5 Natural Tips To Help Reduce Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is a painful condition in the joints that causes inflammation, stiffness and most of all pain. As we age, these conditions become worse due to wear and tear on our joints, and managing the pain and related symptoms can become even more of a challenge.
Remember those days when you’d play catch and wind up with a sore shoulder? Your mother likely told you to “throw some ice on it.” When pain strikes, one of the first things many people do is grab the heating pad.
Hot and cold therapy helps reduce arthritis pain and while it’s a very temporary solution, it does actually work!
Simply taking a warm bath and applying a heating bad while watching TV can help to ease stiffness in your joints, while an ice pack can help to relieve joint pain after a long day. When you’re looking to loosen up in the morning look to heat, but when you need a quick bit of pain relief, grab an ice pack and give yourself a break
Just about any major life problem can be solved in one way or another through exercise. It helps you control your weight, gives you more energy and overall just improves your quality of life.
While intense sprinting exercises or body building may be out of the question, low impact type exercises like swimming and walking allow you to move freely and to move your joints with little resistance.
Looking for something a bit more involved? Try out yoga! Dr. Meredith Warner always recommends yoga to her patients.
Our diets have a much bigger impact on our quality of life than most of us realize or care to admit. The foods we eat provide our bodies with the energy we need, and the vitamins and minerals we need to thrive.
Avoid fast food, foods with high sodium content and inflammatory foods to help reduce arthritis symptoms. Also, including the right fatty acids in your diet can not only help with pain relief but are known to have similar effects as NSAIDs.
Foods That Cause Inflammation: try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:
- Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
- French fries and other fried foods
- Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
- Red Meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
- Margarine, shortening, and lard
Anti-Inflammatory Foods: An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:
- Olive Oil
- Green Leafy Vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts
- Fatty Fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
- Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
This tip takes into account exercise and diet, as they both play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight. As the numbers on the scale begin to rise, the amount of stress that is placed on our joints increases as well.
With arthritis already causing significant joint pain, keeping your weight under control can help reduce the chance of worsening this pain.
Keep it simple. You don’t have to run a marathon every day to be healthy. Simple, daily choices to move more by walking a little further in a parking lot or stretching before bed will pay big dividends over time.
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