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Knee Joint Pain: What Should You Be Eating to Relieve the Pain

by Michelle Evans

Knee pain. The unwanted pangs of discomfort in your knee can prove to be consequential to the quality of your daily life. 

While our instinct often involves reaching for a pain reliever to relieve knee pain, there are other long-term actions we can take to reduce the degree of pain in our joints.  

Weight loss, rest, ice packs and low-impact exercise are all things that come to mind, but there is one more option that we can take to resolve pain in our joints. 

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Natural Knee Pain Relief

Did you know that you can cure chronic inflammation in the body simply by changing or boosting certain foods that you eat? According to a study published in the  Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, if you are one who has knee joint pain, it may be time to boost your fiber intake. Consistent intake of fiber just may be the cure for that pesky pain in your knee.

In addition to lowering cholesterol, improving digestive function, lowering blood pressure, and supporting cardiac health, fiber lowers markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood, that contribute to inflammation in the body. CRP contributes to conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. Fiber is rich with  phytonutrients which are thought to be a main contributor in the battle against inflammation.  Phytonutrients are commonly found in fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

How Many Grams of Fiber Per Day Should I Eat? 

You should try to eat approximately 25 grams of fiber per day. Fiber supplements are an option, but best path is to consume fiber naturally when possible. It is okay to pace yourself in increasing the amount of fiber you eat each day. Too much fiber too soon can leave your bowels rumbling with excessive bloating and gas pains. Give your body the time it needs to adjust.  However, once you achieve 25 grams of fiber intake, establish a plan for consistency and maximization of fiber intake. 

Which Foods Have the Most Fiber?

Which foods have the most fiber? Well, this question is a good one if you are looking to knock out your fiber intake with just a few bites --or even if you're just curious for the sake of curiosity. Here are ten foods that are high in fiber content. 

  • Broccoli
  • Artichokes
  • Lentils
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Avocados
  • Pears
  • Oatmeal
  • Black Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Peas

Boost your fiber today! Have you tried it? Does what you eat determine the amount of inflammation in your body?