Ask Leyla: How can one alleviate joint pain?

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| By Leyla Muedin MS, RD, CDN

Q: My mother suffers from joint pain. She is otherwise healthy, takes no medications and walks daily for exercise.

Is there anything she can take to alleviate her joint pain?

how can i alleviate joint pain?A: Joint pain can occur for many reasons, not least of all, diet. A low-inflammatory diet which eliminates vegetable oils (including hydrogenated oils), sugars, sugar substitutes, alcohol, soft drinks, caffeine, processed foods, white flour and other refined carbohydrates, can quell inflammation and reduce prostaglandins associated with pain.

Food allergies are notorious for causing a myriad of symptoms including joint pain, and additives and preservatives add insult to injury—especially in those with sensitivities. A common symptom of candida overgrowth is joint pain, and the leaky gut associated with it propagates further inflammation.

Whether the origin of joint pain is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the elimination of nightshades from the diet can provide tremendous relief. These include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes (sweet potatoes are allowed)
  • Peppers (including paprika and cayenne, but black pepper is allowed)
  • Eggplant

It’s important to note that just a two-week elimination of nightshades may not be long enough to diminish arthritis pain. It’s best to eliminate them for a minimum of two months to bring about real relief.

In addition to glucosamine and chondroitin, the addition of fish oil, curcumin and boswellia as part of a daily supplement regimen is extremely beneficial in relieving joint pain and associated inflammation.

To your health!

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