Improve Arthritis Symptoms By Dropping These Bad Habits

There's no doubt about it - managing the pain and discomfort that comes from a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis can be very difficult and challenging for anyone at times. It's definitely a good thing that there are plenty of measures that a person with arthritis can take in order to improve their symptoms, decrease their pain, and increase their overall quality of life in general.

However, just as knowing what steps to take to improve arthritis symptoms is very important for patients, so too is understanding what bad habits need to be dropped in order to make a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis less threatening and negatively impactful as well.

I recently came across an article by Everyday Health that described some of the most important lifestyle changes that any patient dealing with rheumatoid arthritis should make right away to improve their symptoms, and I wanted to share some of these helpful tips with you in the hopes that we can all have a greater awareness of how to lessen the negative effects that arthritis can and does have on many people.

Just as with anyone else who is dealing with a chronic health issue, diet and exercise are two equally important factors in determining the quality of life of a patient and the severity of the symptoms they may end up dealing with. You will want to do your best to implement a dietary plan in your life that contains a high amount of healthy whole foods with anti-inflammatory properties, while avoiding foods that cause inflammation. This is because inflammation is one of the main causes of pain and stiffness in the joints that so often characterizes arthritis. This means cutting out foods that contain high amounts of added artificial sugar, such as soda and candy, and stocking up on foods that are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, such as nuts, fish, fresh fruits and veggies, and whole grain breads. As for exercise, be sure you are focusing on keeping off excess weight, since this can cause added strain to your joints that just makes your symptoms even worse. 

Finally, be sure to consult with a doctor of chiropractic at your nearest clinic of The Joint if you would like to receive pain relief that is natural, safe, effective, and completely done on your terms. Studies have shown that regular sessions of chiropractic care and treatment have been shown to improve pain and discomfort in arthritis patients, many after just one session.

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