Many people suffering from chronic hip and knee pain blame cold weather for worsening their symptoms. While research hasn’t proven a definite link between joint pain, colder temperatures, and changes in barometric pressure, you may still be seeking relief no matter the source of your pain. Try these tips to weather joint pain this winter:
Fortify with Food
Eat this: Research has shown that foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and nuts, can help decrease inflammation around your joints. Foods rich in vitamin k, such as greens like spinach and kale, can help provide pain relief. Vitamin C, found in foods like oranges, tomatoes, and red peppers, can help slow down cartilage loss in your joints. Whole-grain bread, cereals, and pasta with a high fiber content can also help reduce inflammation.
Not this: Foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, such as corn oil or soybean oil, may trigger joint inflammation. Some research suggests that refined grains may also increase inflammation.
Glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin may help your body maintain cartilage and increase lubrication in your joints, helping to ease your symptoms. Adequate levels of vitamin D can also help keep your bones strong and prevent pain. If you’d like to try taking supplements, check with your doctor first to screen for any potential interactions with any prescription or over-the-counter medications you’re currently taking.
Exercise helps keep your joints healthy and reduces pain. While cold weather can tempt you to skip workouts, it’s important to keep exercising. Speak with your doctor about safe, low-impact exercises that are easy on your joints.
Still seeking relief?
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