30 Jun 3 Foods That Can Help You Reverse Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Arthritis
While enjoying my yoga class this morning, it struck me that it has been almost a year since I have had any pain or issues with my wrists. This may seem like no big deal to some, but for me this is nothing short of amazing! I developed pain and mobility issues in both my wrists in early 2008 and after going to a number of doctors and specialists, it was determined that I had a form of carpal tunnel syndrome that was believed to be caused by early signs of osteoarthritis, something I was told to just accept as ‘part of the normal aging process’. Not exactly what you want to hear when you’re 30! When I got this news, that not only ended my days of doing yoga it was the beginning of five years filled with pain and discomfort, which only grew worse as the years went on. And then in November of 2012 I was introduced to 3 little foods that completely changed my life!
Foods that Heal Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
‘Real’ Bone Broth – I say ‘real’ because you want to make sure you get the stuff that’s made with ALL the bones, including the feet! Bone broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), also referred to as — glucosamine. Yep, the same supplements that everyone seems to be taking these days for joint health. There is a big difference though between the supplements and true bone broth. Supplements only contain 1 GAG, where bone broth contains several including chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. What’s more, the GAGs we get from bone broth are resistant to digestion so they are absorbed in their whole form. According to Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of Deep Nutrition, these intact GAGs, are what stimulate the cells called fibroblasts, which lay down collagen in the joints, tendons, ligaments, and even the arteries.
Gelatin – And I’m not talking Jell-o. Gelatin is flavorless, translucent substance derived from the processing of animal connective tissue and bones to extract collagen, an insoluble fibrous protein. Once extracted and powdered, gelatin dissolves in hot liquids and becomes more solid as it cools. Gelatin contains half of the 18 essential amino acids, which are needed to help prevent the weakness and degeneration of cartilage in joints. Gelatin also has anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
High Quality DHA /EPA Omega 3s – Again, we’re not talking about your the fish oil pills you find in the big box stores, these are the ultra-purified supplements that are dark in color or even black (one of my favorite brands is Barleans). Omega 3s are the “good-for-you fats” that the human body cannot make on its own. The only way the body can get them is from food or supplements. Technically they are long chain unsaturated fatty acids that are the building blocks used in every cell in your body. From their cellular position, they direct and manage vital body functions, such as inflammation, which is key when dealing with arthritis or other types of joint pain.
Be sure to consult a physician if you think you may suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.