Joint pain is a real drag and can ruin your day. Chronic joint pain is often attributed to aging, which can be a factor. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. Ignored joint pain subjects the body to an incredible amount of stress and causes unnecessary degeneration of joint tissue.
Although joint pain can be caused by overuse, arthritis, loss of bone density, and injury, it can also indicate a nutritional deficiency. If you experience daily pain and can’t determine the cause, it’s a good place to start. We have a smoothie recipe that will not only ease joint irritation but will also make you happy because it tastes so good.
We will review the individual ingredients of this joint relief blend and share the recipe. Once you know how each component helps, you can play around with the recipe, add and subtract to get the best balance for you.
Inflammation is actually a defense mechanism of the body designed to isolate an affected part of the body so that the problem does not spread. However, chronic inflammation causes more problems than it solves. Inflammation that does not go away is usually called an autoimmune disorder. When there is no infection to fight but the inflammation persists, the result is pain, stiffness, and possible loss of function of the affected joints.
Chronic inflammation can also push joints out of position, causing muscle strain. The muscles end up rebuilding around the joint out of place to stabilize it, and none of this is comfortable. At this point, you may also experience pain in other parts of your body due to the misaligned joint.
Vitamin deficiency is a common cause of inflammation, especially if your body lacks enough calcium, bromelain, magnesium, and iron. Our smoothie recipe aims to provide adequate nutrition to reduce chronic inflammation and facilitate healing of the original complaint.
The star of pineapple for joint pain is bromelain. This anti-inflammatory compound is commonly recommended for people with arthritis because it reduces inflammation from soft tissue damage. Other main characteristics of pineapple include the star vitamin C, as well as manganese, copper, fiber and B vitamins.
Speaking of vitamin C, orange juice helps keep ligaments and tendons strong, making it ideal for supporting joints. Its antioxidant properties reduce oxidative stress due to damage caused by free radicals. Flavonoids and carotenoids work to support cells in the blood vessels and inhibit the inflammatory response, resulting in less pain. OJ also contains magnesium and calcium to contribute to joint health, which makes it great overall.
Cinnamon is a tasty spice that helps improve blood circulation, which can be hampered by inflammation. It has also been used comprehensively to treat joint conditions. In some cases, joint bone problems cause inflammation and chronic pain. A 2008 study of rheumatoid arthritis and bone damage found that the disease increases the activity of osteoclastic cells, which break down bones for reabsorption. In the study, cinnamon was able to decrease osteoclast activity and reduce bone damage.
Whole grains like oatmeal keep inflammation at bay because they are resistant starches. It is a type of carbohydrate that is not digested in your system, feeding healthy gut bacteria instead of your entire body. Healthy bacteria produce a fatty acid that makes fat oxidation more efficient, leading to less inflammation. You’ll also get a little iron per serving, reinforcing another common deficiency associated with joint pain.
Honey is a sweet and delicate flavor that contains a true antioxidant effect. It has also been used as a medicine for thousands of years, for conditions as diverse as coughs and skin infections. Mixed with apple cider vinegar, honey is a common natural pain reliever for joint pain. However, we believe that our smoothie tastes better. You still get all the nutritional benefits of honey’s antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, as well as a pleasant softness and smooth texture.
Sounds delicious, right?
2 small cups of diced pineapple
1 cup of rolled oats
2 cups of water
1 glass of orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 TSP raw, natural honey
-Add water and oats into a pot and allow it to cook according to package directions.
-Allow the oatmeal to cool.
-Place orange juice, cooled, cooked oats, cinnamon, pineapple, and honey into a blender.
-Blend until smooth.
-Add more water as desired to thin the texture.
Drink this smoothie once a day, whenever you want, for 5 days. It should be practically free of joint pain on the fifth day. If the pain isn’t the result of occasional overuse but rather associated with aging, arthritis, or repetitive movements that you can’t avoid, you can make this delicious smoothie a lifelong habit.
If you don’t feel relief within 5 days, the problem could be related to something more serious than inflammation caused by a vitamin deficiency or overuse. This smoothie is an overall healthy drink that includes several ingredients known to decrease inflammation and pain, but cannot cure all possible underlying conditions. At this point, it is important to consult your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
This smoothie is a smart habit that should be easy to maintain. Healthy fruits, grains, and condiments make it good for you on many levels, not just for joint support. Now, the relief of burning, aching pain from swollen joints is the main focus here. The greatest vigor and well-being you can feel is just the icing on the cake. But that means you can really enjoy flexible and painless joints! We hope that returning to the physical activities you enjoy will bring you as much happiness as health.