Tips to Overcome Joint Pain Naturally

You are sick and tired… Sick and tired of being sick and tired. That’s how the majority of arthritis sufferers and others with joint pain feel. One of these sufferers happens to be a reader who caught some of my articles  on joint pain. This included exercise to relieve knee pain and what causes knee pain osteoarthritis. He  wondered if I could provide more information that was focused on tips to overcome joint pain naturally and keeping it at bay.  Of course I will. Let’s get started.

Tips to overcome joint pain naturally

Tips to overcome joint pain naturally

Here is the thing. Joint pain is not merely restricted to the joints. The pain spreads to the surrounding areas and intrudes on your daily life. You wake up in the morning and instead of feeling refreshed, your body is aching and your joints are creakier than an old door. 

When your joints feel like a grunge-wooden door

When your joints feel like a grunge-wooden door

The Unwelcome Guest 

There are several causes of joint pain such as osteoarthritis, gout, inflammation, bursitis, strain, sprains, old injuries, etc. Whatever the cause may be, one factor remains constant and that is the pain. You want it gone, like an unwelcome relative who showed up at your doorstep. 

Beyond The Pain Relief Cream and The Moan and Groan

Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may prescribe medication and in some cases, even surgery. 

Does that mean there is nothing that you can do to help with the situation? Are you just a spectator to your condition? 

No! A resounding no. Yet, so many sufferers do nothing to help themselves besides slather on the pain relief cream and moan and groan. This is just a temporary form of relief. You need to address the underlying causes too. Only by doing so can you mitigate the pain. 

Tips to overcome joint pain naturally 

This series will give you a few tips that you can use to help yourself. Adhere to the tips in this article, and within a short time, you will be able to reduce the pain in your joints. Depending on the cause of your joint pain, the symptoms will either diminish or disappear. 

Tip 1: Clean Up Your Diet 

Let's Get healthy

Let’s Get healthy

This is the best thing that you can do. A poor diet causes more health problems than any other factor. You are what you eat and every single time you eat, you’re either feeding disease or fighting it. 

Our diet has changed more over the past 50 years, than it has over the centuries. This is due to billion dollar companies who are more worried about their profits than your pain. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not  a member of the food police nor I’m I likely to be one in the future. However, I do have a word of warning for those who suffer from joint pain and can’t live without their daily dose of junk food.

Here is The Deal on How to Overcome Joint Pain Naturally

Junk food, processed food, foods high in refined sugars, hydrogenated oils that are promoted as healthy but are in fact toxic, etc. are all causes of joint pain and a myriad of other health problems. A poor diet is the number one cause of inflammation in the body. 

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If your body aches for no reason, it is probably suffering from inflammation. Do not pop out the pain killers and try to remedy the situation. You’d be better off eating the right foods instead.

Oh it Hurts so Good? Not Really 

Human beings by nature know what they have to do, but generally do things that are against their best interests just because they make them feel good. The chocolates, ice- creams, burgers, pizzas, etc. are all mouth watering. However, the pain they will cause in future will not be as tasty. 

You should go on a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables. Consume more cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc. Aim to eat single ingredient foods. 

What is a Single Ingredient Food?

A single ingredient food is something that has not been processed or refined.  Broccoli is a single ingredient food. You could boil it or lightly sauté it in coconut oil and it would be an excellent meal. 

A sausage however, is NOT a single ingredient food.

Yummy but not so much for the joints

Yummy but not so much for the joints

You have no idea how it was made or what went into making it.   It is laden with additives, preservatives and chemicals that you probably can’t pronounce. I saw my mom, a back pain sufferer, a few days ago grimace in pain because the sausage she had the night before was loaded with preservatives. 

The American fitness expert, Jack LaLanne, once said, “If man made it. Don’t eat it.” I’m not sure if I totally agree  because I do have my share of sausage. However, I don’t suffer from joint pain. That said, Lalanne Wise words  need to be considered by those looking for tips to overcome joint pain naturally.

Start a Food Journal / Diary

Those who have checked my website know that I’m a big fan of journaling as a coping strategy to help you become emotionally healthier. For example, I have discussed how a gratitude  journal can help you become a happier and more productive person. A food journal can help you become a healthier and pain free person.

This is one of the best ways to track what you are eating and it will make you accountable. You absolutely must know what you are eating. 

You may even notice some patterns emerge that you were unaware of before. For example, after a night out with the buddies, the next day your joints may ache terribly. Most people probably assume, “Argh! I’m getting old.” 

The truth of the matter is that it could be the alcohol that is triggering the pain in your joints. You must find out what foods exacerbate your pain and take steps to remove them from your diet. 

Alcohol Not so Good For Your Joints

Alcohol Not so Good For Your Joints

A healthy diet will also help you to shed the pounds and you will be lighter. That translates to less pressure, or load, on your joints such as the knee, ankles and even the back. This will bring relief to joints that are already sore.  For more information on how to prevent knee pain by having less load  check here.

By now, you should be aware of what a profound impact a diet has on your joint pain. Control your diet and that’s more than half the battle won. 

Tip 2: Take Up Yoga 

Yoga is an excellent activity for sufferers of joint pain. The pain is often restrictive and makes movements such as bending, twisting and kneeling sheer torture. Over time, there will be a loss of flexibility and range of motion. This in turn will further worsen the joint pain. This is a vicious cycle that can be avoided by incorporating yoga in your daily routine. 

Yoga will also help to halt or impede the progressive degeneration of the joint itself. With the yoga poses, not only will you become more flexible, but you will also strengthen the joints and surrounding ligaments. 

How About Yoga and Back Pain?Just a quick reminder that when it comes to managing back pain one should use caution when considering Yoga exercises for pain relief. For example Sun Salutations can cause disc herniation. Also straight leg raises can cause herniation. While Yoga can be beneficial there are certain poses that should be avoided because they’ll just make things worse. Here are poses that you should stay away from if you have a back problem:

  1. Lunge Twist—it can put too much pressure on the disks.
  2. Full Wheel Pose—you risk putting pressure on the back and spine.
  3. Boat Pose—It can exacerbate back pain

What is The Best Type of Yoga to overcome joint pain naturally?

The best type of yoga to learn will be Hatha yoga. It’s a great starting point for beginners and since yoga is low impact unlike running or Cross-Fit, that may put you in the hospital, your yoga sessions will leave you feeling refreshed and healthier. 

The gentle stretching that helps to relieve tension from the muscles, increases circulation in the joints and will flush out toxins and any other waste products. The secret to yoga is to do a little bit daily. Consistency is what matters and over time you will be conditioned and competent enough for longer sessions. Everything is difficult in the beginning.

Tip 3: Go Swimming 

Swimming is another low impact exercise that will ease the pain in your joints. It is non weight-bearing and will not place too much pressure on painful joints. Yet, it will give you the chance to engage move your limps and joints in light gentle strokes as you swim.


  As one of my readers points, who is familiar with  senior care, points out: Pool exercise is now used before knee and hip replacements to build up muscle. This results in a better outcome after surgery.


The resistance you face in the water will strengthen your muscles, ligaments and joints. Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise and most joint pain sufferers will derive benefits from it. For more information check here.

Conclusion

There is much that you can do to help yourself. Just by being proactive and following the tips mentioned above, your quality of life will improve significantly. Very few people strive to improve their life until it’s too late. But that  need not happen to you. In the next post I’ll provide more information on tips to overcome joint pain naturally.

Disclaimer: The content within the post is to guide and inform only. If you have any health concerns, it is important to seek medical advice. 

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10 Comments

  1. Margaret

    Love this post. You give a lot of good information without being boring. Good use of visuals bye the way. Any way, I know that exercising is generally good for you. However, are there any exercises that someone with joint pain should AVOID?

    • Great question, Margaret. I would say in general, avoid extreme positions and stretches. Deep knee bends and other extreme positions can harm your joints. Avoid bringing your knee past a 90-degree bend, as well as behind-the-neck presses and lifts. Let me know if you have anymore questions. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Andrew

    Great timing because I have been experiencing minor knee pain and I ‘m not a big believer in pain pills. In fact, Experts believe that adding anti-inflammatory foods in your diet and limiting foods that may trigger joint pain can help ease the symptoms of your arthritis–just what you are saying. Can you suggest some anti-inflammatory foods?

    • That’s a great question, Andrew. Here are some suggestions:
      Ginger: Ginger blocks the production of substances that cause inflammation. Consuming ginger in fresh, powdered or dried form aids in reducing symptoms of arthritis.

      Broccoli: One of the healthiest foods out there, broccoli contains sulforaphane, which could heal inflammation, according to studies.
      Turmeric: Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin. Scientists believe that this chemical may have anti-inflammatory properties.

      I hope that helps. Thanks for checking in.

  3. Timothy

    Among your many excellent points, look forward to finding more tips in the concluding post of this series, I think you are especially correct when you speak about the link between diet and joint pain. Diet will never cure pain, but there are plenty of studies that show it can reduce it to a point where it does not interfere with daily activities to a high degree. Thanks for sharing this awesome article.

    • Hi Timothy,

      Thanks for the kind words. Yes, eating a proper diet can is vital in helping someone achieve success in their goal of overcoming joint pain. The culprit most of the time, besides the preservatives that can do a number on you, is inflammation. Foods that cause inflammation often lead to pain. The key is eating more of the foods that won’t cause inflammation. Thanks for checking in.

  4. A week or so back I had knee pain. It is because of an old injury. The pain had not occur for a long time. Suddenly it appeared again.

    Your article is a good reminder for me to be more mindful of the food I eat. I need to consume more natural food and less processed or refined foods.

    Recently, my brother fell ill. He is a Grab driver (like Uber in Asia). And sitting behind the wheel for long hours has taken its toll.

    This, and your blog post, is a reminder for me to start exercising again. And I should reboot my yoga practice. It has been too long.

    I’d like to swim. I used to swim a lot when younger. But in the past decade, the water in the pools have become really saturated with chlorine and whatever other chemicals they add to it. It is really awful to swim in them. The chemicals hurt me. Still, I should. And I must find a pool that is at least tolerable.

    Thanks for this wise and useful information.

    • Hello Tim,

      I’m so glad that you found this information on this series helpful. There are more tips on the second part of this series. So, I hope you check it out. I was thinking of your brother and that reminded me of some of my readers who are truck drivers and like your brother spend long hours sitting behind the wheel. Seat supports designed to give good posture and prevent back pain work well and perhaps your brother may give them a try.

  5. This is really great information and so true. Me and my husband is always talking about as we get older the pain seems to show up more prominent in our lives. We have also found that the pain goes away when we are eating right. Food really does make a difference in your body and I know when I eat sugar or carbs the pain really shows its ugly head and has different types of pain depending on what you eat.

    • Hello Dena,
      I’m so glad that you found the information in this article helpful. I think that diet plays a key role in managing pain because so much of the preservatives in the food we eat contribute to breaking down rather than building up our body. Thanks for checking in.

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