We would all love to age gracefully. However, our bodies don’t always seem to want to cooperate. ibuprofen gel For most of us, osteoarthritis starts to creep in when we hit our forties, although many of don’t admit this fact until we reach our fifties or sixties, and that’s when almost all of us want some osteoarthritis pain relief.
While it may be near impossible to completely stop the onset of osteoarthritis, it is certainly possible to greatly reduce its progression and significantly reduce the symptoms.
Managing osteoarthritis pain is one of the primary secrets to aging gracefully because it keeps us active and youthful in spirit.
Below, you will find 3 tips for osteoarthritis pain relief:
- Lose Ten Pounds Or More
Losing weight will give you instant
osteoarthritis pain relief
. If you want to physically experience what a difference ten pounds can make, the next time you’re at the grocery store, purchase a 10 pound bag of potatoes. Once you’re home, place that bag of potatoes around your neck or over your shoulders and try walking around with this extra weight.
You should be able to easily feel the difference the extra weight makes in your joints. Standing still, the 10 pounds will add ten pounds of pressure to your hips and knees. However, as you start to walk, you will feel that pressure going up. At a regular walking pace, your joints will feel an extra pressure of 3 pounds for every 1 pound you add.
Therefore, a 10 pound bag of potatoes will feel like 30 extra pounds of pressure on your joints. As you walk even faster, your joints will feel up to 5 pounds of extra pressure for every 1 pound you add.
This means that just 10 pounds can feel like 50 pounds on your joints!
Take Glucosamine Supplements and/or Eat Glucosamine Rich Foods
Glucosamine is an amino sugar made up of glucose and glutamine. It is found in the synovial fluid between the joints and helps to maintain and repair cartilage as well as other supporting tissues.
Since osteoarthritis involves the break down of cartilage in your joints leading to the direct mechanical grinding of your bones, glucosamine has proven quite effective at giving osteoarthritis pain relief.
The foods highest in glucosamine are parsley and spinach and they provide the best benefit if eaten raw.
Therefore, tabouli and spinach salads are an excellent food choice for those who suffer with osteoarthritis. Two other good food sources for glucosamine are animal cartilage and bone marrow. Caribbean soups made with pigs feet, for example, contains high levels of glucosamine. On days that you do not get enough glucosamine in your diet, you can take a glucosamine supplement.
There are actually several forms of glucosamine supplements you can purchase.
These include glucosamine sulfate, n-acetyl glucosamine, and glucosamine hydrochloride. Glucosamine hydrochloride is the form that is most easily digested by the body but any of these forms should help.
In fact, you can purchase glucosamine supplements that mix these various forms to cover all your bases.
Be careful if you have a shell fish allergy though as most glucosamine supplements are made from the shells of clams and oysters. If you have a shellfish allergy, find a synthetic supplement but note that food sources like parsley and spinach will serve you better.
Also, if you have type 2 diabetes, note that recent research suggests that some glucosamine supplements can exacerbate your insulin resistance.
Therefore, if you have type 2 diabetes, you are far better off sticking to the natural food sources of glucosamine that do not cause these problems.
Increase Your Natural MSM Levels
MSM, short for methyl sulfonylmethane, has been shown in several studies to reduce joint inflammation in those suffering from osteoarthritis. People taking MSM in clinical studies often report feeling less stiff and more limber. MSM is often added glucosamine supplements, but in this form, it is derived from a chemical called DMSO, short for dimethyl sulfoxide, that has several known negative side effects.
For this reason, it is best obtain MSM from food. The good news is MSM is found in almost every raw fresh vegetable and many fruits as well.
The bad news is that once these vegetables and fruits are processed, the MSM is usually destroyed. Therefore, in order to increase your natural MSM levels, you need to eliminate or very significantly curtail eating processed foods.
Instead, concentrate on eating organic vegetables and fruits in their raw form or cooked very lightly. Instead of buying so called “healthy” frozen diners containing spinach, buy fresh spinach and make a fresh spinach salad or very lightly saute this fresh spinach in a teaspoon of organic olive oil.
Hint: Cook the spinach for only about a minute until it turns bright green and not so long that it turns dull green or brown.
Instead of buying a can of peaches, buy fresh peaches and eat them raw. Fruit found in yogurt is highly processed. So, buy plain yogurt instead and add your own fresh fruit.
Berries, including blueberries and strawberries, are a particularly good choice. Instead of picking up dinner in the fast food drive-thru, stop by a local co-op grocery store and buy some of their delicious kale salad, tabouli, or other healthy options.
Better yet, buy some of their organic produce and make your own!