Arthritis makes life a little more difficult for people of all ages, and walks of life. But it is important to know that if you are living with arthritis, you are not doomed to a life of prescription drugs, surgery, and limited mobility; there are many ways that you can nurture your body back to an optimal state of function.
Fatty Acids are Essential
Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3s, may help reduce joint stiffness and pain. I prefer liquid over caps, because there tends to be a lot more filler in the capsules, and you end up getting a lot less EPA/DHA than you think.
Another fatty acid that can help is gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. It’s found in the seeds of certain plants like evening primrose, borage, hemp, and black currants. You can also buy the oils of the seeds as a supplement.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Long, warm morning showers or baths help ease stiffness in your joint. During cold months, using electric blankets and moist heating pads when sleeping will keep your tissue warm and loose.
Cold treatments are best for relieving joint pain. Wrap a gel ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to painful joints for quick relief.
Many people experience arthritis in their back and knees because of the pressure imbalances that excess weight causes. Simple fixes to diets can be essential in dropping unneeded pounds.
Double your water intake, get your body pH alkaline, eliminate inflammation-causing foods, and eat small, lean meals often. One of the biggest contributors to obesity is under-eating, and poorly-timed meals.
Exercise more often
Aside from the weight loss benefits of exercise, functional movement will recover a lot of joint flexibility, range of motion, and even break up scar tissue.
Here we go again! Turmeric, the yellow miracle 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.
All we hear about these days is about the powerhouse effects of Turmeric; how it is as effective as dozens of different pharmaceutical-grade drugs. It is a big strong-tasting, but it will revolutionize the way you treat yourself!
And of course, it goes without saying, that you should always have your primary doctor in the mix when you are deciding on a treatment path for your condition. Stay natural and happy!