Joint inflammation, or Arthritis, affects 40 million persons in the United States. Arthritis is the result of the reduction in the normal amount of flexible tissue (cartilage) that rest between and protects your joints from pressure and shock when you move.
Unfortunately there is no cure for Arthritis. And while genetics can increase one’s chance of it developing, there are you can help prevent it.
Maintaining a healthy body weight with diet and exercise can help stave off Osteoarthritis (OA). This most common form occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. The most effective exercise program includes resistance training, aerobic exercise and a healthy and balanced diet.
Don’t smoke, or quit smoking in order to reduce your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While the correlation between smoking and arthritis in not well understood, there seems to be an affect on the immune system function of predisposed individuals. So if you have RA in your family and you smoke…quit! And, if you don’t and still smoke…quit!
Eat Fish and avoid Prime Rib. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines can reduce inflammation in the body when eaten twice a week. That’s good! Foods high in purines like Prime Rib or liver, shellfish, spinach and mushrooms can cause an increase in gout flare-ups. That’s bad!
Go Indian! Curcumin, which gives the spice turmeric its yellow color, has anti-inflammatory properties that can ease arthritis pain. Order Chicken Tikka when dining Indian!
Passing on sodas may also help decrease the risk in developing RA, especially in women. Sugary drinks can add unwanted body weight. It can also contribute to the progression of OA in the knee, especially in men who drink more than five sodas a week.
Choose Extra Virgin Olive Oil to reduce RA inflammation. DRIZZLE it on salads or hearty veggies. However, use it sparingly. It is high in calories!
Also in order to prevent joint stiffness and pain:
- If you sit at work, make sure your chair supports your lower and mid-back and your elbow is resting at 90-degrees to the keyboard. Walk around every 20 minutes.
- If you stand, keep straight and keep moving. Make sure your work station fits your physique.
- If you’re active, give your body a break.
- If you’re sedentary, get moving.
- No matter what you do…STRETCH!
So, if you are currently suffering from or are predisposed to Arthritis, please consider implementing some of the above tips for relief. And, of course, if you have yet to experience any symptoms of joint inflammation and you want to keep it that way, do so as well.
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