Ten tips to help with arthritis pain this winter

Ten tips to help with arthritis pain this winter

Author -  Good Health

Winter is just around the corner and can bring with it the flare up of joint aches and pains. Our naturopaths let us know their top tips for people that suffer arthritis and how they can reduce it’s impact in the upcoming colder months.

Have you ever heard people say, “there’s a storm coming – I can feel it in my bones” or that they don’t like the cold weather because it worsens their arthritis? That’s actually because  changes in barometric pressure affect people’s arthritis (barometric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us).

To put this into perspective, imagine the tissues surrounding your joints as a balloon. High barometric pressure pushes against the body from the outside and stops the balloon (tissues) inside your body from expanding. Arthritis sufferers often feel the drop in barometric pressure because the balloon, or tissues around the joints, inflame & swell, causing pain.

Other than relocating to a tropical island during the winter months, here are some things to consider if you suffer from joint pain…


1. Avoid artificial sweeteners.

Diet coke, the lot.  Believe it or not, this can be the single reason that some people experience joint pain and swelling. Look for drinks that contain no artificial sweeteners, water is always a great option!

2. Soak it up.

Soak in a hot bath with Epsom salts Epsom salts are high in magnesium which helps to relax the body. The effects of the water and heat stimulate circulation that helps to soothe painful joints and reduce inflammation.

3. Watch your weight.

Extra weight places more stress on joints so weight loss can be a huge relief for many once that extra stress is removed.

4. Get active.

Increase your physical activity to get your heart rate up and blood circulation going. This helps to dislodge toxins and remove waste products from your joints. Walking is great, but if you can’t walk then swim or stretch out your isolated muscles.

5. Get out the wheat bag.

Use cold compressors to help reduce swelling and hot wheat packs for other aches and pains.

6. Look to natural herbs.

Rub on anti-inflammatory essential oils like Chamomile, Lavender or herbal liniments like Zen spray or gel.

7. Watch what you’re eating.

Keep away from high sugar and refined carbs (all processed food) and too much red meat. This not only makes your body more acidic but enhances inflammation which will make your joint pain worse. Common foods that are known to aggravate inflammation and arthritis are wheat, dairy and nightshade vege’s (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and bell peppers).

8. Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs where possible

Yes, this includes ibuprofen. They may suppress the pain but the downside is that they also suppress cartilage regeneration and thereby accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis.

9. Try natural supplementation.

There are many natural supplements that help with arthritis. Among the favourites are Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Green lipped mussel or Deer velvet. These help to build back healthy joint tissue. Krill oil, fish oil or Flaxseed oil are all rich sources of omega 3 and help to relieve inflammation. Antioxidants like Resveratrol also help reduce damage to the joints.

Good Health has 2 new products to help: Red Super Krill + Glucosamine, and Glucosamine 1-a-day (1500mg Glucosamine + Chondroitin and other co-factors).

10. Let go of any negative energy.

On a metaphysical level, arthritis can be caused by holding onto anger or resentment and a pattern of constant criticism (of self and/or others). Often, people that indulge in these habits are also cursed with the constant need for perfectionism. It’s important to take a step back and reflect on what it may be that’s causing any resentment. Start small with one positive affirmation each morning along the lines of “I now choose to love and approve of myself. I see others with love”.

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