7 Insanely Straightforward Drugless Ways To Prevent Osteoarthritis Getting Worse (Today)
I think you will agree with me when I say:
Apart from prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs, doctors can often offer little else that will prevent osteoarthritis from getting worse.
Well, it may surprise you, there are some drugless measures to halt the progression of arthritis.
In fact, these same strategies have helped hundreds of my clients halt the regression of their osteoarthritis.
And I should point something out:
These approaches are safe and straightforward to implement.
Let’s dive right in.
1. Keep Well Hydrated
We all know that drinking water is essential for the health of our bodies.
From a physical point of view, water is vital for the proper functioning of joints and muscles.
But how much water should we be drinking?
My rule of thumb is that when you go for a pee, your urine should have a slight yellow colour.
In other words, if your urine is too dark or too clear you are not drinking the right amount of water.
Does coffee count?
Coffee will wreck your hydration because the caffeine acts as a diuretic.
An interesting fact:
1 cup of coffee equals 2 cups of water.
So if you drink coffee, you will have to drink extra water to counter the effects of the caffeine.
2. Limit Inflammatory Foods
Like poor hydration inflammation in the body can affect how well your joints and muscles work.
Inflammation in the body can often originate from the foods we eat.
Avoiding or limiting these foods can help reduce body inflammation and in turn, help your joints and muscles.
Common inflammatory foods include:
- Refined flours
- Artificial additives, flavours and sweeteners.
- Processed sugar such as beet or cane sugar
- Industrial Seed Oils such as corn, canola or soy oil.
What are better food choices for my arthritis?
I suggest eating more vegetables, good fats (such as coconut oil) and some high-quality protein.
3. Lose Excess Pounds
It goes without saying that carrying extra weight will put more strain on joints and muscles.
So if you are carrying any extra pounds losing weight is going to help.
But how do I lose weight if I cannot exercise?
In my over 20 years of treating clients, losing weight is less about exercise and more about what you eat.
In my experience, if you can lower your carbohydrate intake plus follow the above low inflammatory diet above all things being equal, this approach should help you shed the pounds.
4. Avoid High Impact Exercise
Exercise is essential for keeping your muscles toned and for reducing your stress.
However, an exercise that puts a lot of pressure on your joints is not suitable if you have osteoarthritis.
If you have osteoarthritis, consider trying a low impact exercise such as cycling and swimming.
5. Optimise Your Nutrition Levels
Have you ever been told that you were low in a nutrient following a blood test?
Did you know that low nutrient levels can lead to muscle and joint problems?
If you do have osteoarthritis, then it is crucial that you ensure that you have optimal nutrition stores in your body.
The key word here is optimal.
Most doctors will tell you that your nutrient levels are within a normal range.
Rather than accepting that this level is sufficient, look at your results and ensure that your figures are more towards the higher end of normal.
What nutrients are important?
In my clinical experience, the three most relevant to nutrients to check are B12, iron and vitamin D.
6. Manage Your Stress
You may ask what does stress have to do with osteoarthritis.
Just like some foods can cause inflammation in the body, so can chronic or long term stress.
In today’s world, we are all besieged by many different types of stress. It is impossible to avoid.
So, the best we can hope for is to manage our stress.
Although there are many different strategies you can try to manage your stress, I find the one I consistently recommend is to find time to nurture yourself.
Nurturing yourself means doing something that is for only you and that you enjoy.
I enjoy learning new skills that will help me in my work and spending time with people who inspire me.
What things nurture you?
7. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is not only essential to ensure you have energy, but it also allows the body to regenerate and repair.
There are some medical reasons why you may not be sleeping well, but that being said, there are some basic sleep hygiene strategies that can help a restful night:
- Try to be in bed with the lights off by 10:30 pm latest.
- Avoid using electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed.
- Avoid eating a large meal at least 2 hours before going to bed.
Did I Miss Anything?
Now I would like to hear from you:
Which strategy from today’s post are you going to try first?
Or maybe I did not mention one of your favourite ways to prevent osteoarthritis from getting worse.
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.