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How to Cope While Living With Arthritis

Here are a few ways to cope with arthritis.

Arthritis is a debilitating disease that impacts the lives of nearly 54 million adults in the U.S, according to the Arthritis Foundation. By 2040, it's estimated that more than 78 million people will have some form of arthritis.

Those living with the disease can agree that it doesn't only come with physical pain – it can have an impact on mental and emotional well-being too. If you're one of the many million Americans living with arthritis, it's important to address all of the additional stressors and ways to cope.

Woman with arthritis in hands stretching fingers Exercise is a simple way to cope with arthritis.

1. Pay Attention to Your Mental Health
Did you know that living with a physical chronic condition can also lead to depression down the road? As suggested by the Arthritis Foundation, it's important to pay attention to your emotions and understand warning signs that something may be off. Some include fatigue, lost appetite, disrupted sleep and feeling more sad and anxious than usual. To avoid these feelings, spend more time with family and make time to enjoy a hobby.

2. Don't Stop Moving!
Pain in the body that comes as a result of arthritis can make it seem like you need to halt all physical activity, but that's the last thing you should do. Exercise doesn't only increase strength, improve flexibility and reduce joint pain, but it's also another great way to cope with depression that may come with arthritis, according to David Hellersstein, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

"Exercise increases strength, improves flexibility and reduces joint pain."

"[Exercise] decreases anxiety and depression, improves sleep and increases the levels of mood-improving chemicals, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that improves brain health," he told the Arthritis Foundation.

You don't need to push yourself over the edge – find a personal threshold for exercise that doesn't make life more debilitating. A simple walk in the park every day can work wonders!

3. Change Your Dietary Habits
Osteoarthritis is most commonly caused by excess weight that puts damage on the joints, wearing down the hips and knees. Losing the extra pounds and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the easiest ways to cope with arthritis or avoid the disease all together. By following the Hallelujah Diet, you'll receive vital vitamins and nutrients from wholesome vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, allowing your body to thrive. Cutting out processed meats, refined sugars and others unnatural, saturated fats can help you slash away the excess weight and prepare your body for years of healthy living. Plus, plant-based eating strengthens the immune system and reduces the inflammation that comes with arthritis!

Alongside our primarily raw, plant-based diet, we recommend our Arthritis Support kit. These supplements will give your body the resources it needs to rebuild and restore in a healthful and convenient way. Try it today!

And don't forget to check out the testimonials we've received over the years from our faithful followers!

Comments

  1. Connie Gesser June 13, 2018

    I agree that a walk in the park can do wonders for our mental and physical health.

    Many people have found that using the supplements in the joint mobility kit help their joints feel better.

  2. Jennifer June 13, 2018

    Thank you for this information. My mother deals with arthritis and I have seen her avoid physical activity due to the pain in her joints. I will try to encourage her to get out more and keep moving.

  3. agree exercise is important. I also have lupus, biggest problem is allergic to sun, no outdoor activity while sun shines. I should be juicing but no energy to do so. In the middle of a major flare up. any suggestions on energy renewal. also have 3 more auto immune diseases. thought I was healthy until this past Feb. and then it all hit me.

    • Melody Hord June 25, 2018

      Hi Linda, Hallelujah Diet statements and products have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. They are not doctors. Doctors have access to amazing diagnostic machines, so consulting a doctor may give you invaluable information as to which path to head. The Hallelujah Diet is a clean diet full of plants that helps provide ammunition for the body. A solid diet is foundational to good health, but of course, just one component. I can sympathize with you about juicing! I used to juice, but it is time consuming and can even be stressful. For me, the best alternative is blending! Blending is quick and great on the digestive tract. I make what I call “veg-smoothies”; Blended produce with low to NO sweet fruit. Here is a book on that. And BarleyMax is a wonderful product and the flagship product of Hallelujah Diet. It simply provides more nourishment to one’s diet. Since you can’t get in the sun for your body to make D3, are you supplementing with D3? Here is the HD D3. Hallelujah Diet offers a free “Living the Hallelujah Guide” that explains the Hallelujah Diet. You are welcome to call HD at 1-800-915-9355. The hours are M-F 8am-6pm and Sat. 9am-4pm EST. Thank you so much for your interest.I hope that, one step at a time, you find what helps you achieve optimal health.

  4. CarolynBCalhoun July 31, 2018

    Melody thank you for your helpful information. I have been plagued with the symptoms of arthritis for about ten years. GOT TO KEEP MOVING!! Very important. Had to give up the meat that I dearly loved…found that it was very hard on my joints. Serrapeptase, Joint Health and Silica have been of great help to me. Need to go green. Blended drink as opposed to juicing is less stressful for me. Thank for this article.

  5. Debbi White March 26, 2020

    HA when you all first started your business I don’t recall Soy in your products, however you are now using Soy!!!! And at the same time publish articles about the dangers of it! So not good. What’s really going on since George stepped down? I’m sure that I no longer order because of this it won’t affect you, and at the same time VERY misleading!

    • Melody Hord April 1, 2020

      Hi Debbi, George Malkmus loved to share about his experience when eating a primarily raw plant food diet with lots of carrot juice. He did preach against soy. Although George was always learning. When Rev. George learned something new, he would share. Along the way, he began promoting B12, and shared that folks on a plant diet need to supplement with it. Then later, he started promoting Fish oil, as it became apparent that many folks were deficient in DHA. Fish oil is a cost effective way to get DHA. He was always refining his inspiring message as he learned. The company continues that same philosophy.
      Rev. George was not an advocate of coffee or any product with caffeine. However, many studies are showing that coffee has great benefits for some people. So Hallelujah Diet honors that. With all the proven studies and the benefits of soy, Hallelujah Diet has now changed their stance that soy is bad. I admire Hallelujah Diet for wanting to set the story straight. Here is a webinar on youtube.
      I have learned so very much from Hallelujah Diet over the years. Some of their products have changed my life, for example silica. I hope you can forgive this change in their soy message.

  6. Thank you for the tips that those of us that deal with arthritis can use to make our lives more comfortable. Staying active does seem to help with any stiffness and joint pain. While I am a true proponent of Serrapeptase, and take it fairly often, I don’t want to even think of having to do without the Joint Health. I take it every single day. It has made such a difference for me.

  7. Thanks for the information.
    I know stories of stories of men and women who have made simple adjustments to their diet and who have therefore obtained enormous health benefits.

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