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How To Live Your Best Life With Arthritis

 If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, then you know how much discomfort it brings and how it can prevent you from performing even the simplest tasks. It can even get difficult to put on a shirt when the pain gets overwhelming, but you are not alone. According to the CDC, over 54 million adults have arthritis ranging from acute to chronic. Medical experts advise that you take care of yourself and try to continue having a normal semblance of life. But how can you do so when the pain becomes overbearing? And what methods can you use to better manage your arthritis? Take a look at these suggestions below.


Exercise

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When you have any joint pains, you might not want to move around as much as possible. But it might be a better option to remain active because it would help relieve your immediate symptoms. Your exercises do not have to be high impact. Instead, take it slow and easy. You can take a walk, go bike riding, or even try swimming. You can also try lifting light weights. Ensure that you stretch during warm-ups and cool-downs to protect your joints. These exercises are designed to keep your muscles healthier. 


Medical professionals advise also opting for flowing exercises like Yoga to release tension and free up your joints. Studies show that tai chi helps to relieve chronic joint pain. However, before you take up exercising, consult with your doctor. Additionally, if you feel any pain during your exercise, it would be better to stop and reach out to your doctor. 


Supplements

After an official arthritis diagnosis, whether it is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor might prescribe some supplements to make life easier for you. Some of these supplements, like Glucosamine Chondroitin, calcium, and vitamin D3, can provide extra relief for the pain. Ensure that you discuss going on supplements with your doctor before starting a course to avoid any allergies, drug interferences, and side effects. Alternatively, you can try out some more natural supplements like ginger, turmeric, and green tea, which you can include in your everyday diet. 


Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Although research has not concluded the relationship between diets and arthritis, you must have a healthy balanced diet. Ideally, most of your meals should include anti-inflammatory foods like certain fish. The omega-3 fatty acids have joint pain-relieving properties. You must also include lots of fruits and vegetables, which are chock filled with antioxidants. Additionally, include whole grains like brown rice and oats, which can lower inflammation levels in your body. 


Shed a Few Pounds

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Most people who have arthritis are often overweight or obese. The fatter cells you have, the more likely you are to have higher inflammation. Adding pounds puts more weight on your joints, so when coupled with arthritis, the pain can get debilitating. Losing some weight would reduce your complications and increase your chances of living pain-free. 


Arthritis can be painful, but it should not mean that you have to put your life on hold. With these few tips, you can start enjoying your best life while living with arthritis. 


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