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Here are Five Ways to Treat Arthritis at Home

arthritisArthritis is a joint inflammation condition. It affects not only the joints but also the tissues surrounding it. More and more people today are suffering from this condition. In the old days, arthritis is common to the elderly. Today, not only in the elders but it’s also being detected in young adults. Today’s lifestyle may have a great impact on why arthritis is being detected at an early age.

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent out of all the various types of arthritis. It affects millions of people all around the globe. When the protective cartilage that cushions the end of our bones deteriorates through a long period of time, osteoarthritis occurs. Another rheumatic condition is gout which is very common to many people. Just to give you an idea about rheumatoid arthritis, this is the kind of arthritis that is progressive — it is long term and can disable our body’s autoimmune system which means that our body’s own immune system is the one attacking the healthy tissues with unknown causes. Pain due to inflammation and swelling first affects the hands before spreading to other joints of our body. Serious damage of rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe damage to joints and may lead to serious complications.

Though there are several types of arthritis, there are signs that are typical for most.

a. Pain and swelling experienced in joint areas

b. Joint stiffness

c. The range in motion is sometimes reduced

d. Others may also experience weight loss, fever or fatigue due to joint pains

There are several natural ways to get relief for pain caused by arthritis. Read on below and familiarize yourself with remedies found to be helpful and very effective for people suffering from this kind of disease.

Lose Weight

Due to today’s busy lifestyle, most individuals no longer have time going to the gym for some exercise. Because of obesity, the joint has a hard time carrying or supporting our body, putting more pressure to it. Losing some of that weight may improve the body’s mobility and future damage of the joint may also be prevented.

Exercise

Exercising is not only for reducing weight; this may also maintain joint flexibility for regular body movements. But not all kinds of activities are good for your joints. Running and walking can be damaging but low-impact exercises such as swimming or aerobics are recommended since these activities can be done without adding stress to the joints.

Have the Right Fatty Acids

fish oilHaving the right fatty acids included in your diet is found to benefit joint pains. Omega-3 fatty acids are not only best for the heart but also helps people with arthritis. You may want to include fish in your diet right away and avoid unhealthy foods. Fish oil and other supplement are also recommended but be sure to check with your doctor before taking any.

Take Herbal Supplements

Try to consider taking herbal supplements. There are lots of herbal medicines in the market today that have good reviews and are found to be very effective. But since herbal supplements are not being monitored by the Food and Drug Administration in some states, it is still best to consult your doctor about it. Not all herbal medicines being sold in the market are proven to be natural.

Try Turmeric

turmericTurmeric is found to be beneficial for many kinds of pain and have proven results in reducing inflammation. Studies show that turmeric has major benefits for the body and brain. Curcumin which is the main ingredient of turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. This helps fight other bacteria from invading and repairing damages in our body. Curcumin has a high anti-inflammatory agent which is proven to have no side effects, unlike other drugs.

Arthritis is a disease that is painful and that causes damages in our joints. Other forms of arthritis may lead to death if left untreated. Ignoring it won’t make it go away. We have to deal with arthritis to prevent further degeneration of the joints. It is best to supply ourselves with knowledge about this disease and how to prevent it. These remedies may only help to reduce the pain but is not proven to treat arthritis itself. Expert advice from doctors is still needed before taking any other considerations.

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