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Vegetarians have less of an inflammatory substance known as arachidonic acid in their blood than non-vegetarians.

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What can you do to feel better?

Just about all of us suffer from muscle stiffness, aches and pains at some point in our lifetime. While for most of us the discomfort is usually short-lived, we probably all agree that the sooner we can eliminate it, the better!

So, what can you do to feel better? Here are a number of easy changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle to help keep your muscles and joints moving comfortably:

Consider...

Consider… Why?
Oily fishes such as herring, mackerel, salmon and tuna, or take fish oil supplements They contain oils that suppress inflammation by reducing enzymes that damage cartilage, and by preventing the production of inflammatory chemicals
Sardines, leafy green vegetables, oats, kidney beans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and dried fruits such as figs Magnesium-rich foods like these foster better calcium absorption. Leafy green vegetables also contain potassium, which reduces acidity in the body.
Pineapple, papaya, mango and guava They contain digestive enzymes that help reduce acidity in the body.




Cut back on...

Cut back on… Why?
Dairy products These are problematic because they are high in fat and calcium. Calcium builds up in tissues and around joints, creating more painful inflammation and contributing to stiffness. Instead, get your calcium from sources that also contain plenty of magnesium, a mineral we need in order to absorb calcium.
Red meats and eggs They create too much acid in the body.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines They are too acidic
Processed foods
White flour
White rice
White sugar
Cold cuts
These contribute to the build-up of acid in the body, which worsens symptoms. Some people find that avoiding wheat altogether makes them feel better. Processed foods tend to contain large quantities of sugar and salt, both of which may make arthritis symptoms worse.
Tea Limit your tea intake to a maximum of two cups a day, especially if you’re frequently tired, as tea can promote fatigue.




Avoid...

Avoid…Why?
Potatoes
Tomatoes
Peppers
Eggplant
The alkaloids they contain seem to inhibit collagen repair in joints, thereby causing inflammation.
Tobacco productsThis plant is nothing but harmful to your body.
CoffeeCoffee can promote fatigue. Drink much more water or replace your coffee with Bambu coffee substitute.




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