Top 5 tips for managing arthritis

 Arthritis is a general term encompassing conditions that share joint pain and inflammation. Typical treatment involves pain-reducing medication. While there is no definitive arthritis diet, research suggests including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet and limiting foods that may trigger joint pain.

1.REDUCE Dairy products may contribute to arthritis pain due to the type of protein they contain. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, for some people this protein may irritate the tissue around the joints. Some sufferers of arthritis pain have success switching to a vegan diet—which contains no animal products whatsoever.

What you can do: Rather than getting protein from meat and dairy, get the bulk of your protein sources from vegetables like spinach, nut butters, tofu, beans, lentils, and quinoa. Jointace supplements also contain a unique blend of nutrients, vitamins and Omega 3, available here from Spring Chicken.

2. ADD turmeric to dishes. Turmeric, the yellow spice common in Indian dishes, contains a chemical called curcumin that may be able to reduce arthritis pain. The secret is its anti-inflammatory properties. The NIH does report that turmeric given to lab rats reduced inflammation in their joints. Research on humans is scarce, but it can’t hurt to add this tasty spice to your dinners.

3. INCLUDE exercise. You don’t need to join a gym or buy special equipment to exercise. The simplest exercises are often the best. i. Stretching exercises help ease aches and pains and get the best movement from your joints. ii. Strengthening exercises help our muscles to support our joints and keep them in the right position when we move. If muscles are weak, the joints can become unstable and this can be painful. iii Fitness exercises help us to keep our hearts healthy. This type of exercise can be as simple as walking a bit further or faster than normal. Arthritis Research UK offers ideas for each of these here.

4. HEAT and cold therapy. Heat or cold therapy works by stimulating your body’s own healing force. For instance, heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain. You can use either dry heat, such as heating pads or heat lamps, or moist heat, such as warm baths or heated wash cloths. Arthritic gloves also provide heat and compression to painful hands. Conversely, cold compresses reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels. While cold packs may be uncomfortable at first, they can numb deep pain.  

5. PROTECT. Joint protection can reduce stress on arthritic joints and decrease pain. There are several joint protection principles which, if followed, will help to conserve energy and preserve joint function.

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