Do You Know What to Do About Arthritis?
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more fruits and vegetables will also help you eat less, as they are
dense foods - foods which contain a large volume of water. Dense foods
fill you up faster and cause you to eat less at each sitting.
Dark-colored fruits and vegetables, especially blue or purple ones,
have been found to be very rich in agents called phytochemicals which
greatly benefit your health in several different ways.
Increasing your physical activity doesn't mean you have to start an
exercise program or enroll at gym. Rather, being physically active
means moving often and can be accomplished by simply doing more of the
activities which you already do.
Perhaps one of the best ways you can increase your physical activity
is to increase the number of steps you walk a day. The best way to
help you do this is to begin using a pedometer. Keep track of the
number of steps you make per day over the course of a couple weeks.
Compute your average steps per day and then set a goal to add 3000
steps per day over the next 60-90 days. Once you achieve and maintain
this goal for several weeks, increase your target daily steps again by
another 3000 per day. If you really want to make this work for you,
talk to a friend or two to walk with you. Having someone help keep you
accountable is a great way to improve your follow through with any
physical activity program.
Resistive exercises which target the joints affected by osteoarthritis
have also been found to slow the progression of this condition. The
key isn't to see how much weight you can lift, but rather to do many
repetitions of a movement using a much lighter amount of weight or
resistance. 20% of your maximum has been found to be optimal in
working with osteoarthritic joints. Elastic bands or weights can be
used and you can very slowly increase the resistance over time.
Diet has been found to profoundly impact arthritis as well. Dietary
supplements can help protect the cartilage in the joints, which is
very beneficial to arthritis sufferers. Glucosamine HCl and
Chondroitin Sulfate have both been found to benefit the joints.
However, when taken together (in doses of 2-3 grams per day) they have
been found to provide much greater benefit than what either is able to
do on its own, providing better relief than prescription Celebrex.
Another supplement known as SAMe, or S-Adenosyl-methionine, has been
found to be a very effective, while more expensive, aide to
osteoarthritis sufferers. Doses of 400-1200mg per day have shown great
results; according to one study better results than that of
prescription medications for osteoarthritis, especially when
1000-1200mg are taken daily.
Relief from the pain of osteoarthritis without the side effects common
to prescription medication can also be found in topical analgesics
that contain menthol, camphor and/or methyl salicylate. Biofreeze,
Sombra and Salonpas products have all become popular with those who
suffer from arthritis and are looking for temporary relief. There does
not appear to be any harm from using these products on a repeated
basis, which lends to their strong popularity.
While any one of these treatments may help you with your arthritis,
combining two or more of these recommendations will provide much
better results. Seeking regular chiropractic care while increasing
your daily physical activity (including resistive exercises),
diminishing your portion size, taking supplements and using topical
analgesics will give you by far the best results.
If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with
osteoarthritis, rest assured that this is not a death sentence. Many
opportunities for relief exist and with some trial and error you will
be able to find solutions that are right for you.
About the Author:
Dr. Nick Preston is a chiropractor focused on helping families enjoy
greater health and founder of
Wisdom and Health. Find products like
Biofreeze, Sombra and others which can help you get relief
from your arthritis symptoms.
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