Joint pain has been a major concern not only for the elderly but for young women as well. Due to the increase in toxins, mold, dysbiosis, and more it isn’t surprising. Instead of taking a pain killer, there are natural remedies to relieve joint pain!
The root cause of joint pain is inflammation. When we become inflamed our bodies will certainly tell us. Some common symptoms are:
- Feeling Fatigued
- Water Retention/Swelling
- Digestive Changes (i.e. bloating, constipation, diarrhea)
If you suddenly experience joint pain and these other symptoms, there is often something else going on. Even if you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis the remedies later discussed can help reduce pain naturally.
What causes joint pain?
The reason pain and inflammation occurs is when the immune system is triggered. The body releases white blood cells to attack the invader. This is very common with injuries, common conditions like the common cold, and chronic ones too.
However, with a cut or the common cold, the immune system is working effectively. It is doing its job of protecting the body. The body can also trigger this response when there is no invader. These are called autoimmune conditions.
What are the possible root causes?
This is where testing is very important! If you aren’t treating the right condition, you’re wasting time and money. Some tests I would recommend getting done are:
- Comprehensive Stool Test
- Breath Test
- Hormone Panel
- Thyroid Antibodies
- VCA IgM and IgG for Epstein-Barr Virus
This is a small list of tests, but it is a great place to start. I’d recommend the tests that make sense to your symptoms. For example, if you have a lot of gut issues, then the stool test and breath test are recommended.
You can order some of these tests online, however, I recommend going to a clinic. That way insurance may cover them. But also you get a physician’s guidance.
Some potential causes are:
- Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth
- Celiac Disease
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
What are some natural remedies for joint pain/inflammation?
When it comes to healing it is important to seek the best protocol. That is important in either A). eradicating the issue or B). putting it into remission.
These remedies can help reduce inflammation and pain as you heal. The reason I am not a fan of over-the-counter medicine is they treat the symptom. By treating the root cause you’ll feel 10x better.
Cutting Out Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar
You are most likely already doing this, but there are some key foods to kick to the curb! With any protocol, an inflammatory diet is ideal to help the body heal. Some key foods to remove are:
- Refined Sugar
Essentially all these foods wreak havoc on our system. Most importantly, our bodies have not adapted to all the changes we’ve made to our food. They’re often loaded with chemicals, hormones, antibodies, dyes, artificial/natural flavors, and so on.
If you have an autoimmunity disease and/or gut dysbiosis some other foods to remove is:
- Nuts and Seeds
Turmeric Turmeric Turmeric
This is an amazing superfood to reducing inflammation and pain. There are so many ways to consume turmeric as well. What makes turmeric so powerful is due to the Curcumin. This compound is responsible for ” block[ing] inflammatory cytokines and enzymes “.
The best way to consume turmeric is a curcumin supplement of 500mg a day. Another option is a drop of Turmeric essential oil in a capsule. However, there are some delicious ways to consume it too:
- Curry/Tikka Masala
- Golden Milk Latte
What is important is to add black pepper as it aids in absorption! Source: Here
This is very similar to Turmeric as it contains a lot of the same properties. I love love love this as it aids in digestion too. If you have inflammation in your gut this is a must-have. Studies found that it is just as effective as over-the-counter pain medication.
That is due to its ability to mimic COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib and even TNF blockers. These are types of medications that target receptors or enzymes that cause inflammation.
You can sip it or make it a base of a soup. Bone broth is loaded with benefits for reducing inflammation. It will also help relieve any stomach issues as well. Bone broth is full of collagen from the bones along with vitamins and minerals.
It also includes the amino acids glycine and proline which aid in reducing joint pain. If you are going to make your own get bones from grass-fed/antibiotics free. Some store-bought options I love are Bonafide or Trader Joe’s brand (in the refrigeration section). Source: Here
All the Essential Fatty Acids
Everyone should aim for a balance between Omega-3s and -6s. However, when it comes to inflammation we are going to focus on Omega-3s. The difference between Omega-3s and 6s are:
- Omega-3’s: They’re critical for hormone development, are apart of cell membranes, influence cell receptors, and support our blood, heart, and genetic function.
- Omega-6’s: These are just as important as they support our brain function, muscle growth, and hormone function. However, it also triggers inflammation and can take receptor sites away from Omega-3’s.
It is not that one is necessarily better than the other. What is important is the ratio between the two. Americans are often consuming way too many Omega-6s due to processed foods containing vegetable/seed oils.
The optimal ratio is 4:1 which is 4 Omega-6s to 1 Omega-3. However, since we want to reduce our inflammation we are going to increase our Omega-3’s. Some great sources are:
- Wild Salmon
- Cod Liver Oil
- Chia Seeds
- Grass-Fed Meats
The Omega-6 sources you want to reduce are:
- Vegetable Oils
- Blackcurrant Seed Oil
- Grain-Feed Meats
There are good sources of Omega-6s as we don’t want a deficiency. Aim to consume walnuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and evening primrose oil. The goal is to get the omegas from nutrient-dense options. Source: Here, Here, Here
Other Natural Remedies for Joint Pain
Besides manipulating your diet, there are other ways to reduce pain/inflammation. Some great options are:
- Low Impact Exercise – The best forms of exercise when healing is swimming, aquatic classes, walking, and yoga.
- Icing and Heating: Aim for 30-minutes of icing to reduce inflammation and swelling. Then switch to a heating pad to reduce pain and relax the muscles.
- Peppermint Oil: Add a drop or two to some coconut oil and rub on the joint. This helps to reduce inflammation and apply a cooling effect. Some other oils to combine it with are Turmeric, Copaiba, and Deep Blue. I only recommend doterra as they are of the highest quality.
- Epsom Salt Baths: This is not only great for detoxifying, but it reduces inflammation, By absorbing into the skin it can reduce muscle tension/spams. If you don’t have time for a bath, a foot soak will work too. Aim for 1-2 cups for a bath or 1 cup for a foot soak. Source: Here
I truly hope these help you to reduce your joint pain and inflammation. Remember the most important thing is to find the root cause. Please share with others who struggle with pain/inflammation!
Thank youu so much for reading!
**This information is not meant as medical or nutritional advice. Always check with your qualified healthcare professional before incorporating new supplements or nutritional changes into your routine. A Primal Health Coach (PHC) is trained to evaluate nutritional needs and make recommendations for dietary changes supplements. A PHC is unable to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or medical condition. I cannot guarantee any result(s) from recommendations as we are all bio-individually different. If you are under the care of a healthcare provider, it is important that you contact them about any changes in your lifestyle in regards to nutrition and supplements. A health coach may be a beneficial addition to traditional care. So it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program.