Sip ginger tea
Numerous studies have found that ginger can mimic NSAIDs, the front-line drugs for arthritis pain relief. It seems to work by curbing pain-causing chemicals that are part of the body’s inflammatory response—without the side effects common in medications. Use powdered, raw, or lightly cooked fresh ginger liberally on food. Make your own ginger tea by simmering slices of ginger for 15 minutes in a few cups of boiling water, or buy ginger tea bags at the supermarket. And don’t miss these arthritis symptoms you could be ignoring.
Eat inflammation-fighting foods
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Ditch the fast food, junk food, fried food, and processed food if you want to improve joint pain. A Swedish study of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients found that those who switched to a Mediterranean-style–eating plan (think fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, garlic, onions, and herbs) had less inflammation and regained some physical abilities as a result. Here are 16 anti-inflammatory foods that you can eat to reduce pain.