Arthritis is inflammation of a joint which may cause pain, swelling, reduction of mobility and possible structural damage to the joint. But, there are ways to cope with this pain in a better way if we just adopt certain lifestyle modifications. Read on to know the 14 Effective Ways To Fight Arthritis Better:
- GO ALKALINE TO NEUTRALIZE ACID PAIN
- EASE PAIN WITH PINEAPPLE
- BOTH HANDS FOR LIGHT LIFTING
- GET A JELLY GOOD CURE
- STEER CLEAR OF SAUCES
- GO LARGE FOR A BETTER GRIP
- LEVER YOURSELF TO FREEDOM
- SOAK AWAY PAIN
- GO ELECTRIC FOR TIP-TOP TEETH
- TAKE UP TAI CHI FOR FLEXIBILITY
- STEP OUT AND STRETCH OUT
- CURRY FLAVOR TO STOP SWELLING
- DROP A SIZE TO BE KNEE WISE
- RUE THE RHUBARB
GO ALKALINE TO NEUTRALIZE ACID PAIN
Acidic foods like tomato, citrus fruits, fruit juices and red meats can make the pain of arthritis worse from the build up of acid crystals in the joints. Push for high-alkaline or neutral foods instead, like green vegetables, eggs, dairy produce and water.
EASE PAIN WITH PINEAPPLE
Pineapple has been shown to suppress inflammation and boost bone health, thus improving joint pain in arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties are thought to be due to its high bromelain content.
BOTH HANDS FOR LIGHT LIFTING
Using both of your hands rather than just one when lifting frying pans, pouring water from a kettle or jug, and carrying heavy household items eases the stress and strain that is caused by friction on joints and it can as a result reduce the effects of pain and discomfort.
GET A JELLY GOOD CURE
A daily supplement containing gelatin, which has unique physical and chemical properties that enable it to reverse the effects of arthritis, can help ease arthritis symptoms significantly after three months of taking it.
STEER CLEAR OF SAUCES
Condiments and sauces like mustard, mayonnaise and vinegar can disrupt the pH of the body, turning it acidic and causing more pain to arthritic joints. Use natural yogurt as a garnish or opt for tomato-based sauces.
GO LARGE FOR A BETTER GRIP
If you suffer from the problems associated with arthritis, of the hands, life in the kitchen will be far easier if you choose gadgets and equipment fitted with large handles. Alternatively, wrap tape or foam around skinny handles so they are easier on your hands when you grip them.
LEVER YOURSELF TO FREEDOM
If you have a weak grip, rather than struggling with hard-to-turn taps (faucets), why not fit levers? These will make your life much easier, as you will have to exert far less strength to turn them on and off. You could also replace doorknobs with levers to help you with doors.
SOAK AWAY PAIN
Morning baths in warm water, or soaks for feet and hands, can help to ease -pain from arthritic joints, which is often worse first thing. A good soak for at least ten minutes will reap maximum benefits.
GO ELECTRIC FOR TIP-TOP TEETH
An electric-toothbrush makes it easier to maintain dental health despite difficulty gripping with arthritic hand joints.
TAKE UP TAI CHI FOR FLEXIBILITY
The ancient chinese art of Tai Chi has been shown to reduce both the effects of arthritis and the distress caused by stiff painful joints. Practicing at least two or three times a week is most beneficial.
STEP OUT AND STRETCH OUT
Regular walking, light weightlifting and stretching can reduce the pain from arthritis by up to a third. Aim for 20-30 minutes of exercising every day, mixing it up for maximum pain relief.
CURRY FLAVOR TO STOP SWELLING
Curries that contain high levels of the herb turmeric contain curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory that can help alleviate pain and swelling. If you don’t fancy the hot stuff, supplements are also available.
DROP A SIZE TO BE KNEE WISE
According to experts, being overweight is such a danger to joints that losing as little as 5 kg (11 lb) may cut the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee by 50%.
RUE THE RHUBARB
Rhubarb contains oxalic acid, which inhibits your body’s ability to absorb calcium and iron from other foods. It can aggravate arthritis and may even cause an attack if eaten to excess.
We hope that this article helps you manage arthritis pain better. If found it useful, share it with others so that they can also fight arthritis better. 🙂
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