On going stress levels exacerbate the chances of the formation of arthritis.
Signs That You May be Suffering from Osteo Arthritis can be:
- Joint pain
- Swelling or tenderness in one or more joints
- Stiffness joins after sleeping or sitting
- Increased pain and inflammation after use of the affected joint
- Hearing a crunching feeling or sound of bone rubbing on bone when the affected joint is used
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis can be:
- Pain and stiffness lasting for more than 1 hour in the morning or after a long rest
- Joint inflammation in the joints closest to the hand, such as wrist and fingers, although the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and feet can also be affected
- Symmetrical pattern of inflammation, meaning that both sides of the body are usually affected at the same time
- Fatigue, an occasional fever, and a general feeling of not being well.
Arthritis: Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis
What is the difference between the two?
Arthritis and Osteoarthritis (OA) are often referred to as the arthritis of “wear and tear”. This form is most commonly experienced in the hands, hips knees and spine. It happens as the cartilage, that is found on the extremities of bones wears out or breaks down. As a result the end of the bone where this is happening, thickens, changes shape, and causes pain and possible damage to the surrounding soft tissue.
Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks normal joint tissues, causing inflammation of the joint lining. This can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth, and redness. The affected joint may also lose its shape, which brings about loss of normal movement. RA has active periods of pain and inflammation when the symptoms flare up and inactive periods.
In both cases, prevention is better than cure. Keeping physically mobile, eating correctly, losing weight if required and reducing stress levels can all go a long way to help minimise the impact of diseases that can literally become crippling. Anti-inflammatories and cortisone therapies are our final resort. Research has even shown that there use is sometimes needed especially when pain control becomes unbearable.
The products listed below have shown to be beneficial over the years.
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Sally T. Omega 3
Anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 are well documented. Initially high dosages needed to be used for 6 – 8 weeks. This could be as high as three of the large capsules/day. After this time dosage can be reduced to a maintenance dosage of 1 caps/day or as required.
Though experts have not worked out a specific diet for those who suffer from OA, there are some basic healthy eating points that do apply.
- Eat in such a way that it facilitates weight loss. If you are overweight, just losing a few kilograms can make a huge difference to your health and your sense of wellbeing. Eat smaller portions, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, and eat lots of fresh vegetables.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are often full of anti-oxidants. In some cases, the anti-oxidants have also been known to reduce inflammation like those found in apples, onions, shallots, and strawberries Increasing your intake of Omega 3 will also help to reduce inflammation. This can be done by having two 3-ounce servings of fish each week. Some of the best sources are trout, salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna, and sardines.
- Oleocanthal, a compound in olive oil, has been found to help prevent inflammation. The highest amount of oleocanthal is found in the oils with the strongest smell. You would need to have 3 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil to attain the same relief as 200 mg of ibuprofen. But that equals about 400 calories! That is far too much to add to your diet so rather substitute other fats and oil with olive oil when cooking. Eating foods rich in vitamin C is a great way to help your body enhance its collagen and connective tissue Citrus fruits, red peppers, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, and kale are all good sources. Women should eat about 75 mg a day and men, 90 mg a day.
- Inflammation in the body can also be caused by foods cooked at high temperatures, such as grilled or broiled meats. Not cooking using these methods will reduce the levels of the chemicals that are released when cooked in this way. Not eating processed foods also will help, as they are often cooked at high temperatures.