Winter can exacerbate arthritis symptoms, leading to increased pain and swelling.
A new study published in the journal Nutrients analyzed several foods that have anti-inflammatory properties to assess their effect on arthritis symptoms. Mediterranean, vegetarian and ketogenic foods reduce inflammation. A common feature of these anti-inflammatory foods is the preference for fruits and vegetables. These foods are rich in antioxidants, which reduce inflammation and provide many health benefits.
It is also beneficial to avoid inflammatory foods such as red and white meat.
Highly processed foods containing sugar or salt can worsen inflammation.
People with high cholesterol are also more likely to have osteoporosis.
Lowering cholesterol levels can relieve the symptoms of this type of arthritis.
Some foods, such as oily fish, have cholesterol-lowering and anti-inflammatory properties.
The British Food Association (BDA) recommends that people with arthritis eat oily fish once a week or take fish oil supplements. Another diet that affects arthritis is your overall weight.
Excess fat increases inflammation and excess weight puts more pressure on the joints, increasing pain.
Changes in your eating habits can help you lose weight.
The BDA recommends that regular exercise along with a healthy diet be the best way to reduce joint pain if you are overweight.
The NHS recommends maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Excess or incorrect type of exercise can aggravate the symptoms, so they recommend consulting your doctor to determine the right type and amount of exercise.
Trying different methods like warming and cooling will also help you not to injure yourself.
Exercising properly and often can reduce pain, prevent stiffness and increase your range of motion.
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