Q&A Health – Painful, Stiff Joints

Q: : I have really painful, stiff joints – what can I do to help?

A: Damage to joints is extremely painful and can lead to long-term conditions such as arthritis but there are steps you can take to keep your joints healthy and mobile.

Keep moving! – Even a very short walk has benefits. Staying active increases strength and flexibility in the joints and muscles.

Drink water – Cartilage is lubricated by fluid which is 60% water so it’s essential to keep hydrated. Drinking more water reduces pain caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout.

Good diet – Eating inflammatory foods such as sugar, dairy, saturated fats and meat can aggravate joint pain whilst foods that are anti-inflammatory such as fruit, vegetables and whole-grains can help to prevent it.

Remember protein – Muscles support your body weight! There’s no need to go to the gym, simple weight-bearing exercises and eating good protein can do the trick.

Reduce stress – Try mindfulness and deep breathing to help soothe the nervous system. Herbal remedies like Stress Relief by Bioforce will help relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Herbal remedies – If you suffer from conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, try atrosan tablets to soothe joint pains and always remember arnica gel can bring relief.

For further help and health advice, please contact:
Natural Food Store
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01603 613228

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