10 Tips to Support Arthritis Naturally

Arthritic conditions affects over 120m in the EU alone and can have an extremely debilitating effect on lives.  Not only is support to sufferers key but also following the tips below could help prevent the onset.  For more information on World Arthritis Day please visit: http://worldarthritisday.org/

Here are The Gut Life top ten tips for supporting arthritic conditions naturally – it’s about reducing inflammation by both cutting things out and adding things in.

  1. Increase SMASH fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring). They are a rich source of omega-3 fats which can be anti-inflammatory in nature.  Vegetarian sources include chia seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts

  2. Cut down on animal proteins and increase vegetarian proteins (lentils, beans, chickpeas etc). Red meat in particular can be inflammatory in arthritic conditions

  3. Experiment cutting out dairy and gluten one at a time and see if your symptoms improve. Dairy and gluten are two common food groups that many suffer an intolerance to – this can cause inflammation in the body and exacerbate arthritic symptoms

  4. Reduce/eliminate other inflammatory foods – the main offenders being alcohol, sugar and hydrogenated fats

  5. Avoid nightshade vegetables – tomatoes, aubergine, peppers, potatoes, goji berries, okra – this group of veg can aggravate the pain in arthritis

  6. Include high antioxidant containing fruit and vegetables into your diet – berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries as well as plums and oranges and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale

  7. Take a good quality probiotic (At least 5bn live microorganisms) – adding in good bacteria to the gut can reduce inflammatory markers and potentially reduce the progression of arthritis

  8. Add in sulphur containing foods eg. onion, garlic, asparagus, cabbage, eggs, legumes, cruciferous veg (as above) as sulphur contains a form of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) that can assist in reducing joint inflammation and helps rebuild your tissues

  9. Add anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger to meals or drinks. Both can be added to smoothies, soups, stews and try adding turmeric to scrambled eggs or mild curries

  10. Exercise! Certain types of exercise can limit pain and help maintain motility. Losing those few extra pounds through exercise can also help reduce the load on the joints. In particular it is important to keep muscles strong to help support the arthritic joints. As well as strength and resistance work, aerobic exercise such as swimming can often be tolerated quite well by arthritis sufferers

For more tailored support, please contact me via jane@thegutlife.com or 07841 104355

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