We take the freedom of movement for granted until it becomes limited. The cause of this for many people comes in the form of arthritis or the inflammation of one or more of your joints. There are two main kinds, osteo and rheumatoid, both of which affect the joint in different ways. Osteo arthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone. Rheumatoid is little less straightforward, being caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and that can lead to bone loss.
Arthritis is the most common age-related joint disease characterized by stiffness and restriction of joint movements coupled with pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus are the most common types of arthritis. Arthritis restricts the daily activities of an individual and persists even after a person takes medical treatment. However, conventional medical treatment has many side-effects, and hence it is always good to go the natural way order.
Here are 7 ways to cure arthritis naturally:
1. Get More Magnesium
Magnesium is something our bodies need, but we can’t make it ourselves. It is used in over 300 different biomechanical responses in our body. It relaxes all our muscles and nerve endings, relieving stiffness and pain. It is even part of what makes our heart beat. Not only does it relax muscles and ease the pain (this goes for arthritis pain too, of course) it helps bones to mineralize. A study on magnesium showed that people who had a diet high in magnesium/took supplements had higher bone density and overall stronger bones.
2. Turmeric & Ginger Tea
Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatories and will help with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric, in particular, has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. Also, it lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation which is often causing arthritis.
Physical activity is essential for people with osteoarthritis, whether it means walking around your apartment if you’re a fragile older person or swimming laps if you’re in better shape. People used to think that exercise made arthritis worse, but the opposite is true—unless you’re pounding the pavement. Exercise programs should include both aerobic exercise—like walking, swimming, or biking—and strengthening exercises.
4. Lose Weight
Your weight can make a significant impact on the amount of pain you experience from arthritis. Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints, especially your knees, hips, and feet. Reducing the stress on your joints by losing weight will improve your mobility, decrease pain, and prevent future damage to your joints.
5. Try Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body. This is supposed to reroute energies and restore balance in your body. Acupuncture is the most researched complementary therapy and is recommended by the World Health Organization for treatment of over 100 different conditions.
It is thought that acupuncture can reduce arthritis pain. If you want to explore this treatment method, be sure to find a licensed and certified acupuncturist in your area.
6. Get A Massage
According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion. Work with a physical therapist to learn self-massage, or schedule appointments with a massage therapist regularly. Your massage therapist should be experienced with working with people who have arthritis. Check with your doctor for a recommendation.
7. Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Ditch the fast-food, junk food, fried food, and processed food. A study of rheumatoid arthritis patients found that those who switched to a Mediterranean style-eating plan (think fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, garlic, onions, and herbs) had less inflammation and regained some physical abilities as a result.
Arthritis should never be a reason for a person to feel pain and unable to do the usual things. There are natural ways to combat arthritis and prevent it from occurring. In this post, I shared with you 7 ways to cure arthritis naturally.
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