May is National Arthritis Awareness Month
How are your joints, specifically your knees, hips, lower back, neck, and hands?
If you experience pain, swelling, and stiffness, you are not alone. You may have arthritis. Almost 60 million Americans share your pain or about 25% of all adults. Believe or not, there are over 100 types of arthritis with osteoarthritis being the most common form. You may have also heard about rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus.
Several different factors effect getting arthritis, namely age, obesity, genetics, injuries, or too much or too little physical activity. Basically, the cartilage between the bones wears away. Bone rubbing against bone equals pain and disability! Each step can mean agony, which can affect the quality of life. 1 in 4 people have severe joint pain. Constant pain can lead to fatigue even depression.
Fortunately, there’s a variety of solutions to ease the pain. There are medications to help. As a last result, surgery replaces joints. There are also natural approaches, specifically the three following ways to help reduce inflammation, which plays a role in arthritis.
- Try losing weight. Excess weight increases inflammation, and losing weight will decrease the pressure on joints, especially the knees.
- Maintain daily physical activity. Moving reduces stiffness. As they say, use it or lose it. Simply taking a short walk every day may alleviate pain and stiffness.
- And finally eat a healthy diet. This is where I can help you. Protect your health with anti-inflammatory foods. There’s not any one or a handful of magic foods. Just eat a healthy diet loaded with antioxidants, consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, spices, and fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna. It’s similar to the Mediterranean diet. Limit the amounts of added sugars, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and saturated fats.
To find relief from arthritis from diet I recommend my new cookbook, The Easy Arthritis Diet Cookbook. It contains 75 anti-inflammatory recipes to manage symptoms. From flavorful breakfasts and tasty snacks to tempting main dishes and natural desserts, there’s something for everyone to improve well-being!
Best of all, half of the recipes are 5 ingredients or less. Most of them take 30 minutes from start to finish, and many of them are all in 1 pot. Many of the recipes are vegetarian and vegan. The recipes have the person with arthritis in mind, so there’s not a lot of prep or standing time in the kitchen. Basically, the recipes are quick, easy, low-calorie and healthy.
Each recipe contains nutrition information to let you know why ingredients are healthy. There’s also tips after the recipes to offer ideas for more success.
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