Smoking is already an unhealthy activity, but there may now be even more evidence that smoking can be deadly for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted by British researchers and published in Arthritis Care & Researchfound that people diagnosed with arthritis had a much higher risk of death if they smoked than if they were smoke free.
As you get older, your body starts to change. Arthritis, weakening muscles, and the danger of potential falls are a reality during your golden years, but your life shouldn’t be dictated by aches and pains.
Seniors can improve the quality of their lives by staying in shape with low-impact exercises.
You know that eating right and getting exercise are part of a healthy routine.
But did you know that specific foods and exercises may help relieve some of your arthritis pain and swelling?
Foods That Fight Inflammation
No one food can relieve arthritis, but eating—or avoiding—certain foods can help combat inflammation throughout the body.
What to Eat
- Omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna
- Green leafy vegetables
- Canola and olive oil
- Green tea
- Margarine and butter
What to Limit
- Omega-6 fatty acids from egg yolks and red meat
- French fries and other fried foods
- Packaged cookies, crackers, baked goods, and other processed, sugary foods
- Fruit juice
In combination with these dietary considerations, staying active is one of the best things you can do for your body.