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Can Nutrition be the Source of Your Joint Pain?

Living in Alaska is both amazing and challenging. The gorgeous landscapes beckon adventure, yet the weather changes challenge the human body. Living in Alaska brings about its own set of challenges with reduced sunlight and extreme cold, but living in Alaska with joint pain can be downright awful and unbearable. While the weather can play an important role in how your joints feel, so can nutrition.

Food has been extensively researched and current evidence suggests that certain foods can lead to chronic inflammation, which often results in stiff and sore joints. The most common foods that can result in chronic inflammation are refined starches, sugar, saturated fats, and trans-fats. While these foods may contribute to chronic inflammation, there are other foods that can promote healing and decrease inflammation.

By making small changes in your diet, you may be able to improve your overall joint health this winter. Foods that have been researched to decrease inflammation are omega-3 fatty acids (commonly found in salmon), natural antioxidants, fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. So, the next time you decide to grab a quick snack, think about your joint health and opt for a snack that will fuel your body with nutrition and help relieve your joint pain.

Below is a partial list of anti-inflammatory foods (foods that will decrease inflammation and help reduce joint pain):

  • Ginger

  • Broccoli

  • Salmon

  • Beets

  • Whole grains

  • Turmeric

  • Blueberries

  • Pineapple

  • Nuts

  • Bok Choy

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Green Tea

  • Flax Seed

  • Berries

  • Beans

For more information, check out the following sources. They provide some excellent information with evidence to back it up.

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