Natural Remedies for Cooling Arthritis and Gout
Michelle Babb, MS, RD, CD shares her tips and tricks for naturally cooling inflammation related to arthritis and gout, including incorporating Montmorency tart cherry juice into your diet.
Arthritis and gout can take the joy out of everyday activities for those who are afflicted with the pain and burning symptoms that can come with these diseases. Not only can the pain feel unmanageable, finding natural ways to help manage this pain can sometimes be a challenge. The good news is relief may be found by adding a few new activities and foods to your daily routine.
Try adding the following to help ease inflammation:
- Incorporate light exercise: Move the body in restorative ways: examples of light exercise are yoga, stretching or walking to help improve joint flexibility and range of motion.
- Reduce stress. Taking up meditation to help reduce stress and anxiety may also help to cope with the pain from arthritis and gout. You can start by just adding in a quick 15-minute mediation to the end of your day to decompress.
- Focus on clean eating. Foods like kale, legumes, turmeric and tart cherries are whole foods that may help lower inflammation; making your body feel good from the inside out. In fact, research has shown Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate may help lower the risk of gout attacks and reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. The best way to incorporate tart cherries into your diet is drinking 2 tbsp. of tart cherry juice concentrate twice a day, either enjoyed as a shot, mixed with 8 oz. of water or other liquid like your morning smoothie or evening tea. For a healthy anti-inflammatory boost to mealtime try out this Chickpea Curry with Tart Cherries.
- Get good rest. Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of managing arthritis and gout pain. Montmorency tart cherries are another natural remedy to add to your diet to help with sleep, because research indicates they help improve sleep quality and extend duration. Results found that an 8 oz. serving of Montmorency tart cherry juice in the morning and an 8 oz. serving at night showed the best results.
Arthritis and gout shouldn’t hold you back. Incorporating these steps into your daily routine, may help you live a more active life. You can learn more about the science behind Montmorency tart cherries and inflammation related to arthritis and gout here.