles and removable foot insoles. When the arch pain is pronation related (flat feet), an orthotic designed with a medial heel post and proper arch support is recommended for treating the pain. This type of orthotic will control over-pronation, support the arch and provide the necessary relief.

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DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Home Remedies for Foot Tendonitis Pain

This week I am trying a new video format on the blog. Check out this week’s video to learn more about home remedies for foot tendonitis (inflammation or pain in the foot caused by overuse or injury). These are common items which you likely already have around the house that can do wonders for helping to reduce your foot pain. Be sure to comment to let me know what you think of the new video format!

To watch the video click here: Foot Tendonitis Natural Remedies

Turmeric…A Miraculous Spice!

Turmeric is not a popular spice in the US, but it has very powerful health benefits that should not be ignored. It has been used for thousands of years in India as a medicinal herb, and is what gives curry its signature yellow color. Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and a very strong antioxidant.

It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Incorporating anti-inflammatories into our diet is critical.

I try to sprinkle turmeric in most of my sautés and soups to give my meals a nutritional, anti-inflammatory boost. However, if you are really looking to get a concentrated dose of curcumin, you can take it in capsule form. This allows you to get all the benefits without having to alter the taste of your food much. Be aware that it is poorly absorbed in the blood stream, but absorption may be improved by eating it with a healthy fat (it is fat soluble).

Aloe…Not just for sunburn!

Aloe is a summer staple for many because it is a great natural remedy for sunburn. Did you know that aloe has many other health benefits? It is great for your digestion, for keeping your skin hydrated and as a natural anti-inflammatory.

When it comes to digestion, aloe can be extremely helpful for the body to help maintain a healthy mucous membrane system. When my daughter was younger, she had constipation issues. Aloe was so important in helping her digestive system to heal itself. We used George’s Aloe Vera because it tastes like water and can easily be added to any beverage. By soothing her digestive system, we were able to cure her constipation without over the counter medication.

If you’re like me, you have a tendency to get dry skin in the winter. Aloe can be a great way to help protect cells against skin-damaging free radicals in the environment. By promoting healing from the inside out, you can improve the hydration in your skin, and it will show.

Aloe can be a powerful anti-inflammatory. It can help ease joint pain, sun burn, improve acne and reduce overall inflammation in the body. The standard American diet is filled with foods that cause inflammation in the body. It’s important for your health to combat that inflammation to keep your body looking and feeling its best.

This summer, I encourage you to try some aloe in your diet! Be sure to follow the dosage amounts and not overdo it. Sometimes too much of a good thing can be a bad thing!