We talk a lot on here about living with arthritic pain, we share and recommend solutions in the hope that we can get the better of this chronic disease. What about people who want to know how to prevent arthritis naturally?
I have put together some key points here in the hope that they may help people stave off and prevent arthritis naturally.
Prevention better than cure
A report was issued by the Southampton NHS Treatment Centre that states the current amount of working days lost in the UK due to arthritis is 25.1 million.
That figure is expected to rise to 25.9 million by 2030 and 27.2 million by 2050.
In terms of financial cost that means by the year 2050 arthritis could cost the economy £4.74 billion a year.
Furthermore the cost to the NHS currently stands at just over 10 billion pounds!!
It is becoming a real epidemic to add to the other epidemics, we are living in a sick society.
So prevention has to be the way forward, we need to dramatically assess our lifestyles and find the causes.
Not all, but a large proportion of people (children and adults) are not getting the exercise the body needs. Obesity is more of an issue than it ever has been (children and adults) but why?
There are a whole host of reasons but to name a few:
Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Law and Order, Doctor Who, 13 Reasons, The Walking Dead:
I could go on but I think you get my point, these are some of the things that can keep us glued to our sofas/couches whichever you prefer.
I am not saying I don’t do this because I do on occasion, especially when Game of Thrones is on.
We could look at the amount of time we spend watching television, I have acknowledged I watch too much for my liking and I have drastically cut down my viewing time.
This means I can devote more time to things of greater importance such as, jobs round the home that need doing, spending time with my wife, friends, family, dog etc, exercising, reading, learning, being creative, writing posts on here.
As far as the last example goes I do recognise the irony that I have swapped one screen for another. I am more disciplined with the time I spend on my laptop and I do class it as being creative as well.
There are factors that make cutting down on T.V. time difficult though,
F.O.M.O.: This is simply the fear of missing out. You go to work and colleagues will ask you, did you see it (whichever TV show) last night?
If your answer is no then this conversation could well be over, the colleague may seek somebody else who did watch the program in question.
It could be the case that everyone else is watching a particular show and you are the only one who isn’t.
This may mean that you could feel left out by not being able to join in conversations, or worse still ridiculed and laughed at for not watching it.
F.T.C.: Following the crowd. Similar to the first one, because we don’t want to miss out and go against the grain we follow what the crowd are doing, what is considered as ‘normal’.
We do actually do as we are told: Must see! Don’t miss! Unmissable!
What do all these have in common, they are taglines that television companies put with new shows.
So we do as they say we watch them, we don’t miss them.
Some other TV show adverts say “the show everyone is talking about”, implying if you don’t watch it you won’t have anything in common with anyone and will have nothing to talk about with other people.
Routine or rut?: If you haven’t identified with the above categories I am fairly sure you will with this one.
We finish work and come home, we have had a stressful day, what do we do?
I won’t speak for everyone but I can guess that we come home change out of our clothes we have had on, shower, put ‘comfy clothes’ on, we all have them, then sit down to watch television.
This continues on a daily basis, routine or rut?
The thing is some people may have a desk job and might not be very active, they can still have a stressful day and want to do the above routine, which means they could spend the whole day or even week, with little to no activity!
This is quite obviously a problem.
Other things that can happen when we are distracted by out televisions is, we eat snacks at a startling rate, how many times have you sat there and looked down and thought I can’t believe that whole pack of biscuits has gone!
You even start doubting you ate them all, why? Simply because we are not paying attention to what we eat, we are paying attention to what we are watching.
We may not even be watching television even though it’s on we might actually be on our mobile phones.
It is scary to think what damage this level of distraction can do to our relationships with our spouse or children.
But the main points I am trying to get at is…
Diet & Exercise
Not happy with that? Well what did you expect!
There is a reason the importance of diet and exercise is highlighted so often, IT’S IMPORTANT!
Exercise essentially means use it or lose it. If you are not prepared to use a body part then don’t expect it to be any use to you when you need it.
Even simple activities such as stretching and walking keep your joints flexible and strong.
Yoga, Tai Chi, Spin Class it doesn’t really matter what you do just make sure you are doing something.
With regard to diet, I usually say eat fresh, stay away from anything manufactured, packaged, genetically modified.
Organic is better if you can afford it I know we get charged more for it, unless you fancy growing your own produce.
Olive oil, real butter, oily fish are all things I consider to be good for joint health. I would say to avoid excess sugar and carbohydrates as they convert to sugar in the blood.
In order for joints to stay healthy they need a good supply of quality blood, so less sugar and drink plenty of water to help pump that blood supply around the body.
We have spoken before about stress and the detrimental effect it can have on our body. In short, when we are stressed the chemical reactions cause INFLAMMATION!
Not good, so how do we combat this?
Everyone knows there are so many stresses in life, it ranges from our job, money, bills to pay, debts, what we weigh, how we look, to more trivial things like owning the latest gadget because the neighbour has it.
Prioritise and disregard
In order for us to combat this silent cause of many diseases and illnesses we have to remember what matters.
Disregard what others have, it does not make them better than you. As is often said we were all created equal so on that basis no one can truly be your superior!
I understand social pressures can be intense as we referenced earlier, you need to be watching a certain program, your child needs to have a certain mobile phone to keep up with others.
I know this because there were similar pressures when I was at school, the fact is my parents were too poor to afford these things.
I was one of the last persons in my school to get a mobile phone and when I did it was huge compared to everyone else who had a Nokia 3210.
My ginormous Motorola and me were laughed at, probably because when you extended the aerial on it, the phone looked like it could double up as a pole vault or javelin.
But I learned to take a few jibes and laugh at myself and then kids get bored and move on.
It stems from a fear of being different, generally, people don’t want to be viewed differently by society.
The truth is we owe some of the greatest discoveries to people who were considered different or laughed at. If we were all copies of each other the world wouldn’t have any wonder.
You may find that you have a boss or supervisor at work who is constantly on your back and making life stressful.
Just remember they put their pants on one leg at a time like you and contrary to what they might want you to believe, their poo smells as well!
What I am trying to get at is you need to define how important that individual stress actually is, if you can disregard it then do so, if you can’t then you need to develop ways to cope.
Yes, coping mechanisms.
There are so many that you can try,
- Stress ball
- Rubber band on wrist to twang
- Breathing and so on…
We need to start employing some of these and finding what works for us.
I have said before I use meditation now and sleep music which have helped me tremendously. I am able to refocus and regain clarity that I lost in the foggy mist of stress.
Remember what is important, the three H’s.
Home, Health, Happiness!
You don’t want to look back on your life and think I did what everyone else was doing. You want to think I did what made me happy, with the people I loved the most, doing the things I’ll always remember!
Exercise, Eat healthy, Expel stress!
Give yourself the best chance of preventing arthritis and other diseases naturally.
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All the best, Andy 🙂