If you have arthritis, as I do, then you will always be interested in the latest research or even old wives tales, on how to stem the pain that seems to creep into your joints every time it is going to rain or there is a cold snap.
As an aside, I read recently where some medical researchers’ claim that joints getting sore when rain is imminent has no medical basis what-so-ever although they do say it can temporarily cause it to hurt more. Well, all my old arthritic mates at the gym agree to disagree on this one. My joints, and theirs, are like an in-built weather bureau only a bit more accurate. You can go here to read The Truth About Arthritis and Weather.
We all know there is no cure for arthritis at the moment but some things will ease the symptoms and relieve the ongoing pain so here is something for all you sufferers out there that will either ruin the placebo effect you are getting from some of the well-intended so-called cures or put some favourite foods you may have cut out back on your plate because you may have been convinced they were on the arthritis banned list.
This article from Healthline that I came across recently with the headline Eliminating Tomatoes and Other Food Myths about Arthritis is what I am referring to and is well worth a quick read if you are suffering from inflammation and arthritic pain in your joints. It covers most of the old favourites and dispels many of the myths that abound about joint pain.
So if gin-soaked raisins are one of your favourites, I would say keep having them as a treat (I love them) but they are not going to fix your arthritic problem especially after the effect of the gin wears off. All you will end up with is a throbbing head.
And the good news for all you Italian food lovers is, tomatoes are back in the good books and drinking vinegar first thing in the morning is off the list – I never could come at that one. Vinegar is for salads and pickling onions.
My best advice is to eat a balanced diet, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, cut back on red meat, alcohol, and severely limit processed foods. Watch your weight especially if you are having joint problems, and get plenty of regular exercise – and always remember, if you want to keep moving you have to keep moving.
Motion is the lotion.
And just before I go let me tell you about a conversation I had with one of my old mates at the gym recently when the subject of Arthritis came up, as it often does.
I know, we could have picked something far more interesting to talk about like (never mind, we are not going there) but it reminded me of this quote from Dr Even Osar; “Osteoarthritis, more accurately described as degenerative joint disease, is just one manifestation of poor movement strategies and is not simply a process of getting older.”
That conversation prompted me to update this article about The Latest Arthritis Treatments, and guess what one of my best ideas, apart from diet and lifestyle, for the long term relief of arthritis is……well, you will just have to read it to find out.
Stay well – cheers – John – your Active Ageing Mentor and Coach.
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P.P.S. If you would like some exercises to help with your arthritis then the video in this article is an ideal 15 minute over 55’s workout which is low impact and easy to do as part of your anti-ageing exercise program. It is low impact and can be done in the comfort of your own lounge room.
Check it out here: Exercises for over 60’s – Anti-Aging Exercises for Baby Boomers.