Caring for Your Joints
The best way to care for your joints is to keep them and your muscles, ligaments, and bones strong and stable. Here are some tips for good joint health.
Healthy Weight Range for Joints
Keeping your weight within a healthy range is the best thing you can do for your joints. Losing weight reduces pressure on your knees, hips, and back and helps prevent joint injury. Weight-bearing joints, such as your knees, hips, and back, have to support some, if not all, of your body weight. Research has shown that with every pound gained, a person puts four times more stress on the knees.
Exercise for Healthy Joints
If your joints bother you, opt for exercises that won’t give your joints a pounding. Instead of step aerobics, try low-impact exercises such as swimming or bicycling.
Exercise can help you lose extra weight and Keep you healthy. Less movement means more stiffness in your joints. Every pound you lose removes 4 pounds of pressure off your knee. That lessens wear and tear in the joint, Schneiderbauer says. “You may actually slow the progress of arthritis if you lose a significant amount of weight.”
Build stronger muscles around your joints
A strong muscle will prevent a limb from slapping down on the pavement and jarring the joint Bush-Joseph says. Try to build up the muscles that surround your joint.
What is a joint and do they change?
Joints are what link our bones together and allow our skeleton to work as a functioning whole. Movable joints, like the ones that connect our legs, hips and hands, contain cartilage, a rubbery connective tissue that sits at the end of the bone. The cartilage serves as a cushion and allows your bones to glide smoothly over one another.
Over time, years of movement and extension leave the cartilage in our joints susceptible to damage. Worn cartilage becomes thinner and less resilient, which takes a toll on our unprotected bones. When you hear your knees creak or pop, for example, you’re hearing your bones rubbing against one another without a sufficient layer of cartilage between them to soften where the bones meet.
Supplements for Joint Support
In addition to eating a balanced diet and staying active, there are several natural ingredients that have proven to greatly reduce joint pain and discomfort. Two of the most powerful agents for healthy joints are Ginger and Boswellia, which together are greater than the sum of their parts.
In Ayurvedic healing, ginger is commonly referred to as vishwabhesaj, meaning ‘the universal medicine.’ For centuries, ginger has been used all over the world to treat a wide range of symptoms, including nausea, poor digestion, and chronic pain. Ginger is a natural COX-2 inhibitor, which means it discourages the enzyme responsible for inflammation. In addition, ginger works as an analgesic, or painkiller, and an antiviral protectant.
Boswellia is a tree native to India, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The tree’s resin, also called Indian frankincense, contains active Boswellic acids that have proven to provide the same anti-inflammatory benefits as traditional Western drugs, without the hindering side effects. Like ginger, Boswellia inhibits inflammatory enzymes and helps improve blood circulation to the joints. Boswellia also contains high levels of organic calcium, which unlike artificial calcium, naturally gravitates towards areas that need it the most. In addition, Boswellic acids have been known to stimulate cartilage to actually repair and regrow where it’s become frayed or worn down.
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