It's no secret that I enjoy a little vino every once and awhile. Heck, me and my girlfriends count on it every weekend. After my second – or, let's be honest – third glass of red wine last night, I realized that my bunion pain miraculously disappeared. As it turns out, there is a whole scientific explanation behind this boozy pain relief.
There are these chemicals in red wine called polyphenols that are known to reduce inflammation. These naturally-occurring nutrients trigger a reaction that can spell relief for your toesies and other achy joints like ankles and knees. This is gonna make my weekends a lot more fun, that is for sure. Knowing that my favorite beverage also relieves my bunion pain? This is almost too good to be true.
As always, it is important plenty of water when you are tipping back the glass. Approximately three to five pints a day are usually good for normal hydration, according to The Daily Mail. For a lady like me who typically enjoys to put back at least a glass or two should probably up that number to make sure that a steady flow of nutrients is making its way to my bunion.
Arthritis is normal for broads like me, since it is a common trigger for bunion pain, but working off that glass of red wine with a jog or some yoga the next day is probably a good idea for your bunion too. According to HealthWorld, obesity can put even more strain on your feet. Since the toes are weight-bearing joints, it is important to hit the treadmill or roll out the mat after a night of drinking with the ladies. Too much alcohol can create excess belly fat (and who wants that?), so leading an active lifestyle is important in keeping a bunion at bay.
To all those white wine lovers out there looking to ease their arthritic bunion pain – you may want to switch to red. It turns out the skins of the grapes contain those antioxidants that make your bunion happy, and those are only found in the red varieties. As if this news can't get any better, I also found out that dark chocolate also contains this miracle nutrient. Pinch me, I must be dreaming.
I didn't need another reason to uncork that bottle of Merlot this evening, but now that I know that my feet are going to be happier because of it, it's all the more reason to eat, drink and be merry. Cheers to you and better relief for your bunions!