8 life hacks to soothe arthritis symptoms in winter 3



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It’s now winter and it’s the time of year that arthritis sufferers dread. As if having stiff joints isn’t enough, it can be worsened in winter because we instinctively ‘freeze’ up.

Luckily, there are a few ways to make everyday tasks and pain management easier in winter with these 8 clever life hacks.

Share any others you have below.

1. Scissors

Carry a little pair of scissors in your handbag or wallet to open packets, especially in restaurants. the more your prevent straining your joints, the better they will feel.

2. Get a better handle on things

For better grip, try placing rubber bands on jar lids to provide more traction to get them open. It even works on small bottles, like nail polish. Use thick bands for wider jar lids and small bands for smaller lids.

3. Zipper

Pop a key ring onto a zipper to give it more area to grab onto with sore fingers. Pieces of string or zipper pulls also make it easier to operate zippers.

4. Create a house on wheels

You can purchase furniture that already has wheels, or you can put wheels on your furniture so that it’s always easy and pain free to move for cleaning and rearranging. Your local hardware store will have the wheels and fittings you need.

5. Make a bedside kitchen and spa

Waking up is often the hardest part of the day for arthritis sufferers, so why not make it easier? Buy a mini fridge and stock it up with bottles of water, fresh towels, lotions, ice and heat packs and prescription medicines. The minute you wake up you can access what you need and in turn lessen stiffness and pain right away.

6. Turmeric and ginger tea

As turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatories, they will help with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Mix 2 cups of water, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric in a saucepan until boiled. Strain into a mug, add honey and drink twice a day.

7. Epsom salt soak

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulphate has been used to get relief from pain for years, namely because of its high levels of magnesium.

Put 1/2 cup of Epsom salt in a large bowl of warm water. Submerge your joints in the liquid. Otherwise, if the pain is all over or in a difficult spot, have an Epsom salt soak bath.

8. Extra virgin olive oil

Oil lubricates by its very nature, so why not rub some on your joints? Rub a bit of olive oil onto your sore joints twice a day, massaging in to each one gently. You can also take 2-3 tablespoons daily, but be sure to give up some other form of fat due to the high calorie count in the oil.

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  1. It’s all very well having a fridge handy but some of us need to go to the toilet as soon as we wake up – if not sooner. Yesterday, my husband removed the bedroom ‘commode’ and replaced it with our camping Porta-Potti. (There’s not enough space for an en suite.) Security is knowing there’s a toilet handy!

  2. Food allergy seems to be the main culprit in Arthritis. Many researchers have shown that less than 45% of the population is lactase persistent. This means for most of us dairy is nowhere as good as previously thought. The body can be allergic to any food; therefore any food allergy is capable of causing inflammation and arthritis. This includes RA, juvenile arthritis, and undefined joint pains.
    If you eat any form of dairy, be it milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, or even dairy in the form of casein or whey in another food product, such as bread or milk chocolate, then you can potentially trigger the symptoms of your food allergy, in this case arthritis.
    I should point out the difference between dairy allergy and lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is caused by the body not producing lactase, an enzyme necessary for the digestion of the milk sugar, lactose. After weaning the production of lactose ceases at some point in our lives, but usually between ages 3 and 5. This is normal. Continual suckling from mother, or being wet nursed by the cow can postpone the weaning process somewhat, but eventually we need to consider ourselves weaned in order to avoid health problems.
    Dairy allergy is an immune response to what the brain considers a foreign invasion, detrimental to the human system. This leads to immune deficiencies which open the door to diseases.

    “Rheumatoid arthritis is more severe than osteoarthritis, is most common in the hands and feet, and is characterized by swelling of joints. Since this type of joint pain can be a symptom of a food allergy, dietary change sometimes has a profound effect. Dairy products, the most common food allergen, are one likely candidate as a contributing causative factor.” Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition by George Eisman, M.A., M.Sc., R.D.

    “There is a colossal amount of information linking the consumption of milk to arthritis… and a multitude of other problems as documented by Hannah Allen, Alec Burton, Viktoras Kulvinskas, F. M. Pottenger, Herbert M. Shelton, and N.L. Walker, among others.” 
    Fit for Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond 

    Joy, a 42 year old woman noticed that her knees were pain-free after eliminating dairy products. Once, after drinking a glass of milk, her knees swelled within 20 minutes.” Daniel Twogood, D.C. 

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