Arthritis, a common chronic disorder of the joints, affects nearly 50 million Americans. Arthritis pain can have a major impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are many ways to help manage your arthritis symptoms and lead an active lifestyle.
Reduce Your Stress
Stress is a major factor in many cases of arthritis. Stress can cause inflammation and pain, as well as fatigue, depression, sleep problems and constipation. When you’re stressed out it’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself since you’re so busy trying to handle all the things that are stressing you out! However it’s important not only because it helps with everyday life but also because stress makes arthritis worse!
Eat A Healthy Diet
To help prevent or cure arthritis, you should eat a healthy diet, says Dr Lauren Papa. A diet that includes the following foods can help reduce inflammation and pain:
• Foods rich in calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D (such as dairy products)
• Foods that are low in sugar and saturated fats (such as olive oil)
• Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish such as salmon)
If you’re not sure what foods contain these nutrients, ask your doctor for advice about making healthy choices at the grocery store or restaurant.
Losing weight can help reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Studies show that losing just 5% to 10% of your body weight can have a significant impact on your health, including reducing joint pain and stiffness.
If you are overweight or obese, losing even small amounts of weight will make a big difference in how much energy you have and how well your joints function. If you need help figuring out how many calories are right for you and what types of food choices will help keep them low-calorie (while still being filling), consult with an Dr Lauren Papa who specializes in nutrition therapy or work with an online dietitian such as myself!
• Food options include fruits and vegetables, whole grains like quinoa or brown rice (or other whole grains), lean meat such as fish or chicken breast without skin.