Winter is Here! Prevent Yourself from Arthritis

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Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. The most common type, osteoarthritis, involves degeneration of the particular cartilage protecting the bone ends within a joint. Without cartilage protection, tendons and ligaments have to work harder, and severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on the bone, causing friction and eventual swelling and inflammation.

As winter is coming the problem of arthritis is going to be worst for older people. There is a 50 per cent spike in the number of senior citizens seeking treatment for bone and joint problems during winter. For many Rheumatoid arthritis patients, pain, swelling, stiffness, fatigue and other common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are harder to control during the winter. Some people feel more joint pain, as the cold weather sets in. There is a 50 per cent spike in the number of senior citizens seeking treatment for bone and joint problems during winter. For many Rheumatoid arthritis patients, pain, swelling, stiffness, fatigue and other common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are harder to control during the winter. Some people feel more joint pain, as the cold weather sets in.

 

7 Natural Ways To Prevent Arthritis

1. Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is known for its exceptional antiseptic properties that help reduce joint pain and swelling. It is also known to increase blood circulation, which brings heat and healing properties to the affected areas. In theory, ginger can reduce the activity of several chemical substances that promote joint inflammation. 

You can drink ginger tea or apply ginger paste on your joints and can also apply a good quality essential oil.


2. Broccoli

 
broccoli


A compound found in broccoli could help prevent or slow the progress of the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease caused by the breakdown of cartilage and bone in joints. It most often affects the hands, feet, spine, hips, and knees. The main symptoms are pain and stiffness. New research in mice shows that the compound sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints.Eating cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage, and particularly broccoli, releases sulforaphane.

3. Eucalyptus

 

Eucalyptus oil makes for the most common herbal treatment for arthritis. The eucalyptus plant leaves contain tannins that may be helpful in reducing swelling and the pain arthritis causes. The aroma of eucalyptus oil is said to have calmative effects on the brain, while the oil relieves you from the pain and swelling in the joints.

 

4. Spinach

spinach

Leafy greens like spinach are full of nutrients, and some of their components may actually be able to help decrease inflammation caused by arthritis.Spinach, in particular, contains plenty of antioxidants as well as plant compounds that can relieve inflammation and help fight disease Spinach is especially high in the antioxidant kaempferol, which has been shown to decrease the effects of the inflammatory agents associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Ajwain

Ajwain acts as a natural aid to arthritis pain due to the presence of anti-inflammatory components. It also contains anesthetic properties that further help in relieving excessive pain during winter. All you need to do is to add a spoonful of carom seeds or ajwain in a tub of hot water and soak your aching joints in the water and sit for 5-10 minutes; this will help ease swelling and pain. Another way is to crush these seeds and make a paste and apply it on the affected areas in order to alleviate the pain. Alternatively, you can drink ajwain water every day.

6. Fatty Fish

A number of studies have found that fish oil supplements or a diet rich in fish oils may be helpful in controlling the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, it’s possible higher intake of fish oil actually reduces the likelihood of developing the disease. Some studies have found that rheumatoid arthritis is less common in places where fish consumption is highest. Fatty fish varieties such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have shown to have potent anti-inflammatory effects.    

7. Ashwagandha

 

Ashwagandha is a multipurpose herb well known to strengthen the body physically and ease arthritis symptoms. Both the ancient Ayurvedic manuscripts and modern scientific research consider it the best remedy for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Ashwagandha has a hot potency that subsides Vata and Kapha and ignites the digestive fire. As a result, nutrients reach the tissues through minute channels called Srotas.


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