Arthritis affects ten million people in the UK, including those who are fit and young as well as the elderly.
Symptoms include joint pain, swelling and redness, according to the NHS.
While they can happen at any time of year, they can often worsen during winter.
Joint problems or pain can react badly to the drop in barometric pressure during the winter weather and what may be a dull ache during the summer months, can become a shooting pain during winter when the weather is damp and cold. Arthritis is thought to be the condition that is worse-affected by the drop in pressure.
Much joint pain and stiffness can be caused by inflammation around the joint tissue, so it is important to include lots of antioxidants in your diet that can help to flush out any nasty toxins from your system.
“Eat plenty of cherries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, beetroots, as well as carrots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes,” said Dr Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist and author of The Natural Health Bible for Women.
Alternatively, you can take an antioxidant supplement. Prima Nutrima is food supplement containing a combination of beetroot powder and extract (10:1), plus Montmorency cherry powder and extract (10:1) - 4500mg per capsule.
Anti-inflammatory supplements such as our Turmeric Salve Fusion is also beneficial for your joint’s aches and pains.
Keeping active, especially during the winter when joints can seize up in the cold weather, is really important. Exercise can also help keep your joints supple and may even help to reduce some of the pain.
Try aerobic exercises such as Pilates, cycling or swimming.
The latter is particular effective as the buoyancy of the water can help support the joints.
If you need a little extra help, try taking a supplement such as Supremum Flexi, which helps to support joint health and improve mobility.
However, if you are in considerable pain after exercising it may be worth making an appointment with your GP to discuss a course of action.
Statistics have shown that 68 per cent of people with arthritis report depression when their pain is at it’s worst.
Many people also report severe fatigue as one of the main side affects from the condition.
It is therefore important to let your body rest - treat yourself to a warm bath where you can let the warm water help soothe the pain.