May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. The various forms of this disease affect an estimated 50 million Americans.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage. Another type of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disease--meaning the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues.
One of the biggest myths out there is that there is nothing that can be done about arthritis, other than taking medication to relieve the pain, inflammation, and discomfort. Fortunately, nothing is further from the truth.
Diet goes a long way in protecting your joints--specifically, sulfur-containing foods like eggs and cruciferous vegetables. In addition, exercise is extremely important in keeping your joints lubricated and functioning properly. Range of motion exercises are especially helpful.
And for pain relief, you don't have to rely on NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, which come with many side effects. Instead, try nutrients like glucosamine/chondroitin, lemon myrtle, wild rosella, and whey protein powder.
Now it's your turn: What's your best natural arthritis-relieving therapy?