Most people believe that, as we get older, our joints deteriorate, and that’s just the way it is – not much we can do about it! But there are things we can do to boost our joint health:
- Water is absolutely essential for joint health so make sure you drink your 6 to 8 glasses a day.
- Think alkaline foods: go for a vegetarian diet;avoid dairy, sugar, tea and coffee, soft drinks, wheat and processed foods. As a rule, foods from animal sources become acidic in the body and that in turn creates inflammation. Increase your intake of vegetables (but avoid nightshades such as peppers, aubergines, tomatoes and white potatoes), fruit especially dark red, blue and purple fruits (they help to remove uric acid out of the joints; metabolise collagen; prevent and reduce inflammation), beans, peas, whole grains, etc.
- One exception to a vegetarian diet should be your source of essential fatty acids (to reduce inflammation): oily fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, sardines; Have fish 3 to 4 times a week. Have a handful of nuts and seeds every day: seeds such as flax seeds (also known as linseeds), pumpkin seeds; and nuts, particularly walnuts.
- Spices and herbs: some such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, rosemary, and onions have anti-inflammatory properties. So learn to season your food with those rather than salt, which sometimes causes water retention and may cause further swelling as a result.
- Protein is extremely important for healthy tissue growth (cartilage and muscles are soft tissues), and for repair, even more so if you do any type of exercise. It is important you should try and stick to the vegetarian rule so go for quinoa, eggs, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and nut butters. Have protein with every meal.
- Add sulphur-rich foods such as asparagus, eggs, garlic and onions, needed for the repair and rebuilding of bone, cartilage and connective tissue.
- Spirulina is one of the most complete foods you can find. Organic Burst Spirulina is 100% pure,organic and vegan, and it’s rich in chlorophyll so it helps maintain the alkaline balance in the body. It contains a complete protein so it helps with the repair and/or daily wear and tear of the cartilage in the joints too. Moreover, the antioxidants present in spirulina help remove the naturally occurring residues of daily inflammation. The more you exercise or work out, the more protein and antioxidants you need. If you already have a problem or to help prevent future issues, take extra antioxidants like the Organic Burst Acai (freeze-dried, it is one of the richest sources of antioxidants on Earth) to help stabilise the membranes.