4 Natural Ways to Ditch Joint Pain Flexibility and mobility—it’s crucial to overall health. But, what about when it’s hard to move? Depending on the individual, it can be mild to extremely painful, occasionally chronic, and can even limit mobility. It can happen anywhere there’s a joint—affecting the cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons or muscles—and sometimes in multiple places at once.

We know it’s hard, but we want to help… naturally! Let’s walk through some helpful tips and lifestyle changes together.

1. Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation makes your joints more susceptible to pain and injury, and it can also slow down the healing process. When a joint is inflamed, it limits your range of motion, overall strength and flexibility. Since food fuels the body, and can be some of the best medicine around, consider adopting an anti-inflammatory diet that may help with pain relief.

    Inflammatory

  • Refined sugars and grains
  • Processed meat and red meat
  • Alcohol and soda
  • Packaged foods
  • Margarine, shortening, lard

    Anti-Inflammatory

  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Wild-caught salmon
  • Bone broth
  • Healthy fats like organic, unrefined coconut oil
  • Probiotic foods (yogurt)
  • Fermented foods

2. Epsom Salt Soaks

Epsom salt is an old classic for good reason! Taking a nice relaxing bath may offer a lot of relief by itself, but adding Epsom salt can help lower inflammation, reduce muscle spasms and relax tense, sore muscles. It’s high in magnesium and sulfates and is easily absorbed into the skin! Add two cups of salt to your warm bath (not hot!), and soak for at least twenty minutes.

3. Ice Therapy

For inflammation and joint discomfort or pain, ice therapy is a great form of pain relief! Cold restricts blood flow and reduces inflammation and swelling. Whenever there’s bleeding in underlying tissue—think sprains, strains or bruising—ice may help! Ice no longer than 20 minutes a session and don’t put bags of ice directly on the skin.

People with cardiovascular disease should always consult with their doctor before using cold therapy.

4. Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and works to connect tissue. It’s found predominantly in our bones, muscles, skin and tendons. Increased levels of collagen have been shown to help those with rheumatoid arthritis, reducing joint pain and degeneration. Look to include more collagen-rich foods into your diet, like natural bone broth, leafy greens, red veggies, fatty fish and citrus.