Here at VOYA as part of our ethos we believe in the importance of looking after one’s body and mind to help ensure a healthy lifestyle. Each year in October, a special focus is put on a condition that affects thousands of Irish people, arthritis. 1 in 5 adults and more than 1,00 children have some form of arthritis in Ireland. This means that 750,000 Irish people have arthritis. With this in mind we’ve put together some organic remedies to help soothe your arthritis pain.
The Mediterranean diet is often lauded as one of the world’s most nutrient-packed diets and is known for its anti-aging and disease-fighting qualities. Based on seasonal and local produce, it includes large quantities of healthy fats, like olive oil and fish oils, as well as a range of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Adopting a Mediterranean diet is one way to help ease your arthritis pain but you can also fight discomfort by rubbing extra virgin olive oil into sore joints. Extra virgin olive oil is an unrefined oil and as a result is richer in colour, taste and nutrients. Massage the oil into sore joins twice a day to see the best results. Learn how to get started with the Mediterranean diet here.
Your diet plays a vital role in your fight against arthritis. To help ease stiff joints, it’s important to follow a healthy diet which is rich in anti-inflammatory foods, like tomatoes, nuts, olive oil and Omega-3 rich fish.
It may be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain but it’s actually the best way to alleviate soreness and improve your range of movement. For arthritis sufferers, it’s important to choose a suitable exercise, as high-intensity workouts will only aggravate your symptoms instead of helping them.
Swimming is a low-impact sport, which has been proven to increase knee and hip flexibility, and is one of the best forms of exercise for arthritis sufferers. For those who aren’t too confident in their swimming abilities, ask your local swimming pool if they do aqua aerobics classes – a great option for nervous swimmers. You can find more appropriate excercises here.
Every household has a box of green tea hidden away in a cupboard, so there’s no excuse not to switch your morning brew for a cup of green tea – your joints will thank you.
Research has shown that if you drink at least four cups of green tea a day, you’ll be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. The tea’s polyphenol antioxidants boast anti-inflammatory properties and can significantly reduce cartilage damage in joints.
Besides helping you fight colds and flus, ginger has been found to mimic NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and is a powerful tool against arthritis. An easy way to incorporate ginger into your everyday routine is to make deliciously refreshing ginger tea.
To prepare, add a couple of slices of fresh ginger and a slice of lemon to a cup of boiling water – or buy some ginger teabags from your local supermarket.
As well as being a relaxing spa treatment that both replenishes and nourishes tired skin, seaweed baths offer a range of anti-inflammatory benefits. Full of vital minerals, seaweed is rich in magnesium, an important supplement needed to heal muscular aches and pains.
Our Lazy Days bath treatment, is the perfect way to enjoy the healing benefits of seaweed from home. When placed in warm water, the dehydrated seaweed releases an abundance of nutrients and anti-oxidants, which all help relieve joint pain. To get the full benefit of the treatment, we recommend staying in the bath for 50 minutes, don’t forget you can resue the product for three consecutive days.
Soak Up the Sun
In conjunction with calcium, vitamin D is one of the most important minerals needed for bone development. Studies have shown that vitamin D plays an important role in the production of collagen and may also protect joints from osteoarthritis damage. The easiest way to boost your D levels is to get out in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes each day – that’s all it takes!
Spice it up
It’s time to develop your taste buds and get au fait with Mexican, Indian and Thai cooking. Whilst acquiring a taste for spicy food may seem daunting, ingredients like cayenne pepper and turmeric have been proven to block pain signals and help reduce swelling. So it’s time to don your chef’s hat and get creative in the kitchen. You can find a collection of Thai recipes here.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Hot and cold treatments are one of the simplest ways to encourage pain relief. Heat enhances circulation which in turn delivers vital nutrients to joints and muscles allowing for more limber movements. Cold therapies are great for acute pain as the cooling effect slows down circulation, numbs nerve endings and reduces swelling. Simply place a heated pad or ice pack on affected areas to help with pain and stiffness.
Get More Magnesium
Magnesium is an important mineral that’s needed by the body to grow bone and repair damaged muscle. Unfortunately, it’s something our bodies can’t produce on their own and must be gotten through our diet. You can increase your magnesium intake by including magnesium-rich foods like beans, nuts, whole grains and green leafy vegetables in your diet.
You can find out more about living with arthritis at http://www.arthritisireland.ie/