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8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Effectively Relieve Arthritis Pain

8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Effectively Relieve Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is often a crippling disease associated with the elderly but modern statistics show that around 60% of people with arthritis are either young adults or middle-aged people. In fact, an estimated 294,000 children under age 18 have some form of arthritis or rheumatic condition which translates at around 1 in every 250 children in the United States. [1]

Early symptoms of arthritis range from excessive fatigue, tenderness or pain in joints, joint swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint range of motion all of which can progress to excessive pain.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Help Relieve Arthritis

While there is not one diet that will cure arthritis, there are some foods that can help improve symptoms alongside any medication you may be on to contain your arthritis. Here are some foods that you may consider incorporating into your daily diet.

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1. Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil has many health benefits but apart from containing heart-healthy fats it also contains oleocanthal which has similar properties to anti-inflammatory drugs. The omega 3 also goes towards helping and easing joint pain which can also be found in other oils such as avocado oil and walnut oil.

2. Citrus Fruit for Vitamin C

Vitamin C is hugely involved in preventing inflammatory arthritis and maintaining healthy joints with osteoarthritis. The best way to get your recommended vitamin C is through citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Vitamin C recommendation stands at 75 milligrams (mg) per day for women and 90 mg per day for men.

3. Green Tea

Green tea is another health boosting addition to your diet but especially if you’re suffering from any form of arthritis. Green tea contains polyphenols which are antioxidants that are believed to reduce inflammation and even slow cartilage destruction. [2] Having a few cups a day will help to ease pain and prevent further inflammation.

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4. Dairy For Vitamin D

While dairy such as milk and cheese has been known for adding calcium to the body, it’s the vitamin D that is essential for calcium absorption. Vitamin D is found in dairy and even dark leafy vegetables and helps accelerate the calcium to the bones and joints. This will give extra support to bone structure and help prevent further inflammation.

5. Omega-3 Fish

Omega-rich fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring play a major part in reducing inflammation of the joints. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are the main players in decreasing swelling and pain in patients suffering from different types of arthritis. Experts recommend at least 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.

6. Broccoli

Broccoli has been found to be quite the superfood when it comes to arthritis. The green vegetable contains a compound called sulforaphane which has found could help prevent or slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Not only that, but it also contains vitamin C and calcium which is great for promoting bone health and anti-inflammation.

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7. Whole Grains

Whole grains lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood. CRP measures general levels of inflammation in your body and high levels are associated with heart disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Consuming foods such as brown rice, whole grain breads, whole grain cereals and oatmeal can help towards lessening inflammation.

8. Garlic

While you may not be popular with the people around you, munching on garlic has been known to lessen the signs of early osteoarthritis. This is down to a compound called diallyl disulphine which is found in the allium family of foods including garlic, onions and leeks. It’s thought to limit enzymes in human cells that promote cartilage-damaging.

3 Foods People With Arthritis Should Avoid

Fried and Processed Foods: These foods promote inflammation in the body so cutting back on them can actually help to restore the body’s natural defences and lessen inflammation in arthritis symptoms.

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Refined Sugars: AGE (advanced glycation end product) is a toxin that appears in some foods including sugar. High amounts result in an increase in AGEs which can result in triggering inflammation in the body. Cutting out any foods containing refined sugar like candy, white flour-baked goods and soda drinks.

Salt and Preservatives: Reducing your salt intake will help towards lowering joint pain as excessive consumption causes inflammation. Make sure you eat foods that contain less preservatives and don’t have added salt.

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Reference

[1]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=18050185
[2]http://www.amazing-green-tea.com/green-tea-and-arthritis.html

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8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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