Our body works like machine. without proper care and nutrition, all the parts, overtime, will get wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is the result of such”wear and tear”—an inflammation of a joint or joints. As the most common type of arthritis, it affects more than 25 million North Americans.Osteoarthritis can be either from aging, obesity or repetitive use. Therefore, change lifestyle and switch to certain foods will prevent the onset or worsening of osteoarthritis.
Ways to change lifestyle:
—lose weight if you are overweight: the pounds you shed off will take away the stress on the affected joints
—regular light exercises: it strengthens the surrounding muscles, so as to protect and support the joints and maintain joint mobility . swimming, walking, light weight training are highly suggested by doctors.
—avoid intense activities: those activities will further injure the joint cartilage.
Also,dietary changes that can also make a difference:
—–try fish or nuts that contain Omega-3 fatty acids: salmon, trout, sardines, walnuts, flaxseeds etc. Omagea-3 fatty acids are potent inflammation fighters, in turn, they will lower the chance of osteoarthritis.
—foods rich in anti-oxidants: mainly fresh veggies and fruits(like citrus fruits, raspberries, strawberries, bell peppers and broccoli). antioxidants heals inflammation. Without joints inflammation, osteoarthritis won’t bother you.
—Peanut butter: The key to peanut butter is its Vitamin B3 (niacin) content, which improve joint flexibility and reducing inflammation.
—Carrots: carrots is packed with Beta-carotene , it helps destroy free radicals which cause excessive damage to joints.
—Spices: Some spices have anti-inflammatory effects, too. Among the best choices are ginger and turmeric.
—Green tea:Try having a nice cup of green tea to quiet your osteoarthritis symptoms. green tea slow the chemicals and enzymes that lead to cartilage damage.