Whether you are a top athlete and bodybuilder, a middle-aged woman trying to cope with fibromyalgia or an elderly person suffering from osteoarthritis, inflammation and pain are probably no strangers! These problems are not fatal, but they can make everyday activities difficult and life in general miserable if they cannot be properly controlled.
The good news is that there are ways to help these issues that do not involve over-the-counter or prescription drugs that bring with them a number of potentially serious side effects. Read not to learn more about different methods to relieve inflammation and joint pain.
Get Enough Rest
Many people do not realize this, but when the body is not getting adequate rest, this lack of sleep causes immune responses to stimuli to be heightened – and part of the immune response is often an increase in inflammation, which can make problems like arthritis worse.
Supplement with Fish Oil
One of the best natural ways to help relieve inflammation and joint pain is to supplement regularly with fish oil. Fish oil is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which are well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties and which in several clinical studies have led to better joint pain control for those taking fish oil regularly.
Take Care of Your Gut
When it comes to inflammation, gut health is incredibly important: this is because inflammation is essentially an immune response and, amazingly, approximately 80% of the body’s immunity resides in the gut. Repopulating the gut with probiotic supplements or with yogurt, kombucha, fermented vegetables or kefir can keep the immune system strong and inflammation in check.
Drinking at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day keeps the entire body functioning better, including the immune system. Also, many toxins that get into the body can also induce an inflammatory response and the best way to flush them out is through drinking plenty of water. It will help boost energy levels naturally, too, and make it easier to get up and get those joints moving!
Indulge in an Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salts may sound a bit old-fashioned, but they have been used for decades to treat inflammation of the joints and muscles and are a well-proven remedy for both. Simply soak in a tubful of warm water to which has been added a cup of Epsom salts. This soak with help the body absorb the magnesium from the salts and increased magnesium levels are associated with relaxation and a calm frame of mind, as well as a decreased inflammatory response.
None of the steps outlined above is expensive or complicated. None of them require any fancy equipment. But even so, following these tips can have a strong, positive impact on the health of those suffering from any kind of inflammation and joint pain. Try them today to see just how effective they really are!
Sources: fitlife.tv, nutrilover.com, healthyfoodhouse.com
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