How to Prevent Arthritis

The only individual who should take care of our body is ourselves. Nobody will suffer the consequences of our actions but us; and what better way to do it, is to face the problem head start.

Most people take advantage of their body, thinking probably that he has the key to youth for eternity. But like anyone, nature dictates itself to us. The law of entropy makes itself present as the clock ticks every minute.

Suddenly, we start to complain about our body. We do not feel as strong or as agile as before. We become slower, and joints begin to swell and ache.

Arthritis affect almost everyone, not only those approaching the senior years. With about 100 types of arthritis, it is still unfortunate that a cure has not yet been discovered.

The best and effective way to prevent it, or at slow down its progression, is our commitment to our body. All can directly or indirectly improve health, outlook or pain level, and can generally make life with arthritis a little easier.

The body is our way to express ourselves in the material world. Taking care of it will shy away or at least prevent and lessen the development of the illness caused by age. Having an arthritis will never put smiles on the faces of anyone. So early one, it is better to take the necessary precautions by paying attention and by treating the body right.

Here are some tips to consider to taking care of yourself:

Pay attention to symptoms

The symptoms of arthritis, or at least for the most common ones, is the beginning of stiffness and swelling around one or joint or more. If it is accompanied with pain, it is best you to seek the physician’s diagnosis. Consulting a doctor, can give you the awakening of what your condition truly is.

Learn to start early

Once you have seen a physician and has confirmed that you are suffering from arthritis, learn to address the health concern sooner. The earlier arthritis is diagnosed, the more viable time you have to prevent it from developing and spreading all over the body.

Joints should be protected

How do we protect our joints? Avoid excess stress on your joints. Use larger or stronger joints to carry things. Staying close to your recommended weight also helps relieve damaging pressure on the hips and knees.

Exercise

Say goodbye to couch for awhile and hello to the morning breeze.  Exercising will lessen the pain, increase range of movement, reduces fatigue giving you sense of refreshment after doing it. It perks the body and keeps the body upbeat. Your doctor, a physical therapist, or other health professionals can show you range-of-motion exercises and strengthening exercises that are good for arthritis.

Pick, pour or peel

If you are looking for a tasty healthy treat, reach for an orange – or a tall glass of orange juice. Why perhaps you might ask? Recent research has shown the importance of vitamin C and other antioxidants in reducing the risk of osteoarthritis and its progression.

Another bonus: oranges and other citrus fruits are good sources of folic acid, which can help alleviate the side effects of the arthritis drug methotrexate and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in women who have lupus.

Ask and seek for facts

Spend your time learning more about arthritis. Being knowledgeable about it will help you understand whatever you are undergoing. In the past years, some have established or produced several drugs for arthritis. If you think your current medication is not working for you, you have options to shift to other treatments as long as it is acceptable and with the knowledge of your physician.

Resolve to reduce

Lose weight. You won’t just look better, you’ll feel better, too. Every extra pound you carry around translates to added stress to your knees and hips. Excess weight can mean more pain, no matter which form of arthritis you have. It can also contribute to and aggravate osteoarthritis, while increasing your risk of gout.

Share your story

Talk to your friends, co-workers, and most especially your illness with your family. They are your number one support group. When the mornings and evenings are your enemy, they become your comfort.