Arthritis Prevention Tips

Arthritis is a widespread concern and a source of daily pain for many people. A simple program of arthritis prevention for yourself now is just as important as seeking arthritis treatment later.

There is a truthful old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Simple, beneficial lifestyle changes, most of which we all realize we should be living anyway, are an easy, pleasant way to prevent years of unnecessary pain and suffering. This Prevention List contains excerpts of practical tips from Symptoms of Arthritis.com. Please use the link below to read their article in its entirety.

Lose Weight

Being overweight puts a strain on your knees, hips and the balls of your feet…You can continue to loss weight gradually in order to reduce your risk even further, but ten pounds is a good, attainable goal to start with. You can lose pounds by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.

Exercise

Exercise will help you maintain healthy muscle tone and keep weight at a proper level. Light exercise, like leisurely swimming, combats joint swelling and stiffness. Meet with a physical therapist or personal trainer and establish an exercise routine that focuses on strengthening your thigh muscles. After exercising, apply hot and cold therapies and be careful not to overdo it.

Healthy Diet

Proper nutrition aids the body in all of its functions. A healthy diet consists of a balanced proportion of vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products; sugar, salt [We use only sea salt] and saturated fat should be consumed in moderation.

Supplements

Consume the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E, in particular, has been known to help reduce arthritis-related joint pain. [Studies show] carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin found in fruits and vegetables, may reduce the risk of arthritis.

General Tips

• Shift positions regularly to distribute your body weight and reduce joint stiffness
• Talk to a physical therapist to learn how to perform activities without the excessive squatting and bending that damages cartilage.
• Warm up before an exercise session and cool down afterwards
• Rest well after strenuous activity
• Do light aerobics, as well as endurance, strengthening and range of motion exercises on a regular basis
• Practice good posture at all times
• Utilize safety equipment while exercising or playing sports
• Wear a protective brace or splint on previously injured areas
• Use a cane or walking stick as support (1)

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A major factor in the prevention of arthritis is avoiding dehydration.

Being properly hydrated affects a large variety of health issues, as good hydration consistently removes toxins from the body. Toxin removal is important in the prevention of arthritis, but hydration is of specific importance in arthritis prevention due to the fact that cartilage is mostly water. [Click here to read the post on using inexpensive water filters to remove toxins.] Read these excerpts of an explanation of hydration and arthritis prevention from the web article, “What Causes Arthritis?”   Use the link below for the full article.

Using Water for Arthritis Prevention

The toxins can also become trapped in joints & cartilage producing pain. One reason to consider a water filter. As usual, arthritis prevention is easier than curing. So if possible, especially as you head into mature adulthood, make sure that you are fully hydrated.

[This is a great list on increasing your water intake.]

1. Drink ½ to 2/3 of your body weight in pounds, in ounces of water. Weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 to 100 ounces of water a day
2. Drink on an empty stomach whenever you can. Especially mornings, ½ hour before breakfast & 1 hour before meals
3. Add a ¼ tsp sea salt to every quart or two of water, while cutting back on table salt & processed foods.
4. Increase water intake gradually
5. Be patient. It may take weeks or months for your body to start to use the extra water. (2)

(1) Please click here to read the Prevention List in its entirety from Symptoms of Arthritis.com
(2) Please click here to read the What Causes Arthritis article in its entirety.

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