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Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 children and 50 million adults suffer from one type of arthritis or another. It occurs more frequently among older people, and women are at a higher risk.
The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include:
• Decreased range of motion
There are over 100 different types of arthritis, The four important categories: degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis, and metabolic arthritis.
Following are the natural treatment options to reduce inflammation and ease arthritic symptoms.
Despite concerns that aerobic and strengthening exercises may exacerbate joint symptoms in those with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, research indicates otherwise. In fact, exercise actually helps to increase blood flow, bringing in nutrients and expelling waste.
Stretching, strengthening, and aerobic activity not only help you fight through stiffness, but also increase muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Tai chi, in particular, has been shown to maintain and improve health and relieve pain. Arthritis foundations all over the world are supporting tai chi as a natural and effective treatment option.
This is especially important for those suffering from osteoarthritis as being overweight can lead to more joint pain and disability. Maintaining a healthy weight can lighten the load that is placed on your hip joints and knees.
There is also evidence that excess body weight is a risk factor for the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
About 70% of people with osteoarthritis experience sleep disturbances that can range from waking up earlier than desired to problems falling or staying asleep.
Pain can be a cause of these sleep disturbances, but it may work both ways. Researchers suggest that a poor night’s sleep can make it more difficult to cope with pain the next day, which can turn into a nasty cycle of poor sleep and pain magnification.
All types of arthritis involve inflammation. This can exacerbate symptoms, making it difficult to cope with pain. And remember, it also negatively affects your bones.
To combat this, Add the following three anti-inflammatory heavy hitters to your diet. They are boron, ginger, and turmeric. And you should seriously consider fish oil too.
One of the benefits of boron is that it has plenty of anti-inflammatory properties and has shown promising results when it comes to controlling inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and bone mineral density.
Boron does this by limiting the release of certain chemicals that leak into your joints causing the swelling and pain you may experience.
Ginger contains phenolic substances called gingerols. 6-Gingerol is the active component of ginger and has anticancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also been studied in Arthritis and Rheumatology to reduce knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
Turmeric is an ancient spice traditionally used in Indian and Ayurvedic medicine. Recently, it’s proven its therapeutic value in thousands of studies on human diseases. More than 600 diseases to be precise!
Curcumin, the active agent in turmeric, boosts antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, a study published in The Journal of Oncogene showed that curcumin is more potent than NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen when it comes to suppressing inflammation and blocking the process of tumor cell proliferation.
In other words, it can relieve inflammation and pain safely and naturally compared to over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil are proven to be a natural treatment for many diseases.
Researchers found positive therapeutic results for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, and even migraines. The two key omega 3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and while each has its own special beneficial effects, they both reduce cellular inflammation.
Omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil have been shown to have therapeutic effects on rheumatoid arthritis.