Living With Arthritis

Everyday the lives of millions of people world wide are affected by Arthritis, a condition that damages the bodies’ joints and is almost impossible to completely cure. Sufferers will endure pain, especially in their hands or whilst walking, that is caused by inflammation around the joints and joint damage as a result of the condition.

rheumatoid arthritisIn the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, a type of arthritis in which the bodies’ immune system attacks and breaks down its own body tissue, it is difficult to completely prevent the onset of the condition.

As with almost all illnesses, the general condition of your body can be an important factor in the fight to prevent arthritis – so healthy eating and regular exercise are vital.

You can complement your physical efforts by taking a variety of supplements. A great place to start is topping up your levels of vitamins B, C, D and E – which all have a part to play in easing the effects of arthritis.

Vitamin B for example will help top up reserves of a vitamin that is often lacking in Arthritis sufferers and is vital for the manufacture of protein in your body.

Vitamin C aids the production of collagen, an essential component of joints. Studies have found that people who have a high vitamin C intake face significantly less risk of their arthritis worsening.

Other supplements that can play an important role include calcium, which has long been recognised as a vital player in keeping your joints and bones strong and healthy.

Products such as glucosamine tablets are also useful allies in the battle against arthritis, helping to improve the mobility of joints and relieve pain associated with joint movement.

omega 3 fatty acidsIt is also important to ensure your diet includes lots of foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, seeds and soy based products.

Fatty acids are a type of fat that your body needs but unfortunately does not produce itself, so must be taken from your food.

Reliable studies have shown that by insuring your diet contains Omega-3 fatty acids, you can help to reduce symptoms and pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

There are also many simple techniques to making living with the condition more bearable.

It is often the most mundane of tasks, that you complete everyday without a second thought, that arthritis sufferers can find almost impossible – removing lids from jars, brushing your teeth and cooking in general can become painful activities.

Finding a properly trained physical therapist can be a great help in the treatment of arthritis.

They will help you modify the way you complete daily tasks that you would not have thought twice about in the past, to make them more comfortable and pain free.

This can cover techniques such as implementing hand exercise plans, installing handles in your home and car to make moving around them easier or cutting out certain movements that place more stress on your joints.