Unfortunately, it is common for older adults to feel pain in the knees, legs, back, and ankles.
Especially, this is common for people who spend most of the day sitting or have an inactive lifestyle.
Many different conditions can lead to painful joints including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, bursitis, sprains, strains, etc.
In most of the cases of back pain, it will heal with time – around 50 percent of patients will feel relief from pain within two weeks, and around 90 percent within 90 days, regardless of the treatment.
However, people who suffer from chronic back pain may find it difficult to lead their everyday life, finding it hard to stand, sit, or even lie down.
The pain in legs often results from wear and tear, constant standing, injuries in the joints and bones, or in ligaments, muscles, tendons, etc. Also, poor circulation can lead to leg pain
Pain relief smoothie recipe
- One orange
- Two cups of pineapple
- One lemon
- Two celery stalks
- One inch fresh ginger root (or 1 tablespoon ginger powder)
- Two inches of fresh turmeric root (or 2 tablespoons turmeric powder)
- A quarter teaspoon black pepper
- One teaspoon of coconut oil
Peel the orange and lemon as well as ginger and turmeric (if you use them fresh). Chop and core the pineapple. Put all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed. Serve and drink it immediately.
Using a blender will ensure that dietary fiber stays within the juice. If you use a juicing machine, the dietary fiber will be filtered out as waste.
Studies have found that people who eat a diet rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber have lower amounts of C-reactive protein levels in their bodies. C-reactive proteins are inflammation markers that have been linked to disease like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.
What each ingredient does
Orange: Muscle cramps are also a common cause of leg pain, which often occur by overuse of muscles or low calcium or potassium levels. Research shows that getting the right amount of vitamin C aids in preventing inflammatory arthritis and maintaining healthy joints.
Pineapple: The active component found in pineapple known as bromelain is effective in relieving joint pain and reducing inflammation associated with arthritis. There are some evidences that this enzyme has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
Lemon: Lemon also contains vitamin C as well as vitamin E, which are powerful antioxidants. These vitamins protect the cells from free-radical damage and helps to build and maintain collagen and connective tissues.
Celery: Celery is rich in vitamin K. Low levels of this vitamin can result in abnormal cartilage and bone mineralization.
Ginger: The active compound in ginger known as gingerol has the ability to fight prostaglandins, inflammatory compounds that trigger pain.
Turmeric: A 2009 study published the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine showed that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin relieved pain and improved function in knee osteoarthritis equally to ibuprofen. Additionally, in a 2006 study turmeric extract was found to inhibit joint inflammation and periarticular joint destruction.