Our generation is growing up armed with more tools and information than ever to help us live a healthier lifestyle. But, that also means we are developing aches and pains a lot earlier than our parents’ generation.

In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did a national survey and found 30% of adults over 18 had joint pain.

Our parents enrolled us in sports and other physical activities at a younger age. Many of those young athletes went on to continue playing that sport, even multiple sports, throughout middle, high school, and college.

Instead of relying on pain relievers, a healthier alternative to combat muscle soreness, inflammation and joint pain can be found by opening up the medicine cabinets in our kitchen. Here’s a list of foods that could help heal from the inside out, according to Men’s Fitness.

Here are some natural ways to deal with reducing inflammation and leading a healthier lifestyle.

Berries

Berries contain anthocyanins (antioxidant compounds that fight inflammation) They also contain ellagic acid which can help with decreasing inflammation that intensifies joint pain. While they may not be in season, you can still find berry assortments in your grocer’s freezer. Enjoy them in your favorite smoothie recipe or dress up your morning oats or yogurt.

Nuts

These lovely snacks are loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants that help your body fight off and repair damage caused by inflammation. Besides eating these as a snack, you can dress up your morning oatmeal with a handful of your favorite nuts.

Orange Veggies

I admit it, this sounds strange. But orange vegetables are strong inflammation fighters, thanks to their vitamin A and beta-carotene. So, don't forget to eat some of the delicious carrots, sweet potatoes, and seasonal butternut squash.

Dark Leafy Greens

Any individuals starting to develop arthritis? Well sitting at the computer typing 5 days a week, it is not surprising that you are starting to feel some tightness in your wrists. Well, vegetables like kale, brussel sprouts, bok choy, spinach, and broccoli are packed with antioxidants. JoMo has shown that dark leafy greens may help to ward off arthritis, slow its progression and even help with lessening the association of pain. 

Oily Fish

Salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids help to suppress the production of enzymes that destroy cartilage. Thus reducing joint pain and stiffness. Try supplementing one of your chicken or beef nights with 2 or more nights of oily fish.  

Apple

We have all heard this saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well how about, "an apple a day keeps the arthritis at bay." Not just any apple though. Red Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant that reduces the progression of arthritis. Red apples also have anthocyanins, strong anti-inflammatory compounds.

Ginger

Ginger is one of nature's strongest anti-inflammatories. It eases joint pain by blocking several genes and enzymes that promote inflammation and discomfort. 

Water, Water, and guess what.....Water

Don't forget to drink up! Water is a great way to help keep the joints lubricated while helping nutrients flow properly throughout the body. 

No matter what age we are, we should take care of our bodies. Now it's your turn!