If you are having trouble with stiffness and pain in the joints after you wake up, you should try and prevent further complications, but not with the help of drugs and painkillers.
The pain in the joints can sometimes be normal. For example, after working out or an injury. However, the chronic pain can be felt as a result of inflammation build-up in the body. You can treat and prevent this condition, by excluding the following foods from your daily diet.
- Gluten and refined carbohydrates
We are constantly being told that our body processes refined carbohydrates in the same way as sugar, and because of that, we should avoid them. The truth however, is that you should only avoid simple carbohydrates, while the complex ones are fine.
Gluten and simple carbohydrates cause inflammation, and you should focus on complex carbohydrates that can be found in beans, seeds, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. Remember to avoid rice, flour, potatoes and sugar.
Sugar can lead to diabetes, obesity and cancer, and it is extremely harmful and addictive. The National Institute of Health, states that when our body tries to process processed sugar, they can cause very high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which will lead to inflammation and oxidative stress.
This means that you should minimize the intake of sugar and also minimize the intake of the foods that contain it like, sodas, dressings, processed foods, juices, candies and sweets.
- Trans fats and vegetable oils
Trans fats can lead to cardiovascular problems, and vegetable oils are overly processed, which makes them extremely unhealthy. They contain high amounts of omega 6 polyunsaturated acids, that will eventually lead to inflammation.
Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids should be consumed in 1:1 ratio, and the consumption of this oils will form an unhealthy balance. This means that you should avoid cottonseed, sunflower, safflower, canola and corn oils, and consume flaxseeds, nuts, avocados and pumpkin seeds instead.
- Nightshade vegetables
Although we are being constantly advised to consume more vegetables, that does not mean that we should consume all of them.
Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants can lead to pain in case the individual is sensitive to calcitriol and solanine. These two compounds can be found in this type of vegetables.
You need to identify if these vegetables are the cause of your problems. To do that, eliminate them from your daily diet for three weeks, and if the pain returns when you start consuming them, it means that they are the problem.
- Dairy products
The main reason why more and more people are eliminating dairy products from their diet is lactose intolerance.
Dr. Amy Myers states that problems like inflammation and the disruption of the pH balance in the body, come as a result of the effects of milk proteins. You can use plant-based alternatives to cow, goat and sheep milk, and seed and nut milk like coconut, hemp and almond milk are healthy substitutions for regular milk.
Also, always choose products that are carrageenan-free, because this additive is dangerous for your health.
When you decide to remove all of these foods from your daily diet, you will soon notice some significant improvements. The pain and the inflammation will be reduced, and you will no longer need painkillers.