The numbers of people affected with arthritis are as high as one in every five in the USA. While there is no cure for arthritis, it can be be treated to ease the pain and discomfort. There are many natural ways to achieve this goal without resorting to pharmaceutical medications with their possible side effects.
One way is to aim for an anti-inflammatory diet with the help of these nutritious foods and beverages:
Green tea - the catechins in this tea may prevent cartilage from breaking down to help preserve the joints for longer.
Omega-3 fatty acids – these lead to greater strength, reduced joint swelling and tenderness, less fatigue, less joint stiffness and less overall pain. Include salmon from safe, sustainable sources, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, oysters, flaxseeds (ground and oil), chia seeds and walnuts in your diet.
Olive Oil – this contains a natural compound called oleocanthal which is said to block the same inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen and aspirin (pharmaceutical medications commonly used to fight arthritis pain). Extra virgin olive oil from a reputable source with its stronger taste has the highest levels of oleocanthal.
Carotenes – these are powerful antioxidant nutrients found in cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, kale, butternut squash and spinach. Beta-cryptoxanthin have also been found helpful in reducing the risk of developing inflammation-related disorders. The best foods for beta-cryptoxanthin include winter squash, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers, corn, oranges and apricots.
Vitamin C – this is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of collagen, a major component of cartilage while research suggests that those who are deficient in vitamin C may have a greater risk of developing arthritis. There are plenty of vitamin C rich foods to choose from - especially guava, bell peppers,oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, broccoli, kidney beans, kiwi and cauliflower.
Anthocyanins – these are powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation by inhibiting production of certain inflammatory chemicals. Some of the best foods for anthocyanins include cherries, blackberries, black currents, blueberries, eggplant, elderberries, raspberries, boysenberries, red and black grapes, strawberries, and plums.
Ginger and Turmeric – these spices have powerful anti–inflammatory effects and should be included in your diet as often as possible.
Other natural ways to look after your joints and prevent the pain and discomfort of arthritis include:
Exercising with swimming, cycling and walking being excellent forms of exercise after first warming up and stretching the muscles. Swimming is particularly helpful for joint health because it is low impact, relaxes stiff muscles and isn’t weight-bearing. Swimming also increases circulation. When the human body is submerged in water, it automatically becomes lighter.
Losing weight will take a lot of the strain off your joints because every extra kilo or pound aggravates the amount of stress on your knees. The more pressure on the joints, the more pain you may have, and the faster the joint deteriorates. Making a concerted effort to lose weight is the single most important step you can take.
Avoid injury but should it occur, use ice as an effective drug-free pain reliever to numb pain and relieve joint swelling. Apply a small ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the affected area several times a day for as long as it takes.
Improve your posture by deep breathing while you concentrate on standing up straight to protect your joints, from your neck right down to your ankles, and to lessen any strain on the hip joints and the back. As you stand, keep your weight evenly distributed between both feet and keep your shoulders drawn back and down to lift and broaden your chest. Your chin should be parallel with the ground.
Good quality sleep is essential to your overall health and well being whilst resting your joints and helping to reduce any pain and swelling.
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