If you see large groups of people walking together outdoors in May, there’s a good chance they’re doing it for National Arthritis Month. Arthritis Awareness Month comes around each May, as millions of Americans deal with some form of arthritis and need to know how to treat their various problems.
Arthritis involves inflammation of one or more joints in a person’s body. There are actually more than 100 forms of arthritis, but the one thing they have in common is this: joint pain. And that pain is usually a constant, nagging pain. Walking and general exercise is important for those who suffer from arthritis.
Several things can lead to arthritis, including fractures or other injuries, food allergies, emotional stress, poor digestion, and a diet high in fats.
When you eat a lot of food high in fats, your insides get more acidic. Excess body fat also places extra stress on joints. As you can imagine, fatty foods do not help arthritis.
Other factors that could lead to arthritis include an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in your GI tract, a bacterial or viral infection, or toxic metal accumulation in your system.
Thankfully, there are treatments for arthritis, including special anti-inflammatory diets using certain foods to reduce inflammation in your body and joints. Foods high in sulfur and fiber are good for you. Cruciferous veggies, drinking lots of water, and raw pineapple also help reduce the pain of arthritis.
Besides adjusting a person’s diet, things like reflexology, massage, hydrotherapy and stress reduction activities can aid in alleviating the pain associated with arthritis.
If you’re experiencing arthritis and want help managing the pain, Cindy Crandell, R.N., C.N. and associates can help. Contact Cindy at Forum Health Clarkston today to devise a personalized plan to help you feel better!
Post by Cindy Crandell