You may find that your joint pain worsens in the winter months. As the dropping temperatures chill your bones, your joints feel achy and stiffer.
Wintertime joint pain can make the cold months far worse, and if you already aren’t keen on the season, you probably dread it once your joint pain starts acting up.
Sure, you can take pills to relieve pain, but there are other ways – without side effects – that can help improve joint pain in the winter.
Tips to prevent and treat winter joint pain
- Eat foods high in vitamin D – dairy products, dark leafy greens, etc.
- Avoid foods that can trigger inflammation – saturated fats, trans fats, refined carbohydrates.
- Eat more salmon and nuts for healthy fats.
- Increase your intake of whole grains.
- Avoid foods that are too hot or too cold.
- Avoid cold showers.
- Avoid eating oily foods or sugary foods.
- Eat foods high in antioxidants – fruits and vegetables.
- Treat minor injuries right away.
- Exercise regularly – always remember to warm up prior to working out, and cool down and stretch when you’re done.
- Use heat therapy.
- Try to get as much sunlight as possible.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Maintain a proper posture when sitting or standing – and don’t sit for long periods of time.
- Get proper sleep.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature – layer properly when heading outdoors and wear gloves and a hat.
These tips can help you better manage your joint pain in the wintertime. In addition, practicing a healthy lifestyle can prevent future bone and joint issues. If your doctor has put you on a treatment program, ensure you are following it as directed.
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