Before a drop ever hits the ground, do you know it’s about to rain? “Many of my patients tell me they can predict the weather based on their joint pain,” said Anita Cornett, MD, an internal medicine specialist with Baptist Health Corbin.
“There is some evidence that a rise in humidity and drop in barometric pressure result in an increase of stiffness and swelling in joints, but most studies have not shown convincing connection,” Dr. Cornett added.
Even though you can’t control the weather, here are some things you can do to curb inflammation:
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and nuts.
- Add vitamins K and C to your diet; think leafy greens for K and oranges and red peppers for C.
- Get off the couch. Even if it’s raining out, you can still get some indoor exercise – try yoga, dancing or lifting weights.
- Use a topical anti-inflammatory cream.