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					Fighting Arthritis: Your Most Effective Options
Arthritis afflicts millions, yet few ever learn to fully cope. Know what you can do for yourself and how
to be proactive about arthritis, and you learn to live a healthier and less pain-ridden lifestyle.




1. Be cognitive of your posture at all times. Slouching is a major cause of aches and pains, especially
in the back. When you sit or walk improperly, your bones rest in an unnatural position. Over time, this
causes permanent damage and will exacerbate arthritis. Maintaining the posture that your skeletal
system was designed for will go a long way in keeping your bones healthy and keeping you free from
pain.




2. Maintain your joint health. Be it through the use of supplements or exercise, keeping your joints
protected is one of the best things you can do to fight arthritis. As the connective tissue and cartilage
between bones erodes through the years, bones begin to make contact, and this becomes a
significant source of pain. Ask your doctor what else you can be doing to protect your joints from wear
and vulnerability.




3. Sleep well! Getting plenty of restful and rejuvenating sleep is a simple yet highly effective way to
condition against arthritis. Sleeping gives your body the necessary recuperation from the day's
events, and the rebuilding time it needs for the following day's activity. Insufficient sleep will cause a
number of other issues for you as well, all culminating in more pain and discomfort. Seek the advice
of a specialist to make sure that the bed you sleep on is the most conducive to sound sleeping and
physical wellness.




4. Eat like your health depends on it. It sounds fairly obvious, but most people eat the way their mood
or schedule dictates, and not by what their body needs. Eliminate the junk from your diet, and replace
it with fresh, wholesome ingredients and items that will all work with your body and not against it.
Many individuals put more thought into the grade of gasoline that they put in their cars than the food
they put on their plates. A proper diet is one of your greatest weapons against arthritis, and is
completely under your control.




5. Physically condition yourself against arthritis. The stronger your muscles are, the less strain on
your skeletal system. The more capable your body is of fluid and flexible movement, the less pain you
will feel from arthritis. Physical conditioning will also delay many of the effects of aging and arthritis,
increasing the importance of your individual commitment to it. Come up with a routine that you find
enjoyable, if not exhilarating, and make it a part of your daily life, permanently.




6. Have a healthy attitude. The correlation between a positive mental outlook and better physical well
being is undeniable. Consider the following scenario: you are waiting in a long line at the grocers or
bank, and one person is very vocal and sarcastic in complaining. He goes on and on about how long
the wait is, how incompetent the staff is, and all the important things he could be doing, rather than
waiting in that line. How much more unbearable does your wait become when listening to this
negative person? The same applies to your own negative thought patterns and the impact they have
on your body. Learn to see the glass as half full and make the best of what you've got, and your body
will respond with more energy and vitality.




These are some of the more important things you can do to take control over your arthritis and
minimize its impact on your life. The more you know, the more you will be able to assert your positive
energy and influence over this potentially debilitating condition and work toward a more enjoyable and
fulfilling lifestyle.

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