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It has been estimated that 52.5 million American adults were diagnosed with some type of arthritis in the period between 2010 and 2012. The Centers for Control Disease and Prevention claim and one out of two people will develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis by their 80s.
Not only adults are affected by this condition, but the younger population as well. According to the statistics, around 294,000 children in U.S. under the age of 18 suffer from rheumatic condition or arthritis. Swelling, debilitating pain, stiffness and inflammation are all characteristics of osteoarthritis and they affect people of all ages.
Luckily, there are some home remedies which can help in the reduction of the discomfort and pain from arthritis, and here are some of them:
- Morning Bath
In order to loosen the morning stiffness you have in your joints, you should take a long, warm bath the minute you wake up. You can also prevent stiffness from occurring in the first place just by sleeping with a heating pad or electric blanket.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health claims that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric can relieve arthritis inflammation effectively. All you have to do is to add this spice in your diet. For instance, you can add it to your omelet, you can make a turmeric tea or an Indian curry.
- Olive Oil
Cold-pressed extra virgin oil contains anti-inflammatory enzymes that act just like ibuprofen and the best part is that it has no side effects. You should definitely use it instead of butter or simply apply it topically onto the aching areas and massage gently.
- Wear Gloves to Bed
Arthritis patients should definitely wear gloves while sleeping because it will prevent their hands to become stiff and swollen in the morning, they can also wrap a scarf around your aching knees or elbows in order to relieve pain.
- Get More Citrus
Due to the fact that citrus fruits like lemon, lime and oranges contain high amounts of vitamin C, they are extremely helpful in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Vitamin C is actually essential in the formation of the main cartilage components, and it fights against the free radicals that damage the cartilage. In order to incorporate more vitamin C in your system, you should drink lemon or lime water, orange juice or just consume more oranges and lemons.
Many studies proved that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Moreover, the Arthritis foundation explains that the effects of ginger are similar or even better than those of ibuprofen. All you have to do is to drink up to 4 cups of ginger tea every day, or use it in vinaigrettes, sauces, granolas, and chutneys.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for our body as it is vital for more than 300 biomechanics responses, one of which is the process of relieving pain and stiffness. It also helps in bone mineralization which means that it keeps your bones strong. In order to fight arthritis naturally, you need to start eating more foods rich in this mineral such as nuts, beans, and dark-leafy greens. Another alternative is to take it as a supplement form or to apply a topical magnesium to your aching joints.
- Consume More Fish
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, herring, tuna, salmon, and mackerel, contain omega-3 fatty acids which, help relieve tender joints and morning stiffness. However, you can also take fish oil supplement in order to get the daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
If you adopt some of these home remedies, you will definitely feel relief in no time and that means that arthritis won’t be painful and debilitating any more.