Plagued With Osteoarthritis? Here Are Natural Ways To Repair Your Joints
Osteoarthritis, a painful ailment that affects about a hundred and fifty people worldwide, is one of the common types of arthritis. This is a condition where cartilage that acts as cushions between joints gradually breaks down.
It is believed that people with this type of arthritis may have inherently defective cartilage that makes it vulnerable to normal “wear and tear”. Other experts also think that this disease may stem from sport related injuries, but whatever may be the cause, the bottom line is that you probably hurt badly and want a relief like yesterday.
Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but it is more common in the hands, hips, knees, and back. Depending on the area of the body that is affected, typical symptoms are swelling, pain, and stiffness which causes limitation of motion, and invariably makes normal activities such as climbing stairs, bending and kneeling very difficult. Stiffness of the joints also becomes severe after prolonged periods of inactivity.
First things first. If you suffer from any of the symptoms described above and think you may have osteoarthritis, see your doctor for proper diagnoses. A lot of people do self- diagnoses of their problems and begin treatment for something quite different from what is really affecting them. They continue with this treatment for some time with no improvements and the obvious conclusion they arrive at is that the treatment was not effective.
It is important to know that many other conditions such as infections, diabetes, and cancer can resemble the symptoms of arthritis, and proper diagnosing needs to be carried out to rule out all other possible diseases. Please consult with your doctor first, and if your condition is diagnosed as osteoarthritis, then you can apply these natural remedies listed below to give you relief, if you so wish.
Heal Your Joint Pain With Fruits And Vegetables
Until recently, dietary treatment for Osteoarthritis had been dismissed as quackery. Now, research shows that diet and nutritional supplements can help many patients. The following are different foods that may provide relief for you.
Pumpkin Seeds: These antioxidant rich seeds are known to ease swelling in the joints as effectively as prescription painkillers. They are also loaded with magnesium that help relieve migraine pain. Snack on a ¼ cup daily to help ease your joint pain.
Pack In Citrus Flavonoids: Studies show that high intake of fruit that contains vitamin C produced lowest incidence of arthritis-causing bone changes, and reduces inflammation as well. Eat a daily of serving of fruits like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, kumquats, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwifruit and strawberries.
Put Color In Your Veggies: Colorful vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash are all full of antioxidants that protect you from inflammatory disease such as osteoarthritis. Try to eat a serving of any of these daily.
Spice It Up: Spices give you even more protection for your joints. Ginger and turmeric both have the compound called curcumin that helps reduce inflammation. They have been shown to work just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Use these spices in your stir-fries and dishes every 2 or 3 days, or eat one or two pieces of candied ginger a day.
Recharge Your Joints With These Supplements
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
This natural supplement gives strength and rigidity to the cartilage that cushions your joints and keeps your bones from rubbing together. They also rebuild damaged cartilage and can bring long-lasting relief to aching knees. Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulfate alters genetic signaling inside cartilage cells, and decreases factors that inflame and destroy cartilage.
If you have doubts as whether this supplements work, stem out these doubts because they do work. There have been lots of positive human studies on glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. The supplement improved pain and mobility in 79 percent of study participants who started with moderate to severe pain.
The recommended therapeutic dose is 1,200 mg. of chondroitin sulfate and 1,500 mg. of glusamine taken once a day. You will have to exercise patience because it takes about three months to get the full effect.
This is a substance found in the movement smoothing fluid in joints. It lubricates and gives viscosity to the joint fluid. Osteoarthritis patients tend to have low levels hyaluronic acid and have to get the injection form of to keep their joints lubricated. Recent findings have concluded that the supplement form works just as well, and enhances the quality of movement for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Suggested intake is 80 mg. a day.
Oil Your Joints And Stop The Squeak
Omega-3 fatty acids and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) are two kinds of oil known to help fight inflammation. Researchers have reported phenomenal reduction in joint swelling and pain when osteoarthritis patients took these oils. You must understand that taking these supplements is a long term strategy for managing arthritis pain and you can begin to feel the effects after 12 weeks, so patience must be the name of the game here.
Omega-3 acids can be found in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, halibut, and mackerel. Omega-3 supplement can also be taken in the dosage of 1,200 mg. a day. GLA can be obtained from evening primrose or borage which can also be taken in capsule form of 500 mg. a day. Improvement is usually seen in about 8 weeks of continued use.
Flood Your Joints With Vitamin D
This "sunshine" vitamin should come first in your list of arthritis fighters because it protects the cartilage and bones in your joints. The evidence points that the lower your vitamin D, the lesser bone density you have and the faster the progression of your osteoarthritis. Vitamin D strengthens cartilage and delays growth of bone spurs, thus slowing osteoarthritis.
This is one vitamin you can get for free, and let’s face it, free things are hard to come by these days so make use of it. Just spend some time each day out in the sun. However, If you live in a colder climate where there is not much sunshine, you can supplement by eating fortified dairy foods. If you decide to use vitamin D supplement, then the recommended dose to ease osteoarthritis pain is 2,000 mg. a day.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) To Help Aching Joints
MSM is a sulfur containing compound present in every cell of the body. This compound is abundant in the joint fluids, which makes it easy for the bones to glide with ease. However, the level of sulfur tends to be low in the joint fluids for people suffering from osteoarthritis.
MSM also reduced the rate of cartilage deterioration and provides significant improvements, less pain, less stiffness and greater mobility. MSM for arthritis is sold as a dietary supplement and are widely available. Recommendation is to start with 1,000 mg. a day, then progress up to 6,000 mg. as needed.
Other Natural Remedies To Ease Pain
Hydrotherapy: Water exercise is pain relieving. Research found that participants with hip or knee osteoarthritis had less pain and less joint stiffness after six weeks of doing water exercises. The key exercises of stretching, strengthening and aerobics have proven to be the most effective and less painful way for arthritis sufferers to exercise because, water exercises make the muscles work harder but the buoyancy eliminates shock and trauma to bones and joints.
It is worth noting that cold water can create more pain, so find the warmest water possible to exercise in. Judge the water temperature by determining if you are chilled or overheated. About ninety-two degrees is considered good water temperature to exercise in.
Wear Magnets For Pain Relief: Research found that a group of people with hip and knee arthritis who wore standard strength magnet containing bracelets for 12 weeks had 45% greater decrease in pain. Another research concluded that magnets in knee wraps reduced pain for people with this debilitating disease.
Seek Physical Therapy: This provides a customized care to relieve the pain depending on how arthritis is affecting your body. Physical therapy employs any one or more combinations of techniques such as manipulation and massage, exercise, body mechanics training, heat or cold therapy, assistive device training, and lifestyle training.
Lose The Weight: Obesity is big factor for osteoarthritis in women. The heavier you are the heavier the risk because it is believed that every pound of weight you carry translates to 3 pounds of extra pressure on the hips and knees. The increase load on the knees and hips can cause the cartilage to break down very fast.
Studies found that overweight women who were able to shed an average of 11 pounds cut the progression of their pain by half.
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