try eliminating night shades from your diet (tomatoes, bell pepper, egg plant, potatoes, cucumbers). It's really helped my joint health
My joints are killing me! In particular my knees and hips. I am still taking glucosamine/chondroitin, and I'm 5 weeks out from a car accident that left me with a nasty sprained knee, but tonight I am aching terribly! I would really like to avoid adding another handful of meds to take, since I'm trying to get rid of most of them. Shortly I will slather my knees with Icy Hot before bed, but does anyone have any suggestions?
Is this a side effect of my diet change? Something that others have experienced? Will it go away soon?
i second the good dr., and would also urge you to remove as much omega6 fat from your diet as possible. be a nazi on that one...
I always hear about the nightshades, does that include jalapenos? Never heard about omega6 and arthritis--details, please.
basically, limit your overall exposure to omega6 fat. eating primally takes care of a lot of this by eliminating see oils, but people fuck it up with the nuts and the almond flour monstrosities.
Increase your omega 3s for sure and cut out any processed foods. Even paleo friendly. The process of "processing" changes the speed at which your body changes foods into sugars. The faster your body can change food to sugars the higher the insulin response, which also inceases your inflamation. The lower your inflamation, the lower your pain. And supplement with omega 3s, oh and one more thing, take more omega 3s. Did I mention the benefits of Omega 3s?
Do you drink wine? About 10 years ago, I came down with terrible pain in certain joints...knees and fingers. It was excruciating pain. I felt like I had shards of glass in them. It happened twice and each time, I had ONE single glass of wine the night before. I haven't had a drop since then and have not experienced the pain again. I just remembered. I did have it one other time in some finger joints. I didn't drink any wine BUT I did eat a very small package of chocolate covered raisins. Now I avoid grapes at all costs!!! Strange but true! Of course since going primal, I don't eat "packaged" stuff anymore!!!
I have found that taking fat supplements helps. In (personal experience) the order of increasing helpfulness is
Regular fish oils < Cod Liver Oils < Salmon Oils < Grass-fed butter (good source of CLA).
That's me though. Your body could react totally differently.
Drinking lots of water seems to be pretty helpful, too.
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I've had zero packaged anything since starting this, so I know it isn't that! I'm being very careful with what we're getting at the grocery store and we're only buying fresh items, no pre-packaged stuff.
I did previously take an Omega-3 supplement, but I've been out for quite some time. I need to get some more. My water intake is generally quite high, as I really only drink coffee in the mornings, and then water the rest of the day.