‘I maintain a healthy digestive system’
“Having plenty of good bacteria in your gut can help reduce the pain and inflammation from arthritis. A healthy gut means that your microbiome is robust and diverse so it can do its job protecting your intestinal lining from getting damaged. Damage can happen from food, toxins, stress, and medication. This can lead to a condition called leaky gut syndrome, which triggers inflammation all over the body—especially in your joints. Happy gut bacteria are the key to happy joints!” —Susan Blum, MD, founder and director of Blum Center for Health and author of two books on arthritis. Try these life hacks to make your arthritis pain more bearable.
‘I lift weights’
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“It may seem counterintuitive—how can lifting more weight make joint pain better? Wouldn’t that stress the joints even more? But muscle mass is key for preventing osteoarthritis and ameliorating any pain. By strengthening the muscles around the joints you will help take some of the load off thereby keeping joints healthy.” —Megan R. Williams Khmelev, MD, osteoarthritis specialist and owner of Elemental Weight Loss Clinic, in San Antonio, Texas