Arthritis is an umbrella term that covers over 100 different disorders of the joints. With osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the 2 most common forms, approximately 1 in 5, or 22%, of Americans have been diagnosed with varying degrees of some form of the disease.
Regardless of the type of arthritis, the primary concern for those who are afflicted is joint pain. As with any medical condition, the first and most important thing to do is see a physician.
Here are 10 tips to help cope with arthritis.
Get your diet in check; obviously important in terms of giving your body the basic nutrients it needs, its effect on your weight, and the way it influences health, what you eat can also affect arthritis directly. Certain foods, especially in the western diet, can significantly increase inflammation in your body. Red meat, dairy, processed carbohydrates, and fried foods are all terrible for inflammation. Contrarily, pineapples, melons, and oranges along with certain nuts and fish high in omega 3 fatty acids have a calming, anti-inflammatory, effect on the body.