In my clinic in Athlone I regularly see clients with arthritis.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes pain and immobility.
In Ireland around 915,000 people, including 1,100 children, are living with arthritis, making it the single biggest cause of disability.
Many symptoms of arthritis include pain, fatigue and inflammation.
Our diets can be very acidic, some simple changes and supplements can make all the difference and improve quality of our daily life.
What changes to your diet can you make today?
Apple cider vinegar– 1 tbsp in a glass of water daily to alkalise the body. A very popular remedy that many people use with great success.
Eat your omega-3s – From oily fish (wild or organic salmon, mackerel, herring, kippers and sardines), flax, avocados, walnuts and pumpkin seeds. An omega-3 supplement is recommended containing at least 1,000mg of combined EPA/DHA, which usually means two to three fish oil capsules a day or 1-2 tsp of a good quality oil. Reduce red meat eat more fish!
Glucosamine sulphate – supplement 1,500 to 4,000mg of glucosamine sulphate a day, or glucosamine hydrochloride, together with 1,000 to 2,000mg of MSM.
Include eggs, red onions and garlic in your diet, all high in sulphur which is very anti inflammatory.
Eat olives, use olive oil in cooking and add turmeric to your food, a very anti inflammatory spice. Soups stews and curries love turmeric.
Reduce sugar in you diet which is very inflammatory and can fuel the pain in the body.