Sip ginger tea
Some preliminary studies have suggested that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to work by curbing pain-causing chemicals that are part of the body’s inflammatory response—without the side effects common in medications. Use powdered, raw, or lightly cooked fresh ginger liberally on food. Make your own ginger tea by simmering slices of ginger for 15 minutes in a few cups of boiling water, or buy ginger tea bags at the supermarket.
Eat inflammation-fighting foods
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Ditch the fast food, junk food, fried food, and processed food if you want to improve joint pain. A review of several nonrandomized studies of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients found that those who switched to a Mediterranean-style eating plan (think fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, garlic, onions, and herbs) had a reduction in pain inflammation and increase in some physical function as a result.