Arthritis Prevention Tips

Arthritis is something that affects many people as they age, and you may think there is nothing that can be done to prevent its onset. However, through lifestyle choices and actions you can take now, you can help prevent the damaging effects of arthritis on your body.

Exercise 

Fitness is so important for the wellness of your whole body, but especially if you are someone at risk for arthritis. Your orthopedic doctor can work with you to structure a fitness plan that considers your needs and abilities. Activities such as yoga will help you keep your joints mobile and working well with less joint impact. Exercise will also help you keep your weight down. Maintaining a healthy weight minimizes the impact on your joints.

Nutrition and Diet

Just as exercise helps you stay fit and active, the right dietary balance will keep extra weight off of your joints and nourish your cells. A diet rich in vitamin C, D, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids and other antioxidants will protect your body and reduce inflammation in your body tissue. Avoid processed foods, high sodium, and refined sugar as much as possible in favor of excellent food sources such as nuts, vegetables, fruit, and lean protein. Green tea, raspberries, cherries, pineapple, spinach, carrots, wild and fresh salmon, and the use of olive oil are all known to help manage inflammation in your joints and tissues. What a delicious way to prevent arthritis symptoms!

Joint Health Supplements

Keep joints healthy and fluid with natural supplements containing substances such as MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Glucosamine, Calcium, and chondroitin. As with any herb or medicine, consult both your general and orthopedic doctor before adding to your regimen to avoid interaction with other medicines you may take or health issues you have.

Natural Pain Relief 

Your orthopedic doctor is a great source of information on pain management for any arthritis issues you may already be experiencing. It may not be necessary to rely on chemicals for symptom improvement, as products such as Cayenne cream, which contains pain-relieving capsaicin, magnets, heat and cold therapy are all helpful for pain reduction. Ginger and Turmeric are natural anti-inflammatories.

Arthritis does not have to be a fact of life. Stay active, maintain a healthy body weight, and eat foods that are good sources of antioxidants to feel great for a lifetime. Consult your orthopedic doctor for more tips on preventing arthritis.

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