There are a number of specific nutrients which are required in order for the body to repair and replace cartilage and the lubricating fluids found in joints, including:
Found both in capsule or tablet form as well as in topical treatments like creams and lotions, these nutrients can correct the body's deficit(s) when taken in supplement form on their own or in a combination. Essential fatty acids
are another key nutrient to make sure you're getting in your diet. Try eating more foods with omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, avocados or nuts, or try a supplement.
Herbs for Treating Arthritis
Herbs are also a great alternative therapy. Whether you add them to your diet, take them in supplement form or look for a topical treatment containing them, herbs can help reduce inflammation and pain, improve circulation and provide additional nutrients to help the body repair and replace cartilage and joint fluids as well. Generally speaking, herbal medicines don't cause the same degree of side effects as pharmaceuticals. Be sure to opt for herbal supplements that don’t include synthetic fillers or binders when possible.
Herbs beneficial for treating osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, include:
Essential Oils for Treating Arthritis
A variety of conditions can be treated using essential oils, including arthritis. In particular, clove bud, lavender, peppermint, lemon and rosemary can help relieve pain and inflammation and stimulate circulation. Essential oils should never be taken orally, but should only be applied via lotions, creams, massage oils or diluted into bath water. Since essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream directly, they work quickly and only a few drops are needed at a time. Never apply essential oils without first properly diluting them, or find a pre-diluted formula.
Exercise for Treating Arthritis
Staying active is essential for managing and even alleviating the symptoms of arthritis. By moving the body’s joints through physical activities on a daily basis, they'll stay more mobile and the surrounding muscles will strengthen and provide additional joint support. Exercise is also very effective in increasing nutrient transportation throughout the body and for eliminating waste, which improves cartilage health, among other benefits.
Exercises that increase range of motion are ideal for treating arthritis. With a combination of strength and endurance exercises, it’s possible to significantly improve one’s range of motion and overall joint health. Yoga, walking, water exercises, bicycling, Tai Chi, weightlifting and jogging are a few types of exercises that can reduce symptoms.The type of daily physical activity depends on the current level of health, but the key is to be consistent with an exercise routine for results.
The right combination of treatments can be life changing. Managing your arthritis naturally is possible, so don’t become a prisoner to your pain.