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10 Natural Remedies for Arthritis That Actually Work

7. Olive oil Using olive oil in any way possible can help reduce the effects of joint pain to a visible extent. Olive oil can be… mbwriting - May 16, 2016

7. Olive oil

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[Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture /Flickr]

Using olive oil in any way possible can help reduce the effects of joint pain to a visible extent. Olive oil can be used for cooking or a massage. Any use of olive oil is extremely useful in healing the after effects of joint pain as it is full of pro-inflammatory enzymes which help to curb the painful pressures of joint pain.

 

Studies have shown that just 1 and ½ tablespoons of olive oil are equivalent to just 200mg of ibuprofen. This remedy is suitable for someone seeking a natural way to reduce inflammation in his or her joints.

Olive oil is frequently used in medicinal massages in India. Doctors prescribe olive oil massage for the relief of swelling, muscle pain and sprains. You can use ½ cup of the regular extra virgin olive oil that is available in your local grocery store for a full body massage. To decrease the density and enhance the aroma, mix a few drops of an essential oil such as rose or lavender.

If you are not keen on rubbing olive oil on your skin, adding olive oil to your cooking routine is easy as pie. When a recipe calls for oil, simply switch out your normal cooking oil for olive oil. You can also cook all of your meat in olive oil as this is a simple way to add this oil to your diet without even compromising the taste of your food. Another delicious way to incorporate this oil into your diet is to dip bread into a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

8. Stay hydrated

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[Photo by Dirklaudio/Flickr]

I know this sounds trivial, but an essential part of eliminating joint pain is hydration. When your body is hydrated, it allows for free flowing nutrients to move through your bloodstream and into your joints. On the contrary, when you are dehydrated, nutrients cannot easily move through your blood stream causing a lack of nutrients to reach your joints.

 

Since your body is made up of 90% water, it is essential to stay hydrated at all times. Some simple tips to tell if you are dehydrated are the following: If your pee is yellow or if you press your finger into your skin on your forearm and your arm stays white for a long period, these are all signs that you are dehydrated and need to drink water as soon as possible.

Although drinking an adequate amount of water may not entirely cure your joint pain, it could be a tool to help your body aid in the combat against your joint pain. Think of it like this; you want more soldiers standing with you rather than fighting against you for you to defeat the battle.

The daily recommended dose of water you should be consuming is at least eight glasses. If you are not someone who drinks water or easily become bored of drinking water, you can add flavor droplets to transform the water into a tasty treat.

9. Incorporating more potassium into your diet

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[Photo by fdecomite/Flickr]

Have you ever experienced joint swelling and wondered why this is happening? When you are experiencing joint and tissue swelling this is because you have too much sodium and not enough potassium in your body. As we all know, sodium brings water and nutrients into your cells, while potassium flushes waste, water, and toxins out of your cells. It has been shown that Americans consume ten times too much sodium and only 1/10th the potassium, which causes your cells to swell up and hold onto water.

 

As you start to consume foods or do cleanses that are higher in potassium, your body can flush and get rid of the extra fluids in your joints or even reduce things such as cellulite.A great source of potassium can be added to your diet through the consumption of dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and seaweed. If you are simply not a fan of eating a whole bunch of greens, creating a smoothie with spinach, yogurt, banana and avocado is a great way to get the recommended daily dose of potassium. There are also potassium supplements that can be bought at your local supermarket and integrated into your daily supplement routine.

10. Cayenne

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[Photo by James Diedrick/Flickr]

This herb is known to have some anti-inflammatory properties that are known to aid the human body in the healing process. Born in South America, it’s the active ingredient of capsicum in cayenne that thins your blood and helps your circulatory system deal with inflammation. Capsicum is also known to interfere with the neurotransmitters that send pain signals to our brain. An analogy can be made that capsicum is like the linebackers of a football team who block the opponent players from doing their job. In essence, the capsicum blocks the pathway usually traveled and did not allow the pain signal to reach the brain, therefore reducing or eliminating the level of pain.

 

If you like the taste of Cayenne, which is a little bit spicy, you can simply add it to your recipes when cooking. If this is not something that appeals to you, a cream can be created that may be applied to your skin. To create the cayenne cream mix, three tablespoons of cayenne powder with 1 cup of oil and heat on the stove top for about 10 minutes or until everything is melted and evenly mixed. Remove from stove and transfer to a glass container and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes or until cool. The cream is then ready to be applied to your skin where it should stay on for 30 minutes and then be washed off. But beware that you do need to use this cream with caution and wash your hands throughout after application as it can cause extreme pain and irritation of both the eyes and mouth.

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[Photo by Take Back Your Health Conference/Flickr]

Let it be known that you do not have to do all of these remedies in one day. If you simply incorporate one and then try another, you may find that it will set you on a cascade to the future of better overall joint health. You may find that one day you are looking in the mirror and looking back at a person wondering when you became pain-free. Who knows one day you may find that you are out with friends a year from now, and you are teaching somebody that you love and care about that one remedy you adopted in your life has now impacted them. You may find that you have created a ripple effect, and there is no better satisfaction in life than helping others through their pain and suffering.

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