My husband is passionate about building, renovating and bringing old spaces to modern life. As a contractor, he loves working with his hands, but that has come with a price. The repetitive movements of handling tools lead to osteoarthritis of his hands and lower back. We both understand the pain, defeat and frustration arthritis can bring to our lives. Some days feel impossible because completing a small task like, buttoning up your favourite shirt is a challenge. June is Men's Health Month in the U.S, so think about these strategies to help the men in your life to cope with arthritis:
1. Make small changes to improve your eating habits throughout the day.
Here are a few arthritis-friendly foods to help decrease inflammation and strengthen your bones :
Spinach- is rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamin K, which are all necessary to build healthy bones. Spinach also contains an antioxidant, kaempferol, which has been proven to decrease inflammation in people who have rheumatoid arthritis.
Fish- is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, in particular omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory effects and help regulate blood pressure. As well as, fish are packed with vitamin D, which is necessary to build and maintain strong bones. Salmon and mackerel are the types of fish you would want to consume to receive these benefits!
Berries- are the strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. They are filled with antioxidants, which have been proven to decrease inflammation. You can add this to any meal- a smoothie for breakfast or tossed in a salad for lunch!