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6 Easy Ways to Prevent Arthritis

September 14, 2012

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1. Lose Some Weight

The extra weight from excess pounds puts added stress on your joints, which overtime can cause degeneration. By simply losing a few pounds a year you can greatly reduce your risk for arthritis. Less weight means less wear and tear on your joints. Just another reason to lose weight.

2. Take a Ride on your Bicycle

One would think that an activity such as cycling would cause more damage to your knees but it’s actually just the opposite. Cycling is actually more beneficial to the joints because the motions are easy and repetitive. This actually strengthens the cartilage of the knees, hips and legs making it less likely that these joints will degenerate overtime.


3. Touch Your Toes

Tight muscles in the legs can lead to injuries of the knee and hip joints. Therefore by stretching the muscles you can reduce tension put on the joints. Flex the hamstrings by sitting straight legged on the floor and reaching for you toes for 30 seconds a day.


4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps to eliminate free radicals that can damage joint tissue. By consuming vitamin C on a daily basis you will drastically reduce your risk of developing arthritis. Plus if you already have arthritis, vitamin C will slow its progression.


5. Fish Oil

Fish oil is essential at nourishing joints. By taking fish oil daily through supplements or by eating fish you can heal joint tissue. This prevents or delays the onset of arthritis.


6. Snack on Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are rich in selenium an antioxidant that destroys free radicals. Free radicals can damage joint tissue leading to premature aging. When consumed regularly selenium rich foods such as Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, button mushrooms and sunflower seeds help to prevent osteoarthritis.