Arthritis treatment: 5 tips for cold weather survival
1. sufficient rest after exercise
2. keep affected areas under wraps
3. plenty of fluids to flush out toxins
4. supplement for arthritis
5. healthy arthritis diet
Now that I have listed the top 5 arthritis treatment tips for cold weather survival let us work in reverse order.
Healthy Arthritis Diet
Arthritis can be a hereditary thing. However, in our country what we eat plays a large role in how our body will respond to certain attacks from outsiders. Because of our lifestyles we can become extremely susceptible to arthritis.
Cold weather and arthritis do not go hand in hand. Foods we eat or don’t eat can play a critical role in how our body will repair itself and fight off arthritis.
These foods should be included on a daily basis for a healthy arthritis diet.
3. cold water fish
4. unsalted nuts and seeds
5. grains and pulses
Supplementation with products the target certain areas of rheumatoid arthritis, gout and even osteoarthritis can greatly influence your pain levels. There are key ingredients you should look for in any good arthritis supplement product.
5. Devil’s Claw
7. Boswellia Serrata Extract
Fluids Flush Out Toxins
In the winter months our water intake usually suffers unless we are consciously thinking about it. Our body is made up of 90% water and we need to make sure and keep those levels up. When we become dehydrated bad things can happen. Therefor any good arthritis treatment strategy will include plenty of liquids including water and juice. Flushing out the toxins as they develop can eliminate pain in your effected arthritic joints.
Keep Arthritic Joints Warm
As the temperatures drop arthritis has a tendency to flair up. I am the worst when it comes to wearing pants or sweats because I love to wear short pants. In the winter my knees will begin to ache so badly that I have troubles sleeping. What I fail to realize is the fact that warm joints are happy joints.
To assimilate warm weather I need to keep my knees covered with pants, sweats or even neoprene knee wraps. If I can keep that joint warm, then the effects of cold weather and arthritis stay in check.
Arthritis Exercises and Rest
Arthritis exercises do plenty of good things for your body. From a health standpoint anyone who is overweight needs to shed pounds off their body which lowers the stress on the joints. Knees and ankles bear the brunt of your unwillingness to keep your weight under check. Any kind of exercise that increases your heart rate will greatly help your arthritis pain not to mention the function of your heart.
When you can increase your heart rate, it will also increase the blood flow in your body. Any type of exercise that increases blood flow without hurting your arthritic joints must be maintained in the winter months. Just like water, the blood can flush out toxins, bring much needed oxygenated blood to the joints and help decrease inflammation providing the effected joint is not being used.
If you find yourself in a lot of pain after exercise don’t be afraid to ice down the effected area. The ice might dull the pain and with plenty
of rest you should recover nicely. However if you experience a lot of pain from a certain type of exercise, try something different. Remember the key here is to get your blood flowing rapidly for an extended period of time. Do whatever it takes to get your blood flowing.
Also, make sure you get plenty of rest each and every day. I know in our fast paced world, it is hard to stop moving but if you don’t get rest your body will make sure you rest up and usually when your body tells you to get more rest there is a consequence associated with it.
These arthritis treatment tips for cold weather have proven themselves for me and many of my friends who also suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Give them a try and see how much your body responds and watch your confidence level increase to levels you have not seen since before you had arthritis.