Arthritis affects 70 million Americans or one in every three adults. Out of the 100 different types of this autoimmune inflammatory joint disease, Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia are the most common.
Considered to be the number one cause of disability in the U.S., arthritic joint pain, stiffness and loss of mobility can make everyday functioning at home, work and play difficult. For many of those suffering from the disease, just getting out of bed, dressing and fixing breakfast in the morning can be painful and frustrating.
For years, the medical community believed people had to just live with arthritis and prescribed controversial “painkillers” with serious side effects. But now many doctors are taking a more holistic approach as evidence accumulates proving diet and lifestyle changes can both help prevent the disease and provide welcome symptom relief.
Though it may be the last thing on your mind when your joints are aching, exercise is vitally important to both your physical and mental well-being. Walking, swimming and yoga are excellent ways to stay active and loosen up the joints with a minimum of stress.
High quality nutrition is essential for a healthy, buoyant, vibrant life. Change your diet to include more organic whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables and fresh wild fish such as salmon. To put less stress on your hips and knees, maintain a healthy weight by eliminating sweets and keeping your fat intake below 30% of your calories. And, drink lots of pure, clean water - at least eight glasses a day.
Also, cut back on red meat. Recent studies show that people who eat red meat daily have twice the risk of arthritis as those who eat meat no more twice a week.
Nutritional supplements are also essential to good health and are recommended by the American Medical Association. For best results with natural whole food supplements, go to www.feel-better.info.
Be sure, for example, to get at least a 1,000 i.u.’s of vitamin D. According to recent research, people with aching bones and muscles are often simply suffering from a lack of D. Many arthritis sufferers have also found significant relief with omega 3 fish oils and omega 6 oils from whole grains, such as rice, wheat and soy.
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