Why does this doctor repeatedly bang on about yoga? I’ll tell you why - it works. In fact, while I’m not one to regret things, one thing I do regret is not keeping up yoga practice since I first learned about it in my teenage years (I was more interested in getting big at the gym. I use an app and just do 15-20 minutes a day. I actually have it as a recurring item on my to-do list manager. Arthritis or not, you’ll be amazed at how good your body feels after a few weeks of consistent practice of just 15-20 minutes a day.
For decades, scientists have suspected that the spice turmeric, and its primary bioactive component, curcumin, possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is 100% plant-based, being derived from the turmeric plant. Keep in mind that curcumin is the active component of turmeric (and turmeric is only 2% curcumin) - so just taking turmeric itself won’t work. It’s also important to use curcumin that has improved bioavailability, since curcumin, like turmeric, is poorly absorbed in its natural form. Truth Origins Liquid Curcumin has overcome this problem by making their product water-soluble.
3. Stop smoking
If you have arthritis and you’re still smoking: STOP! Smoking cessation is almost always the most important thing you can do for your health and arthritis is very responsive to this. I know this might not be an easy thing to do, and if you have trouble stopping alone. It might be best to see your GP who can arrange nicotine replacement therapy (or other methods) for you in advance of your attempt.
4. Reduce carbohydrate consumption (and lose weight while you’re at it)
Believe it or not, carbohydrates are now considered to be “inflammatory”. I’m not going to go into detail about that now, but I will talk about the fact that carbohydrates - or at least carbohydrate excess - makes us heavy.
The days of muesli, fruit, and yoghurt being a healthy breakfast are gone! If you can manage to reduce carbohydrates in your daily diet, you will undoubtedly lose weight - which is good for joints and for health in general.
It is a great way to build strength and flexibility, as well as improve fitness and lose weight (which reduces pressure on arthritic joints). I try to swim for just 30 minutes a week.