Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The two main symptoms include, joint pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage in your joints wears down over a period of time. Rheumatoid arthritis causes a painful swelling. Affecting the lining of your joints, rheumatoid arthritis can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. Cleansing with an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle can assist arthritic condition and overall health.
Add bromelain to your diet. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps stimulate the production of prostaglandins, which reduce inflammation. It can be taken as a supplement. It is also a natural digestive enzyme in pineapple.
Add essential fatty acids to your diet. They may help generate prostaglandins. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 increase production and activity of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Lose weight. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight will reduce the stress on your weight-bearing joints. This may increase your mobility and limit possible joint injury.
Exercise. Regular low-impact exercise about 3 to 4 times per week can help keep your joints flexible. These include swimming, walking, speed walking, and lifting weights.
Do yoga. Because of the slow, stretching movements associated with yoga, your joints may improve in flexibility and range of motion, which help some types of arthritis.
Drink distilled water everyday. Distilled water is free of chemicals. Ideal daily consumption is half of your body's weight in ounces or up to 100 oz.
Eat a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, especially antioxidants like vitamin E. These are found in fruits and vegetables.
Things You'll Need
Up to 100 oz. of water
Essential fatty acids
Bake, broil, and steam your food to reduce fats in your diet. Frying food may promote inflammation in the body.
Prepare your body for your workout activities. Take enough time to warm up.
Physical challenges are linked to emotional upsets. Arthritis could be linked to anger and rage. Consult a healthcare professional to explore this further.
Essential oils that are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and circulatory stimulants may assist arthritic conditions. Consult with a Certified Aromatherapist for a custom-blended essential oil product and instruction for proper use of essential oils.
You can buy omega-3 fatty acids from your local health food store or on the Internet.
If you are new to yoga, start with a beginner's class or a private one-on-one session for personal attention.
Consult a qualified healthcare professional to fully address arthritis and before starting an exercise program.
Consult a nutritionist on the diet that best supports arthritis and your overall health.
Smoking cigarettes can increase your risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Quitting can reduce your risk.
Modify the intensity of your workout on days when the arthritis flares up.