Feel­ing stiff in the joints?

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

New re­search tells us what you eat in your 20s can have an ef­fect years later

More oily fish in your diet can ease joint pain One of the ear­li­est signs of arthri­tis is stiff­ness and pain in our wrists, fin­ger joints and hips. This in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tion in­ter­feres with even ba­sic daily tasks such as cook­ing, driv­ing and walk­ing.

Pain in our knees can also be caused by be­ing over­weight, which puts ex­tra stress on our joints. This wear and tear may make us feel less in­clined to con­tinue our reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity, as the pain in­ter­feres with mo­bil­ity. How­ever, keep­ing ac­tive can be key to weight loss. And in turn, this helps ease joint pain. Car­ry­ing ex­tra weight also in­creases your risk of heart dis­ease and di­a­betes.

Fight back!

OILY FISH Omega-3 fats in oily fish like salmon, tuna and sar­dines fight in­flam­ma­tion in stiff joints. Aim to in­clude 150g of oily fish in your diet 2–3 times a week, and con­sider a fish oil sup­ple­ment (of 2700mg) on top of this if you suf­fer from arthri­tis.

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