Can you recommend any recipes using fruits and vegetables that may help to ease inflammation and pain?
Q: Had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Can you recommend me smoothies with raw vegetables and fruits that help relieve pain and inflamation.
A: Several foods can help ease inflammation, stiffness, and muscle soreness. Here are a few examples:
Olive oil: Polyunsaturated fats have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Try using olive oil instead of butter (or other animal fat-based products) which is loaded with saturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may also help to reduce inflammation.
Potassium: Foods high in potassium are excellent for recovery after a period of activity. When we exert ourselves we perspire and lose electrolytes in our sweat. This loss of electrolytes can cause muscle cramps, soreness, and stiffness. A few foods high in potassium include: vegetable juice, tomato/tomato products, potatoes (sweet and white), peanut butter, milk, prunes, mangoes, bananas, and oranges. Remember to stay hydrated, and aim to drink 64 fluid ounces of water per day.