Arthritis affects many people in the world, millions of people suffer from painful, stiff, and swollen joints as the result of arthritis.
While there is no direct cure, but can be improved by following a diet high in certain foods and drinks with anti-inflammatory properties.
Remember an old saying – “You are what you eat”.
But what you drink, and how much you drink – Well, turns out you are what you drink, too!
Making healthy beverage choices is equally as important as choosing healthy foods, try these five drinks, recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, can help ease the symptoms of painful joints.
Tea is among the oldest drinks known to man other than water and is one of the most-studied drinks when it comes to its benefits for arthritis patients.
Green, black and white teas are all rich in polyphenols – compounds from plants that healing and regenerative compounds that offer anti-inflammatory effects when consumed on a regular basis.
Green tea is often hailed as the best, you’ll find the highest polyphenol levels in green teas., but any naturally brewed tea can help balance minerals and keep us hydrated.
Green tea is generally viewed as the most beneficial of all because its active ingredient “epigallocatechin-3-gallate” or EGCG.
EGCG has been shown to be as much as 100 times stronger in antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E, helping to preserve cartilage and bone.
Tips: Green, white and black teas do usually contain caffeine, as a result, you should only drink this in the morning or throughout the day.
You can add lemon, citrus or other sweeteners like honey to flavor your tea, but don’t add too much to keep calories and sugar levels low.
Unless you are sensitive to dairy and are lactose intolerant, you do not have to go dairy-free if diagnosed with arthritis.
Like coffee, some researchers believe that the calcium in milk may contribute to joint inflammatory, but the evidence seems to rather indicate milk offer more benefits than not.
For the most part, there is not enough research to suggest that people with arthritis should ditch milk, we don’t advise drinking more than you normally would, but there’s no need to give up milk, either.
Tips: Drinking milk, which is a good source of calcium, vitamin D and protein, may aids in shielding the body against gout attacks and can also fight the progression of osteoarthritis (OA).
Make sure you consider your particular health factors when selecting the best type of milk for you to avoid consuming extra calories and saturated fat.
As a stimulant coffee has multiple benefits for your health and proven to have dense antioxidant profiles along with a generous concentration of anti-inflammatory polyphenols.
Coffee attacks harmful free radicals which can cause all types of severe cell damage and help flush toxins out so they do not accumulate in the joints and cause problems like arthritis and gout.
The study findings between coffee and increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis still don’t provide a clear picture.
Some studies say coffee increases the risk, while others do not, however, another consideration for coffee intake and arthritis is the benefits of coffee for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that could help reduce inflammation in your joints.
Tips: As a rule of thumb, it is best to drink coffee in moderation – no more than one or two cups of coffee a day – to ensure you do not get any negative side effects from caffeine or other compounds in the coffee.
Watch your caffeine intake and be mindful of coffee and espresso drinks that are full of whipped cream and syrups increases your total calorie intake for the day, which could make weight maintenance more difficult, and the added sugar could put you at risk for developing conditions like diabetes.
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The best juices for joint health include orange, tomato, pineapple, and carrot juices as well as grape, tart cherry and cranberry are all high in the antioxidant, vitamin C, which can neutralize free radicals that lead to inflammation.
Tart cherry juice has been shown to protect against gout flares and reduce OA symptoms, a 2012 study showed that drinking cherry juice twice a day for 21 days reduced the pain felt by people with OA.
Tips: Be sensible when drinking juice: it’s delicious, but also high in sugar and calories which can lead to digestive issues when too much is consumed.
Be sure to speak with your doctor first if you’re a fan of grapefruit juice because it can inactivate or alter the effect of many medications.
Experts rave about the benefits of smoothies over juice because they require using the whole fruit or vegetable– giving you the maximum amount of nutrients and bonus of fiber, which helps clean out arteries and fight constipation.
Colorful fruits and vegetables are the best way to give your body antioxidants.
Adding berries or dark leafy greens like spinach or kale can give you big doses of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Tips: Adding yogurt to your smoothie is another way to give your body essential vitamins and helpful probiotics.
Also, adding a fermented beverage like kefir (Make sure you’re choosing a low- or no-sugar yogurt or kefir) can boost probiotic content, which can decrease inflammation in your body.
Try adding turmeric (There are a lot of studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of turmeric in reducing joint pain), sunflower seeds, coconut milk or coconut oil for an excellent home remedy to treat joint pain.
Curcumin has also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties to reduce osteoarthritis.
You may be surprised to find it on the list, is packed full of a powerful antioxidant compound called resveratrol, which has well-established anti-inflammatory effects including the relief of joint pain, swelling, inflammation, and stiffness.
Some studies show wine consumption is associated with a reduced risk of knee osteoarthritis, and moderate drinking is also associated with a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But many experts question the strength of these studies and argue it’s hard to distinguish confounding factors in this research, until recently, little research has directly assessed the effects of drinking on RA.
Other research shows that heavier drinking alcohol has detrimental effects on arthritis, also, alcohol can interfere with some RA medications, with serious health implications.
Tips: Always remember to drink in moderation, experts agree there aren’t enough health benefits in alcohol to start drinking if you don’t already do it.
The general recommendation is one drink a day (of alcohol) for women, two for men — Any more than that can counteract the benefits and turn your alcoholic drink into a pro-inflammatory.
There is no such thing as a magical elixir to drink to keep us healthy, but if there was, it would be water.
Keeping your body hydrated is vital for flushing out toxins, reducing inflammation, soothing damaged joints, regenerating damaged cells, and providing relief from pain.
Research has shown that adequate water intake stimulates synovial fluid (What lubricates the joints, keeping them cushioned and prevent grinding) production which can help your joints move more smoothly and prevent gout attacks.
Drinking adequate water can also help you maintain a healthy weight by helping to maintain good digestive health, removing wastes, and reducing calorie intake.
Tips: Aim for about eight 8-ounce glasses (total 64 ounces or 2 liters) of water per day and spread your fluid intake throughout the day to compensate for fluid losses.