So, what is arthritis and what can be done about it?
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition characterised by stiff, painful, aching, hard to move joints, caused by inflammation.
There are a few different types of arthritis, the most common being Osteoarthritis.
This occurs when the cartilage between your joints and bones become inflamed and wears down.
Cartilage is made up of collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin and other substances. It covers the end of bones where they meet the joints.
Eventually, as cartilage deteriorates, the bones will rub together (because the cartilage isn’t there any longer to soothe) leading to pain and poor mobility.
There is no one exact cause of this but genetics, gender, lifestyle, diet, injuries, weight, age and more all play a part.
Other forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune condition), and psoriatic arthritis. All forms affect the joints in some way.
Preventing / Managing Joint Pain
Whilst there’s not necessarily a “cure” for joint problems, it is possible to take certain steps to support your joint health (or minimise the chances of it becoming an issue for you in the future)…
Obesity increases the risk of arthritis and puts an increased strain on your joints.
Excess fat can also disrupt your hormones and increase inflammation - further wearing down the cartilage in the joints.
Therefore, managing your weight will be important to consider if you are overweight.
Your diet can make a big difference to your joints.
For example, some foods will increase inflammation in the body, worsening the wear and tear on the joints.
And other foods (and supplements) will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to reduce inflammation, soothe the joints and support healthy levels of cartilage and collagen (critical for joint health).
Getting the body where it needs to be to feel as healthy as possible is increasingly hard in this day and age.
Foods are less nutritious, we are more stressed, much busier, etc. This can mean supplementation is often needed to give some extra help.
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