Believe it or not, our body works a lot like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. And, just like the Tin Man, there are some simple steps you can take to achieve natural pain relief from joint pain.
To keep your body moving easily, you need well-nourished, lubricated and limber joints.
And since osteoarthritis (OA) is by far the most common joint disorder causing pain and inflexibility, itís best for you to start with a healthy osteoarthritis diet that includes good oils (to keep you from rusting like Tin Man), plus regular moderate exercise for flexibility.
Here are the main symptoms of osteoarthritis, which usually begin slowly:
- Pain. In the beginning, there may be mild joint pain during or after movement. This can get worse over time until even resting is painful.
- Grating. You might possibly hear a crackling sound when you move (just like Tin Man) or you may notice a sensation of grating or rubbing in the joint.
- Stiffness. Joint stiffness is one of the most common symptoms. It usually occurs when first waking up in the morning or after inactivity.
But hereís the most interesting thing about OA symptoms. Some people, whose joint x-rays show osteoarthritis, have no symptoms at all! Wouldnít that be nice?
Osteoarthritis Diet and Lifestyle for Pain Relief
Osteoarthritis is the result of cartilage wearing out in weight bearing joints, mainly the knees, hips and spine. Cartilage is what cushions your bones at the joints, so that they can move easily. Cartilage also keeps your joints from grind against each other.
The slippery tissue of cartilage allows your joints to slide without friction.
Luckily, there are certain things that you can do to naturally prevent OA progression and help relieve the pain. Here are the five steps for natural osteoarthritis and joint pain relief:
1. Eat an Osteoarthritis Diet. Eating healthy foods and eliminating unhealthy food from your diet is essential for OA prevention and natural pain relief. Itís especially important for you to choose foods that are high in essential nutrients and good omega 3 oils:
- Cold water fish like salmon, tuna, herring and sardines,
- Organically grown vegetables and fruits,
- Allium garlic and onion veggies,
- Nuts, beans and seeds,
- Whole grains.
3. Reach and maintain an ideal weight. Being overweight puts extra stress on your joints and bones. Studies show that overweight men and women have four to five times the risk of developing osteoarthritis in their knees compared to men and women of normal body weight.
4. Try neuromuscular massage & acupuncture. Studies show that acupuncture can relieve pain and improve flexibility in people with knee osteoarthritis. And message therapy increases blood flow and helps reduce tight muscles and fascia that can interfere with alignment.
5. Include supplements for OA prevention. Taking full-spectrum multi vitamin-mineral supplements helps assure that youíre getting all necessary nutrients. Also include extras of the following supplements to help reduce the pain, stiffness and swelling symptoms of osteoarthritis.
- Fish oil for lubrication and to reduce inflammation,
- Vitamin C for rebuilding the connective tissue,
- Glucosamine for repairing your cartilage,
- And quality protein for tissue repair.
Osteoarthritis is generally considered to be an inevitable part of aging. But this doesnít have to be true for you. Just follow the above OA diet and guidelines for prevention and pain relief.
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