5 tips to ‘harden’ your joints for the wintertime

Many people with joint disease experience more complaints during the cold and wet winter months. Here are some tips that help reduce pain and stiffness during this cold period.

Tips joints winter

1) Keep moving

Many people like to stay indoors as much as possible during the winter months. Little movement causes the joints to feel more painful and stiffer. This can be avoided by walking, cycling or swimming regularly. Blood circulation increases by moving and it has a long-term effect on the pain. In addition, frequent movement gives strong muscles, which give more support to the affected joints.

2) Eat balanced food

Good nutrition contributes to strong muscles and healthy bones and joints. Therefore, enjoy a balanced meal with a lot of fruits, vegetables, cereals and protein. In addition, some vitamins have anti-inflammatory properties. So pay attention to your diet especially in wintertime.

3) Drink enough water

When it’s cold outside, we like to make it very warm inside. This, however, means that your body loses more fluid. Therefore, drink 6 to 8 glasses a day in winter to keep your bodily fluid at the right level. Water plays an important role in the lubrication of the cartilage between joints (joint or synovial fluid). This will keep you more flexible.

4) Wear warm clothes

If you go outside, make sure wear warm clothes. Wear a thick sweater and pants, and if you wear a dress or skirt, think of a thick maillot or legging underneath. Invest in a warm hat and sturdy gloves. Sometimes wearing an extra T-shirt under your sweater can make a big difference. Two pairs of socks on top of each other can also give a warm feeling during a winter walk.

5) Take extra omega-3 fatty acids

Use fish oil capsules with EPA and DHA during the winter months. These Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation. According to experts, two herrings per week provide your body with sufficiently beneficial fatty acids, so use tip 1 to occasionally walk to the fish booth. A large source of Omega-3 fatty acids is also the liquid Green-lipped mussel. In addition to EPA and DHA, this mussel from New Zealand contains a whole range of – often rare – omega-3 fatty acids. It is, therefore, an excellent natural anti-inflammatory inhibitor.

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