Cold Weather Got You Feeling Sore and Achy?
Whether your aches are sparked by the weather or something else, these steps can help you feel better.
Eat Healthy Load up on foods rich in:
Omega-3 fatty acids. Think salmon and nuts to curb inflammation.
Vitamin K. Make meals that feature greens, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage, for their pain-soothing properties.
Vitamin C. Add color to your diet with juicy oranges, sweet red peppers and tomatoes, and other C-rich foods to halt cartilage loss (and resulting pain) that comes with arthritis.
Avoid foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, such as corn oil, which may trigger painful inflammation. Also, swap refined grains for whole grains. Early research suggests refined grains have an inflammatory effect, whereas high-fiber whole grains may help reduce inflammation.
Keep Moving One reason the cold weather is linked to joint pain is people are less likely to work out when it's chilly and damp. Being a couch potato is bad news for your joints because exercise helps lubricate them to prevent pain.
Too cold out? Bring your workout indoors -- and don't overdo it! Choose low-impact aerobic moves that are easy on joints, such as walking, and yoga or tai chi, which enhance your range of motion. Lifting weights can also help because it builds joint-supporting muscles.
Get Adjusted When it's cold out it's easy to tense up and feel knotted up and sore. Make sure you are coming in for regular adjustments! Be good to your body and it will repay you!