Arthritis


Diet and lifestyle can have a significant impact on the health of the joints. The following guidelines are simple measures that can help improve general health and well-being in arthritis sufferers.
  • Improve your general well being by eating a balanced diet including fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.1
  • Eat foods rich in omega‐3 Fatty Acids. They help to reduce inflammation within the joints. The best sources of omega‐3 Fatty Acids are cold water fish such as salmon and tuna, linseeds and linseed (flaxseed) oil, walnuts and foods fortified with omega‐3 such as eggs and margarine.1
  • Avoid eating too much saturated fat, found in all animal foods, as these can trigger inflammation.2 Increasing plant based foods into your diet will help decrease the amount of animal foods you consume.
  • Add foods with natural anti‐inflammatory effects to the meals such as ginger and turmeric.3
  • Maintain a healthy weight. It will help reduce stress on the weight bearing joints, such as the knees and hips and may improve mobility.4
  • Warm water exercise (hydrotherapy) is particularly helpful to help improve muscle strength and increase mobility and flexibility.5
  • Keep a food diary for a month or longer and note any arthritic flare ups during this time. This may highlight what food or foods are making your arthritis worse.
  • Take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement as nutritional insurance to meet your body’s nutrient needs. This may help reduce the risk of many health problems including fatigue, lowered immunity and impaired cognitive function.6

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