7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Arthritis – Pentaglax Home Remedies

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Arthritis is a name used to describe over 100 different conditions which may manifest in tissue damage, inflammation and pain. The specific naming is based on the tissues affected. The two most common types are Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It affects both men and women especially of middle and older ages. It’s generally described as incurable and in most cases the root causes are also a mystery. However, there are factors that are suspect as predisposing  one to arthritis development or even progression. They are:

1. Dehydration

Our joints have a protective cushioning substance known as cartilage. This cartilage is about five times smoother than ice. This enables the joint bones to glisten without much friction. We have a lubricant hyaluronic acid that helps in maintaing the smoothness. The cartilage is composed of a high percentage of water. Cartilage is found in all the body joints e.g. knees, hips etc including the backbone. Therefore, when the body is in a dehydrated state, water distribution rationing may affect these cartilage. If water is prioritised for maintaining adequate blood levels then the cartilage will dry up loosing it’s vital functions. Progressively damage may occur exposing the bone ends to grind over each other. This will lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints. Osteoarthritis will now set in. We can therefore see that this kind of osteoarthritis may be prevented. Making it a habit to drink about 8 to 12 glasses of water daily would keep your body hydrated. This will improve your articular cartilage and joint health.

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2. Obesity

We have a number of weight bearing joints in our bodies. These joints have protective cartilage. The more weight we add the more pressure we exert on them including the back. Exerting pressure may lead to the damage of the protective cartilage and the joint structures. This will also progressively promote arthritis development and progression. One should avoid diets that promote weight gain especially refined and processed foods that are generally nutritionally empty. The processes be of refinement and processing takes away some of the vital nutrient players in that food. Preferably go for organic foods e.g be vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits. These will help you naturally maintain a balanced body weight and protect your joints.

3. Injury

It is appearing that those people who participate in heavy duty sports such as athletes and soccer players at old age seem to suffer from arthritis. It is being suspected that injuries obtained during the early years come back to haunt them in the form of arthritis. Also they place their joint cartilage under a lot of pressure during the time they perform their acts. It is therefore advisable that during sports one should be very careful and try as much as possible to avoid both injuries to the joints and pressure exertion on the cartilage structures.

4. Smoking

Well smoking may also affect the joint structure through promoting stress on the structures. Quiting smoking would be a better trade off to maintain healthy joints at old age.

5. Fish Consumption

Fish oil also known as Omega 3 fatty oils are know for their vast health benefits. They have also been found to be beneficial for the articular joint functions. They are also antiinflammatory. Fatty fish are the best such as salmon and mackerel

6. Blood Sugar Regulation

Excess blood sugar is known to damage a number of body tissues e.g eyes. It has been established that the joint tissues are also affected. Therefore diet management is vital here and so is excercise.

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7. Excercise and Fitness

The joint structure are created to move. When they do their job of motion is when they remain flexible. We also have muscle structure. Muscles help in movement and also carrying the body weight. What you don’t use you lose is a common statement and especially when referring to the muscles. Excercise strengthens the muscle and joint structures. It helps prevent joints freezing. A walk of about 20 minutes a day is beneficial. Swimming and cycling are light excercises that can help.

Published by Alfred Okoko

Life & Health Transformation Coach

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