Believe it or not, you really are what you eat. Scientists are continually discovering just how much of an impact our diet has on our overall health. We’ve put together a list of our 3 favorite foods that help with swelling in your hands. Swelling in the hands can be caused by many different issues including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and more. It’s always important to talk to your doctor if you experience swelling in your hands, or even other symptoms such as pain, numbness or weakness.
Fortunately, the following foods are not only tasty, but they have anti-inflammatory properties to ease the ache and tension of hand swelling.
Salmon, cod and sardines are all jam-packed with omega-3 fats that are known to reduce swelling. If you’re not a fan of fish, supplements can be a beneficial substitution. Fish oil pills will have a similar effect. Read Chris Kresser’s fish vs. fish oil article to make a well-informed decision between the two options.
Nuts can be added to almost any meal and can give it extra texture and flavor. Did you know they also help reduce swelling in your joints? Take a bag of walnuts or almonds to snack on at work. Sit back, relax and let their natural anti-inflammatory properties take effect and reduce the swelling in your hands.
This one is our favorite for a few reasons. Of course chocolate is delicious, but it also has a whole heap of health benefits. Not only will it help with the swelling in your hands, it’s also a heart healthy food and stress reducer.
To learn more about a diet that can help with joint swelling, check out this article written by the Arthritis Foundation on breaking down more anti-inflammatory foods that will help to reduce swelling in your hands.