Are You Suffering From Arthritis?

An estimated 50 million adults in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. (CDC, 2013). Arthritis is the inflammation in one or more of your joints causing stiffness, aches, & pain. The most common types are rheumatoid arthritis & osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto immune disorder where the body attacks the lining of the joint capsule resulting in swelling and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis can have an early onset, with joint damage within the first two years. (Arthritis Foundation, 2008). Osteoarthritis is mainly caused by wear and tear on the joints. Extensive damage results in loss of joint cartilage leaving the bones to grind against one another. The knee joints are a common area to become affected. (Mayo Clinic, 2013).

Symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Loss of motion

Risk Factors:

  • Family history – some types of arthritis are hereditary. My Mother & Grandmother both have osteoarthritis.
  • Age – Risk increases with age, typically over 50.
  • Your sex – Women are more prone then men.
  • Previous joint injury – Sports injury or over use of joints, previous accident, or previous broken bones.
  • Obesity – Extra weight puts pressure on the joints increasing aches & pains.

Foods that help reduce inflammation:

  • Fruits – pineapple, cherries, blueberries, apples, strawberries
  • Nuts
  • Green tea
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric, ginger, thyme
  • Fish
  • Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa

Herbs that help reduce pain & swelling:

  • Turmeric
  • Cats Claw
  • Boswellia
  • Aloe Vera
  • Ginger

Exercising lightly with low impact movements will help keep your body flexible, reduce pain, and keep bones strong. Stretching is one of the best exercises for people suffering from arthritis. Aerobics & walking help strengthen the muscles, increase your heart rate, and release endorphins to make you feel happy!

 

Disclaimer: The information provided is not intended to treat or cure a medical condition. I am not a doctor, please consult your personal physician before starting, stopping, or changing your routine. All content provided is for informational purposes only.

Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/arthritis.htm

http://www.arthritis.org/files/images/newsroom/media-kits/Rheumatoid_Arthritis_Fact_Sheet.pdf

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/herbs-arthritis-pain#6

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/arthritis/DS01122

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/treating-rheumatoid-arthritis#1

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