Move it: Arthritic joints are painful to move, especially when inflamed and stiff. Although moving is the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, motion actually will help to keep both the stiffness and the pain down. Continued movement by any means necessary is critical for the treatment of pain and stiffness in the mild and moderate stages of arthritis. Methodically increasing your walking tolerance under a doctor’s supervision to at least 30 minutes a day is crucial to extending your joints’ life.
Lighten up: Thanks to impact stress, we carry four times our own body weight through our knee joints. This means that every 10 pounds of extra weight are like strapping a bowling ball to each knee. Excessive weight puts significant pressure on our hips, knees, and ankles when we run, squat and climb stairs, causing pain and accelerating arthritis in the process. Imagine how much healthier your joints will be if you can stay close to your ideal body weight.
Thank cod: Omega-3 fatty acids are powerhouses of pain relief. The omega-3s in flax and alfalfa seeds produce prostaglandins, which are molecules that your body uses to reduce inflammation. Just 3 tablespoons a day will help your joints to feel their best. The best source of omega-3 fatty acids is no mere seed. Cod liver oil is a tailor-made supplement for arthritis, because it combats both pain and joint degeneration.
A recent study showed that 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil per day helped patients cut down on their pain medication by one-third. And as the word about cod gets out, it’s even easier to get a serving of this fighting fish oil. National retailers now stock items like fruit juice with an imperceptible serving of cod liver oil mixed in. It means your morning orange juice can now help you to fight pain as you greet the day.