If you experience pains, stiffness, and aches in the joints when you wake up, you should definitely try to do something about it and prevent additional complications, instead of just masking the symptoms with drugs.
Sometimes, the pain in the joints might be normal, for instance, after an injury, as it is due to the swelling, reduced mobility, and increased blood flow.
Also, it might occur after the workout.
Yet, the unexplained, chronic pain in the joints is a result of inflammation build-up in the body. It is caused by something you are doing to the body, and can thus be prevented and treated.
There are numerous inflammatory foods we consume on a daily basis. The following 5 are known to lead to pain and inflammation, so you should immediately remove them from your diet:
- Refined Carbohydrates and Gluten
Refined carbohydrates and flours are processed in the body in the same way as sugar, which is the reason why we are told they are bad for us. Yet, the truth is that only simple carbohydrates should be avoided, while complex carbohydrates are usually fine.
Simple carbohydrates and sometimes gluten, increase the levels of AGEs and therefore cause inflammation.
Hence, focus on complex carbohydrates from seeds, nuts, vegetables, beans, and whole grains, and avoid sugar, potatoes, rice, and flour.
Sugar is addictive and extremely harmful, as it leads to cancer, diabetes, and obesity, as well as pains and aches.
The National Institute of Health maintains that when the body tried to process processed sugars, they cause excessively high levels of AGEs (advanced glycation end products), causing oxidative stress and inflammation.
Therefore, you should limit the intake of sugar and foods that contain it, like fruit juices, sweets, candy, sodas, processed foods, and dressings. Make sure you are careful with foods labeled ‘low-fat’, and focus on whole fruits instead.
- Vegetable Oils and Trans Fats
Trans fats cause heart disease, and vegetable oils are also unhealthy, as they are overly processed. They are rich in omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and lead to inflammation.
The consumption of these oils forms an unhealthy balance of omega 6 to omega 3 fats, which should be consumed in 1:1 levels, which is far from the 10:1 ratios in most western diets.
So you should completely avoid soybean, cottonseed, corn, canola, sunflower, and safflower oils. Instead, consume avocados, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, and nuts.
You can also try pan sautéing, with a ceramic nonstick pan and vegetable broth. Numerous experts claim that organic coconut oil is good for cooking or olive oil can be added to salads and cold foods, as they are completely natural, unfiltered, and safe.
- Nightshade Vegetables
Even though we are constantly being advised to consume vegetables, you should avoid a group of them.
Namely, nightshades, the most common of which include peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and potatoes, lead to pain in the case of a heightened level of sensitivity to solanine and calcitriol, two compounds found in them.
Therefore, you should identify if they are the cause of your issues by eliminating them from your diet for 3 weeks. If everything remains the same, and the pain returns when you start consuming them again, they are the problem.
Sometimes, you can alleviate the issue by cooking them.
- All Dairy Products
More and more people are removing dairy products from their diet. The main reason for this is lactose intolerance – or the inability to digest milk sugars.
Yet, according to Dr. Amy Myers, author of The Autoimmune Solution, the bigger problems arise by the effects of milk proteins, such as the disruption of the body’s pH balance and inflammation.
Hence, you can use non-dairy, plant-based alternatives to goat, sheep, and cow milk. Plus, nut and seed milk varieties, like almond, coconut, and hemp milk are delicious and healthy substitutions.
Yet, make sure you always choose carrageenan-free products, as this additive endangers your health.
As soon as you remove these foods from your diet, you will experience significant changes. The inflammation and pain will be reduced, you can also eliminate the need for painkillers, and your overall health will be boosted.