Focus on Nutrition and Joint Care For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Focus on Nutrition and Joint Care For Rheumatoid Arthritis

A well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is important for healthy bones.  Vitamin D is important for calcium and bone health. Expose body to Sun light. Apply oil on body and sit in Sun light for an hour or so.  vitamin D supplements to achieve the recommended intake of 600 to 800 IU each day.

Consume food with good source of calcium dairy products, dark green and leafy veggies, food fortified with calcium and calcium supplements.

The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily calcium intake of 1,000 mg (milligrams) for men and women up to age 50. Women over age 50 and men over age 70 should increase their intake to 1,200 mg daily.

For joint care: Wearing splint for short time  for joints- hands, wrists, ankles, and feet- reduces pain and swelling.  Calves pain can be reduced by wearing compressors for few hours a day. Talk to your doctor or a physical or occupational therapist before wearing a splint. To protect joints, follow these tips:

  • Using self-help devices like item with large grip, zipper pullers, or wear shoe with long-handled shoehorns.
  • Using tools or devices that help with activities of daily living, such as an adaptive toothbrush or silverware.
  • Using devices to help you get on and off chairs, toilet seats, and beds. Fix handles near toilet, bed and where you commonly sit for support.
  • Choosing activities that put less stress on your joints, such as limiting the use of the stairs or taking rest periods when walking longer distances. Avoid two-wheel drive when under pain.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight will help to reduce the stress on joints

Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: February 23, 2022

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