Arthritis is an umbrella term that refers to a disease that causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness to one or more joints. It affects more than 3 million people every year, and there is currently not a known cure. In light of all this, what we want to do in this health hack is offer practical steps that empower you to soothe and alleviate arthritis pain, whether you have it or simply want to prevent it.
STEP #1: EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR MUSCLES AND JOINTS
When you’re joints are stiff and achy exercising is probably the last thing on your mind, and we totally get that. But the fact of the matter is its EXTREMELY important to strengthen the joints and muscles that are affected by your arthritis! We recommend you find an exercise that suits you and doesn’t strain your arthritic area too much.
Being consistent and disciplined in regards to exercising will pay off in the long run, no pun intended. The stronger your joints and muscles are, the less inflammation and strain you will experience. Also an added bonus of exercising is weight loss, which will also alleviate the strain and discomfort on your joints!
STEP #2: HOT AND COLD TREATMENT
According to the Arthritis Foundation, using hot and cold treatment for pain is one of the least expensive and simple methods out there. Here is a breakdown of what each treatment does:
-What it does:
- promotes blood flow
- helps tight and sore muscles relax
- improves circulation and lactic acid breakup
- usually most effective in treating chronic pain
-What you can do:
- take a hot bath or shower
- apply a heated pad
- use natural medications or rubs containing capsicum
- try heated paraffin wax treatment which helps do the things listed above
-What it does:
- reduced blood flow which slows inflammation
- helps numb nerve endings which reduces pain
- reduces swelling and tissue damage
-What you can do:
- wrap or apply an ice pack to the painful area for 20 minutes
- submerge your joint in an ice bath using a bucket or cup
- massage area with ice cube in circular motion for 5 minutes
STEP #3: INCORPORATE ARTHRITIS FIGHTING FOODS INTO YOUR DIET
This is something we’re passionate about! Your diet directly impacts your wellness and quality of life, period. Its true that there are certain foods that will help ease your arthritic pain and reduce inflammation, but it’s equally true that there are also foods you may be eating that are adding to your pain. What we want to do is bring some awareness and encourage you to add these foods to your grocery list, while discouraging you to eat the foods that prolong inflammation and discomfort.
-Foods that fight inflammation and arthritis-
- fatty fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines)
- green leafy vegetables
- green tea
- citric fruits
- and lots of water!
-Foods to avoid that can cause inflammation-
- high fructose corn syrup (which is in a lot of products)
- processed sugar
- excessive alcohol
- processed meats
- trans fats found in many desserts
- refined carbohydrates
- fried foods
STEP #4: TAKE NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS
The best way for your body to get the nutrients it needs is through what you eat. However we understand that not everyone is able to incorporate the foods necessary for them to be healthy, which is why we believe vitamins can be a healthy and natural supplement for what you’re missing out on. We do not, I repeat, we do not think you should substitute healthy foods by using ONLY supplements. We advise FIRST improving your diet, and only using supplements to help fill in certain gaps if necessary. Make sure you are aware of the doses and daily recommendations so that you don’t over do it.
With all that being said, there are supplements that have been proven to help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation. Below is a list of safe and natural supplements you can try.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids/Fish Oil
- Vitamin C
- Chondroitin Sulfate
- Boswellia Serrate
- Cat’s Claw
STEP #5: DON’T STOP LEARNING!
This may come as a surprise that we would list this as a step, but we want to briefly talk about the importance of learning. The fact that you clicked on this blog post already shows you are interested in gaining knowledge that will help improve your life, and for that we want to commend you! We live in a world in which information is easily accessible and free, but most people don’t want to take the time to get informed. We have access to more resources now than ever before in history, so we want to end by encouraging you along in the disciplines of research, learning, and critical thinking.
There is a ton of junk to sift through on the internet, so it’s important that you try and get your information from reputable sources. Make sure to research multiple sources and opinions to get to the truth, and also understand everyone’s bodies are different so what works for one person may not work perfectly for you.
Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to learn a little. We believe in the power of knowledge and truth, and will continue to do our best to share health hacks that will lead to living a more abundant life!