Just because you have arthritis doesn’t mean you have to experience the debilitating pain associated with it. Although there are medications you can take to alleviate some of those symptoms, there are several things you could be doing right now that don’t require a visit to your doctor, surgery or thousands of your hard-earned dollars.
If you are carrying some extra pounds and struggling with constant pressure and pain to your joints, your first course of action may be in getting your weight to a healthy range. According to Kevin Fontaine, assistant professor of rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University, “Being just 10 pounds overweight increases the force on your knees by 30 to 40 pounds with every step you take.” Losing just a few pounds can make a huge difference. If you don’t know where to start, talk to a certified nutritionist or a registered dietician to set up a personalized meal plan.
Certain foods can irritate and inflame the joints and others help keep them comfortable and mobile. Some of the best foods you can eat to manage joint pain (add link to article #5 “The 5 Best Foods for Arthritis”) include fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel), spinach, turmeric, walnuts and broccoli. These superfoods contain multiple ingredients that combat many of the symptoms associated with arthritis: cartilage breakdown, inflammation, pain and joint decay.
Flexify Advanced Joint Support is a natural supplement that provides immediate and lasting relief from joint aches and pains. It combines seven clinically tested and validated ingredients into easy-to-swallow tablets. Unlike many other arthritis medications and treatments that only deliver short-term relief, Flexify supports five key areas of building and maintaining optimal joint health: mobility, comfort, strength, flexibility and lubrication.
The key to prevention is listening to your body and knowing when to stop, rest and recover.
Flexify’s powerful ingredients have proven to help those suffering with arthritis. A $12.5 million study conducted at 16 U.S. rheumatology research centers found that patients who experienced moderate to severe pain responded better to the glucosamine/chondroitin than other treatments.
Sometimes it takes discipline to stop, especially when you just want to go hard. Athletes in particular struggle with knowing when to stop and rest. Adequate rest and recovery after exercise isn’t good just for those with arthritis, but for everyone. Whether you experience chronic joint pain or not, each time you push yourself physically, you risk injury. The key to prevention is listening to your body and knowing when to stop, rest and recover.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends taking at least one day of rest before working similar muscle groups again. Repetitive or extensive training without adequate rest and recovery could lead to overtraining syndrome, which increases risks for injury and illness. If you do happen to take things too far, apply some RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation). This will help reduce swelling and you will recover more quickly. There are also splints, braces, wraps and gloves available that provide support and lessen pain and inflammation in your joints.
Arthritis doesn’t have to keep you from living the good life. Make today a new day by eating joint-happy foods, working to lose those extra pounds, taking care of your body through proper rest and exercise and taking a daily advanced joint supplement.