Arthritis with its symptoms of swelling, fever, inflammation, stiffness, and pain, can make everyday living and activities uncomfortable at best. There are ways however, to minimize or alleviate the discomforts of this condition and we are going to share some of these with you.
Foods and Arthritis
Although dietary changes are not a cure for arthritis, there are certain foods that help reduce inflammation, strengthen the bones, and support the immune system, easing the effects of this condition.
Strawberries contain immune boosting antioxidants that help fight against inflammation in the body. Certain types of fish including: salmon, tuna, mackerel, and herring, contain another anti-inflammatory in the form of Omega-3. Omega-3 can also be found in soybeans such as tofu and edamame, for those allergic to or not a fan of seafood.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) has anti-inflammatory properties that are like those found in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Cooking with and/or using EVOO in side dishes such as pasta and salads may help reduce swelling in the joints. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are three low-fat dairy products that contain Vitamin D and Calcium. Both Vitamin D and Calcium help strengthen the bones and Vitamin D helps improve the immune system, which is wonderful for those with osteoarthritis (www.arthritis.org).
Exercise and Arthritis
It may be challenging initially, but exercise can do wonders for your arthritis symptoms, in addition to improving your overall health status. Exercise decreases joint pain while increasing strength and flexibility. Popular arthritis relief workouts include yoga, swimming, and the simple act of walking.
Arthritis Product Aids
There are various products that can be bought to help with the pain and uneasiness of arthritis conditions.
For those suffering with arthritis in their ankles and/or knees, arthritis ankle and knee wraps offer support and gentle compression. They help reduce swelling in the ankle and knee joints and aid in alleviating pain as well. These wraps can also be bought for arthritic conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, calf, and shin.
Hot and cold therapy pads provide an inexpensive treatment for arthritis pain. They are placed in the microwave or freezer before use and may be reused. These pads come in different sizes so they may be used on various areas of the body where needed.
Arthritis pain relief cream has two major pain relievers: lidocaine and menthol as the main ingredients, in addition to natural pain relief ingredients such as: St John's Wort and organic aloe. Together these ingredients offer instant pain relief from arthritis when applied to the skin.
You don't have to suffer through or grin and bear the discomforts of arthritis. Try one of these items and find some relief.
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