I get this question a great deal when I see clients and patients each day. How can I heal nagging injuries or why do I have this body or joint pain? They say I just feel tired, run down and always sore. There are many reasons for this and we always try and get to the root cause but sometimes people just need to incorporate these foods and drinks into their regimen. It could be a physical pain or even a diagnosis from their doctor like fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc. We can’t see everyone so these are great ideas that help most people. As always, this is what I see clinically and what the research reveals as well. Always consult your primary care provider first as I am not your practitioner. Enjoy.
- Foods that contain Vitamin D3 and K2. There is also a great supplement from Pure Encapsulations or Douglas Labs that contain these.
“When you take vitamin D, your body creates more of these vitamin K2-dependent proteins, the proteins that will move the calcium around. They have a lot of potential health benefits. But until the K2 comes in to activate those proteins, those benefits aren’t realized. So, really, if you’re taking vitamin D, you’re creating an increased demand for K2. And vitamin D and K2 work together to strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.” 1
Some great foods are :
- Grass-fed organic animal products (i.e. eggs, butter, organic dairy)
- Certain fermented foods such as natto, or vegetables fermented using a starter culture of vitamin K2-producing bacteria. Please note that most fermented vegetables are not really high in vitamin K2 and come in at about 50 mcg per serving. However, if specific starter cultures are used they can have ten times as much, or 500 mcg per serving.
- Goose liver pâté
- Certain cheeses such as Brie and Gouda (these two are particularly high in K2, containing about 75 mcg per ounce)
- Dark Greens and Leafy Vegetables
2. Collagen Based Foods. Great supplement option is Collagen JS by Pure Encapsulations
“Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, especially type 1 collagen. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. When it comes to our joints and tendons, in simplest terms, it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together.” 2
Some great foods are:
Fish, Red Vegetables, Berries, Orange Vegetables, garlic, rose hips, avocado oil and oysters.
3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Astaxanthin. There are many great EPA/DHA combinations for supplements.
“Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and astaxanthin reduce inflammation. Omega-3’s help provide better cell membrane receptor activity while astaxanthin provides a very strong antioxidant effect that combine to powerfully reduce inflammation and pain.” 3
Great foods with omega 3’s and astaxanthin:
Wild caught salmon, cod liver oil, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, white fish, hemp seeds, natto, wild arctic char and green algae.
Good luck and always here to help.