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Small Changes Add Up for Arthritis Sufferers

By Donna Stark

If you are saving for a fabulous new furniture set, every little bit helps. And if you are trying to be as patient as you can with your teenage child, every little bit helps again. What is the little bit? Well, it doesn't really matter what it is. It could be money, patience, or even healthier lifestyle habits. All that does matter is that it helps in the end. And for those living with arthritis, there is no better little bit than a healthy diet and daily exercise.

Small Changes for a Better Life

Sadly, there is no magic diet or fitness plan that will make the pain from your arthritis disappear. But that doesn't mean there is no hope for improvement. If you are looking for relief, paying better attention to your diet and your exercise habits could be a step in the right direction. Take a look.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids - You may have heard a thing or two about omega-3s and improved heart health, but have you heard how beneficial they can be for those suffering from arthritis? Loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits, they can have a positive effect on how you feel. Look for them in salmon, walnuts, soybeans, and flaxseed.
  • Cruciferous vegetables  - Cruciferous vegetables contain anti-inflammatory properties too along with Vitamin C. The next time you are at the store, fill up on broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.
  • Fruits - There are a ton of options to consider when it comes to adding more fruit to your diet but you'll want to make sure the fruits you choose contain anti-inflammatory properties as well. Try to eat cherries, berries, grapes, citrus, and avocados every day.
  • Exercise - You may think it is better to skip exercise completely when in pain, but when suffering from arthritis, you have got to move it or you may end up losing it. Your best bet is to work with your doctor or local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic to develop an exercise plan that takes all your needs into account.

Making a Difference

The key idea here is that diet and exercise matter. They may not be your only and final solution, but they will help improve your condition and can alleviate some of the pain you are experiencing. And if you need more guidance on what to do or how to start, you can always ask your primary care doctor or local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. So, are you ready to make some changes yet? Just remember ... every little bit helps!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lubbock, Tex.

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