Tips for Enjoying a Happy and Safe 4th of July Despite Arthritis Pain
When you think of achy and painful joints, most people think that rainy or cold days are the worst. But, if you suffer from arthritis you know that the warm humid summer months can be just as painful.
Don’t let arthritis pain keep you from enjoying family and friends this 4th of July holiday. The experts at the Arthritis Center of Atlanta are offering these simple tips to help you enjoy a painless day filled with fun, food and friends:
Wear the Appropriate Clothing
What you wear can have a real impact on how you feel. Opt for light airy clothing on hot days. Natural fabrics featuring loose fits won’t feel restrictive or too hot. Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Again, lighter styles are best, and will not put pressure on sensitive ankles. Good arch support can also keep knees from hurting after a long day on your feet.
Stay as Cool as You Can
While staying in an air-conditioned building may feel the most comfortable on a hot sticky July day, that’s no fun. Get out and enjoy the festivities despite the heat by implementing a few of these tips:
- Seek Shade: position your favorite lounge chair under a shade tree during parades, picnics and other outdoor activities.
- Bring along a battery-operated fan (or better yet, a misting fan): this is a great way to beat the heat on a hot summer’s day.
- Freeze a few water bottles: not only will they supply an endless stream of icy cold drinks throughout the day (remember dehydration can induce inflammation and arthritis pain), but they can also be used as an ice pack to soothe aching joints.
- Go for a dip in the pool: splashing around in a cool pool isn’t just for kids; adults can enjoy it too. Not only will the cool water help you stay cool, but it can reduce swelling around your joints as well as offer a buoyant stress-free way to get some exercise without any pain.
- Hydrate with some cool drinks: enjoy plenty of iced non-alcoholic drinks to stay cool and hydrated.
Make Smart Food Choices
What’s a holiday without plenty of special treats to enjoy? The Fourth of July is a great day to indulge, but be careful; some foods can induce inflammation which could cause mild to severe arthritis pain. While eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as grilled protein and plenty of fish are always good choices, you may want to steer clear of these inflammation-inducing foods:
- Gluten: if you are sensitive to gluten, eating anything with wheat may cause your body to overreact which can induce inflammation (which ultimately increase the discomfort from arthritis).
- MSG: most commonly used in Asian recipes, MSG is also added to processed and prepared foods as well as deli meats. Known to cause inflammation, it is one ingredient you will want to avoid when battling the effects of arthritis.
- Refined Carbohydrates: These high glycemic foods are known to induce inflammation. When eaten in excess, they can increase arthritis pain.
- Trans Fats: found in most baked goods, fast foods and frozen entrees, trans fats have been shown to increase inflammation levels even in healthy people. Those with chronic conditions should limit their intake of trans fats to avoid inciting an attack.
- Saturated Fats: these have been shown to increase arthritis inflammation and pain.
Arthritis pain does not have to put a damper on your holiday fun. To learn more about ways you can stave off the effects of arthritis, call for an appointment at the Arthritis Center of Atlanta today. Our qualified staff is ready to help you learn how to better manage your arthritis – especially during these hot, humid months.