Friday, December 15

Natural Ways to Deal With Arthritis

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Many people, young and old, suffer from arthritis pain. These natural remedies can help to ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

Arthritis is simply the inflammation of a joint. There are many different types of arthritis, which can occur in any of the joints in the body. Most cases of arthritis are characterized by pain, swelling and deterioration of the joint.

Some people find relief by using a cream like Ben-Gay that helps to provide heat to the affected area. There are many different products on the market and you can easily try several of them before you find relief. Here are some other ways of dealing with the pain from arthritis.

Foods that may aggravate arthritic joints.

Tomatoes, eggplant, red and green bell peppers, chili peppers and paprika all can irritate your arthritis. You do not need to give these foods up. If you are feeling achier than usual, avoiding these foods will make you condition better. You can go back to eating them when your arthritis is not as bad. The reason that these foods may aggravate your arthritis pain is because they all contain a chemical called solanine. Solanine has been known to cause inflammation in studies done on animals.

Exercise.

Exercise helps to increase your flexibility and keeps your joints working good. Exercise will also strengthen your body which will help to take the stress off of your joints. Walking and swimming are excellent choices for easy to do exercises that will benefit your body and help keep your arthritis pain manageable.

Vitamin supplements.

Vitamins like C,B6 and E can help to relieve arthritis pain. Calcium, zinc, magnesium and beta-carotene may also be helpful. Before you begin taking supplements, check with your doctor.

Heat.

Applying heat to aching joints can help your soothe your arthritis pain. Whether you take a hot, relaxing bath, use a heating pad or one of the all day heat wraps that you can find in any drug store, using heat can help with the pain.

Bath additives.

Take a bath and add one cup apple cider vinegar and one cup Epsom salts. You can also add some essential oil to this in order to reduce the smell of the vinegar.

Fruits for relief.

Cherries, white grape juice and pineapple juice are all supposed to help reduce inflammation and pain. Try the most natural juices that you can find (without added sugar).

These natural remedies may work on your arthritis pain. Like any other natural remedy, some work and some don’t. Everyone’s pain is different.

Before you become a slave to over-the-counter medications that do not always work, try some of these natural remedies to lessen your arthritis pain.

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