Before we take the fight to arthritis, we must understand what it is and how it works. Arthritis is a joint condition that causes inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different variations of Arthritis, ranging from Osteoarthritis, which is caused over time by wear and tear to Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease which is a little more difficult to treat. In spite of which type of Arthritis you have, a change in lifestyle can play a significant role in keeping this condition in check.
Leading with a proper diet will allow you to get command over arthritic conditions. Seniors should start with an antioxidant rich diet. Vegetables, fruits, green tea and grains are especially rich in Antioxidants. The next time you make a salad, try replacing regular old lettuce with spinach. In the mornings, swap the cup of coffee with a cup of green tea instead.
Becoming more active will land a critical blow to arthritis. Before starting an exercise regiment, please consult your physician. Many seniors are sedentary and starting vigorously can cause injury. Begin your workout routine gently, with low-impact and low intensity exercises. Performing chores is a great way to get back into the swing of things. As the months progress, you may eventually find yourself in the gym performing weight lifting routines.