If you are a believer of pain being inevitable with age, then you might want to reconsider your belief. In most cases, we ignore our pain, until it gets unbearable. Who likes pain? It’s always better to prevent it before it aggravates. Here are a few lifestyle changes that help:
- Supplements that are popular and effective for easing joint pain and arthritis include:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Found in fish oil and other foods like salmon and tuna, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are great for relieving inflammation and soothing joints. If you aren’t a fish lover like me, then there are fish oil supplements which work just as effectively to serve the same purpose. Your consumption of Omega-3 may not be sufficient enough for your body despite having oily fish like tuna, trout, sardines and herrings. Therefore, supplements are a must. Switch to olive oil instead of corn oil since its high in Omega-3 dosage.
Vitamin D is proven to have been beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis or joint pain. Omega-3 contains vitamin D which makes it all the more better for us.
Since natural glucosamine levels fall as people age, this supplement works best by slowing down the degeneration cartilage in joints and sometimes, even repairing damaged cartilages. However, if you do not feel a difference in three months, then this isn’t working for you and you should resort to other alternatives.
- Green Tea
If you are a tea lover, then you’ll love this. Green tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that improve arthritis-related immune responses and reduce cartilage damage to a great extent.
It is recommended for you to take in 4 cups of green tea a day. We know that that may get monotonous which is why green tea supplements play a significant role here. Switch over to the delicious decaffeinated green tea extracts when you feel the need to.
- Ginger extract or ginger tea
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects help in healing knee pain. And you know what the best part about using this natural remedy is? It curbs pain without having the side effects that are common in medications.
You can use this raw, powdered, cooked in your food or in the form of tea.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Stay Active
Most people believe the myth that exercising worsens the pain. However, a lack of exercise weakens the muscles that support our bones, and thereby increases joint ache and stiffness due to more stress being put on them.
Strength training, cardio exercises, swimming, running and other physical activities help to increase the blood flow which in turn relieves joint pain.
Working out in the water has been proven to improve knee and hip flexibility, aerobic fitness and strength so put on your swimming costumes and head to your nearest pool or beach.
You could also try meditation and deep breathing exercises for pain. However, if pain starts to intensify, then see a physical therapist to develop an exercise plan that’s suitable for you.
- Chamomile tea to the rescue
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile tea works really well for those people who suffer from joint pain or are trying to achieve a no-pain kind of life.
You can brew 4 chamomile tea bags in a cup of hot water and wait for the tea to cool down. Remove the tea bags and soak a clean cloth in the liquid and apply to whichever joint aches.
You could also make yourself a cup of tea and consume one each day to prevent joint aches in the long-run. Do give this delicious tea a shot!
- Cold-hot treatment
This depends from person to person. Some relieve pain through heat packs, whereas others prefer ice packs. For me, heat packs have always worked like magic when it comes to menstrual cramps, joint pains or even muscular sprains.
However, with some people hot and cool switch treatment has been very successful as well. Now you are probably wondering what this even means. What you ought to do is that you keep two containers one filled with hot water and the other with cold water. Starting with dipping your aching joint into the cold water for a minute, then switch over to hot water for 30 seconds. Continue this for 15 minutes and end with a cold compress.
Let us know which one of the three worked out best for you.
- Other everyday habits
- Eat foods that contain turmeric
- Make sure your vitamin C intake is adequate
- Wear correct comfortable footwear
- Quit smoking
- Try acupuncture and acupressure
- Add eucalyptus oil and Borage seed oil to your diet
- Lose weight
It’s never recommended to be overweight. So if you are, then it wouldn’t hurt to shed those extra pounds. Being overweight is a big risk factor for arthritis in the knees, hands and hips. This is due to the stress put on the joints because of the extra fat.
If you suffer from arthritis, joint pains or are just taking precaution for future, then you should resort to anti-inflammatory diets, which means avoiding sugar and omega-6 vegetable oils, and making tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, nuts, fruits like strawberries, cherries and oranges, and fatty fish your best friend.
You can try these remedies one at a time to figure out which works best for you. If lifestyle changes do not make a difference, then medication is the second option. However, if it still does not seem to become better, then visit a doctor for sure, even if you feel the pain is temporary. Take care!