As winter approaches, a sense of dread takes over most arthritis sufferers who can feel the winter chill in their bones at the mere mention of the season. Cold weather can trigger excruciating joint painthat may intensify as the temperature continues to drop. Since winter is not too far, now is the time to prepare for the colder months that are often a menace for arthritis sufferers. Here is what you need to do to avoid joint pain and stiffness throughout the colder months.
1. Bundle Up to Beat the Chill
Layering! Make sure your winter wardrobe contains a warm trench coat or a jacket, sweatshirts, cardigans, and long pants. You can also mix these essentials with other clothes like thermal wear and turtlenecks to add extra layers of warmth.
Always make it a point to wear a scarf, a hat, and copper compression gloves and socks when going outdoors. Don’t skip the copper compression gloves because their firmness and warmth will stimulate the delivery of oxygen and promote better blood flow while minimizing the loss of heat.
2. Stay Hydrated
Even mild dehydration can significantly increase sensitivity to joint pain and stiffness. Staying hydrated helps you stay active, affects your mood positively, and enhances brain function. Just the way you sweat in summer, you lose body fluids in winter and so it is very important to drink plenty of water even during cold winter months.
3. Keep Yourself Fit with Indoor Activities
It is important to engage in physical activities to maintain good health and to avoid the joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Simple stretching exercises, yoga, and walking can be easily performed indoors and are enough for those suffering from arthritis. Regular massages can also help boost the flow of blood during cold winter months and ward off the painful symptoms of arthritis.
4. Treat yourself to a Nutrient-rich diet and Take Your Supplements
Low levels of vitamin D increase arthritis pain and raise the risk of osteoporosis. A healthy diet plays a crucial role in keeping you healthy year-round, whether it scorching hot or bone chilling cold. A balanced diet that is rich in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients ensures good bone health and strong immunity. If that seems very difficult, consider taking multivitamins along with Vitamin D supplements that help regenerate the cartilage and bones by absorbing calcium in the body.
5. Avoid Taking Quick Trips without Wearing Appropriate Clothing
You may feel tempted to run out to get your mail or take a quick trip to your nearby grocery store without your jacket on but by doing this, you are only allowing the cold weather to take a toll on your health. So, make it a rule to keep warm clothing handy and never leave your home without wearing them.
6. Invest in Effective Heat Packs and Electric Blankets
The cold winter weather considerably lowers the pain threshold which further intensifies the joint pain and stiffness. Fortunately, heat packs and electric blankets can efficiently keep you warm and lessen the pain, stiffness and discomfort associated with arthritis. So don’t face the winter months without warm and comforting heating pads and blankets.They will not only let you enjoy a relaxing sleep at night but also keep you warm during the day.
7. Protect Your Extremities
The best way to alleviate the painful symptoms associated with arthritis is to cover your hands and feet with copper compression gloves and socks. They are scientifically designed to keep your extremities warm and to prevent the heat from escaping. While the compression of these gloves and socks will boost the circulation of blood, the copper infused in them will enhance thermal regulation and reduce joint inflammation. You can also find fingerless copper gloves that can be comfortably worn while you continue with your daily routine.
The cold winter weather can make your condition worse so take these measures on time, avoid snow shovelling and leaf raking out in the cold and consult a doctor about arthritis medications. You can also consider non-traditional treatments like Acupuncture to help ease arthritis pain.
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