11 Foods for More Flexibility and Less Inflammation

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Food for flexibility

Our joints, muscles and bones are all vital to move about the planet, and our daily lives, with comfort and ease. From walking to swimming and dancing, joints are the hinges that allow us to be flexible. But when the joints are stiffened or weakened by inflammation working out and living life normally becomes a major challenge.

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Our joints, muscles and bones are all vital to move about the planet, and our daily lives, with comfort and ease. From walking to swimming and dancing, joints are the hinges that allow us to be flexible. But when the joints are stiffened or weakened by inflammation working out and living life normally becomes a major challenge.

These delicious and readily available foods can help prevent and ease joint pain.

Turmeric - Turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory properties and will help reduce the pain associated with swollen joints. Always take with a meal or yogurt so your body can properly absorb this "spice of life."

Bone Broth - Simmering bones extracts their phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. Broth also contains natural glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates which help keep joints lubricated, healthy and flexible. Chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has also been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

Walnut Oil - Walnut oil has 10 times the omega-3s that olive oil has. This rich oil is an incredible source of vitamins and minerals that target inflammation.

Chia seeds - Another ancient superfood, chia seeds contain essential amino acids that repair muscles, tissues, ligaments and cartilage. This fast growing plant is easy to grow and has a wide array of healthful benefits.

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Red Bell Pepper - Not only the most expensive pepper in the store, it is also packed with the most nutrients. Vitamins A, K, and C are aplenty in the red pepper. It also has a bit of capsaicin which depletes pain compounds in nerve cells.

Citrus - Eating the vitamins the body needs is the best way to absorb nutrients from the food you eat directly into your system. All citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C which helps prevent and treat joint pain.

Avocado - Nature’s bounty is ever present in this mild yet nutrient rich fruit. Avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatories, powerful antioxidants and potassium. The flesh is incredibly hydrating and the oil of the seed can be used for cooking at high heat as an alternative to EVOO.

Beans - An excellent and affordable source of protein, the legume family supports muscle health and growth and are rich in folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and potassium - all known to support the immune system.

Garlic, Onions and Leeks - While you may not be a fan of the full bodied flavors of these veggies, they are surely here to help you! They all contain a sulfur compound, diallyl disulphide, known to repair and prevent cartilage damage.

Pineapple - Most commonly used to suppress a cough, bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, is good for so much more! It reduces inflammation, eases pain and encourages the body to heal.

Coconut oil - Nature’s cure-all, coconut oil has dozens of uses to improve overall health, skin and metabolism! For joints specifically, it reduces pain and inflammation, and hydrates tissues.

Nature happily and bountifully supplies us with everything we need to survive and thrive in this life! Along with low-impact exercise, a good diet will allow your body to move and play freely and healthily! Here’s to your health and sweet dance moves!

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