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Arthritis - Top 5 Must Do’s To Kick The Pain and Stiffness

Hydrate.

  • Find it hard to drink enough water? Here are some ideas to get it in you.
    • Have water around you all the time.  At home, have a jug of water out on the table so that every time you walk past it, you have some.
    • If you’re out on the go all day, keep some water bottles with you, or in your car (ideally not plastic ones).
  • Don’t like the taste?
    • Try it cold, keep some water in a closed glass container in the fridge at all times.
    • Add some fresh lemon or lime to your water. Even try cucumber, mint, and or a variety of fruit such as berries.
  • Drink one tall glass of water first thing when you wake up daily.

Move Your Body! Do it Often.

  • Get off your butt often! And when you’re stuck on your butt, keep shifting your posture around.
  • Motion is Lotion. Have a daily mobility routine.  It causes the synovial lining of the joint to produce new synovial fluid; which is the lubricating oil and nutrition for the joint.
  • Chiropractic is Key here, Chiropractic will help lubricate those rusty hinges and help you gain leaps and bounds with your mobility.

Eat Clean Food

  • Your tissue and joint quality is directly related to the quality of the food you eat and drink.
  • Foods with an ingredients list of numbers and things you don’t recognise are not nourishing.
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.  Make them your snacks to increase consumption.
  • No refined sugar
  • Limit grains that have not been prepared properly (soaked or fermented, such as genuine sourdough bread - note that most store bought sourdough is not genuine, do your homework)
  • Daily Bone Broth is a great way to get a hit of nourishment for your body.  It is my “multivitamin”.  Just try making it, it’s much simpler than it seems.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

  • Don’t stress about the things you can’t control.  It will unnecessarily increase your cortisol hormone levels and therefore inflammation, which in turn will flare up your arthritis.

Supplement Nutrients During Transition

  • The goal is to get all the good stuff from your food.  This is a work in progress.  As you transition to improved clean eating, supplement in some key nutrients that will help reduce your inflammation.  These include:
    • Fish Oil (Omega 3 Fats come naturally from fish, and also from the fat of wild and pasture raised animals - Not grain fed animals)
    • Vitamin D (naturally from the sun and cod liver oil)
    • Curcummin (naturally from Tumeric, add it to your food in cooking or drinks)