7 Ways to Reduce Arthritis Pain To Reign in Health By Shelita Williams, R.N. www.shelitawilliams.com Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis but osteoarthritis is the most common. Over 21 million people are affected with this disease. Even though it’s most common in women over age 60, men and younger adults are no stranger to it. What I find as an R.N. is that prevention is almost never talked about it. Even in the medical profession, it seems they just expect as you age that you will get this painful disease and off you go with anti-inflammatory medications and surgery as your only viable options. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is associated with a breakdown of cartilage in joints and can occur in almost any joint in the body. It most commonly occurs in the weight bearing joints of the hips, knees and spine. So who is most susceptible to developing Osteoarthritis or OA? 1. People who are overweight. 2. People who perform high intensity workouts or activities putting continued stress on the joints such as athletes. 3. People who have some type of genetic defect. 4. People who have poor diets and nutritional habits. When you go to the doctor most times they prescribe you anti-inflammatory medications along with physical therapy. While physical therapy is good, understand that there is no cure for OA, and that the very best treatment is to get healthier! 7 Things you can do to promote better health and reduce or eliminate Arthritic pain! 1. Exercise. Your joints maybe very stiff and it may seem counterintuitive to exercise but that’s exactly what you need to do to loosen up your joints and stretch your muscles. In the long run this will reduce your pain. (Always consult your physician.) 3. Hydrate your body. Water, yes I said water, not pop, tea, or coffee. Water hydrates, protects, and moisturizes your joints.Detox your body. If you body is toxic, those toxins are in your joints and toxins cause inflammation. 4. Walk in forgiveness. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Unforgiveness poisons the heart, the mind, and the body. It’s not worth your health. Let it go! 5. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Putting more live foods into your body reduces the acidity of your body. Our bodies are naturally alkaline and when we eat dead foods because the enzymes that been cooked out of them, they actually become acidic. Disease thrives in an acidic environment.