We often get questions about the best medication
to take for joint pain or arthritis. Usually, they
have tried over the counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen
already. Often, a doctor has prescribed an anti
inflammatory pain medication to address the
Friends, family, and clients want to know about
the side effects. Heart, liver, kidney disease
caused by use or overuse of these medications.
How about interactions with other prescription
So, what's my answer?
Well, our goal at Peak Potential Physiotherapy
& Wellness is to:
"Empower our local community to transform
their lives, stay independent, & active without
MEDICATIONS, injections, or surgery."
Along side our treatment plans, I urge you to
look into nutritional strategies that are going to
naturally decrease inflammation in your joints.
When I started to dig into the research, I was
surprised to see strong scientific studies and
validated literature about this.
I always knew nutrition was important to how
our bodies worked. I never realized how powerful
food can be. Especially in regards to prevention of,
as well as healing pain.
When you have arthritis, or joint pain, your body
is in a state of inflammation. Therefore, the focus
needs to be on adding food that reduce
inflammation and cutting out foods that increase
inflammation in the body.
So what are the top nutritional strategies you
can start using today to decrease pain and
1. Foods High in Antioxidants
Colorful foods are high in antioxidants. This
includes food such as blueberries, cherries, spinach,
and broccoli. Antioxidants support the immune
system, which fights inflammation and joint pain.
2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 Fatty Acids, or fish oil reduce joint
swelling which leads to pain symptoms. Found in
fish, nuts, and healthy oils, omega 3 is shown to
decrease morning stiffness and progression of
disease activity in both rheumatoid and
3. Increase Fiber
A high fiber diet increases something in your
body called C-reactive protein. This leads to
many inflammatory processes in the body
causing joint pain, heart disease, and diabetes.
Just increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
to include 20-35 grams of fiber per day is found
to decrease inflammation by as much as 1/3.
4. Cut out sugar and refined foods
Sugars and processed foods (think chips, cookies,
donuts) trigger the release of inflammatory
messengers in the body. To decrease
inflammation, avoid foods with fructose or sucrose
on the label. In addition, avoid refined
carbohydrates (especially white flour products),
and partially hydrogenated oils.
5. Supplement Appropriately
The most common nutrient deficiencies leading
to arthritis symptoms are Vitamin C and D,
selenium, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Deficits in
these areas are known to contribute to
In addition, a probiotic supplement can help
reduce inflammation. It helps by building up good
bacteria in your intestines. Healthy foods, along
with a good probiotic supplement can work together
to keep joints healthy and your body strong.
The supplements we use to combat joint pain and
stiffness (and favorite's of Dr. Oz too) can be found
Hippocrates says, "Let food by thy medicine".
Therefore, any supplements you take need to
be in addition to, NOT instead of a diet of healthy
foods. Also, it isn't safe to abruptly stop taking a
prescription medication without consulting your
My advice, start implementing some of these
strategies TODAY. When you see an
improvement in your pain, talk to your doctor
about the changes you are making.
Do you have any questions?
Do you need further nutritional guidance?
Are you looking for other strategies to decrease
pain without having to see a doctor or another
Comment below or call our office at 901-316-5456.