Keeping Joints Healthy Through Diet and Fitness
In the fast-paced environment in which we live, we can sometimes neglect the benefits of looking after ourselves naturally; in favor of going to the doctor when our bodies are out of kilter and hoping he can ‘fix’ the problem. When it comes to our joints, this kind of mentality is not worth the risk. Once the joints are damaged, sometimes there is no easy answer or pill, which will mend the problem. In this case, we need to observe our lifestyle, in terms of diet and exercise, in order to maintain our mobility into our later years.
I believe in maintaining joint health by:
Exercising (low impact, if necessary)
Watching your weight
Protecting your joints from overuse/injury
Taking joint care supplements
Eating nutritious food (of course)
The more active you are, the more your body reaps the benefits and that includes your joints. In building muscle tone, you are actively supporting your joints by creating a sound support system. If your lifestyle is sedentary with very little exercise, the impact of this means your joints will be taking the strain, rather than your muscles, leaving yourself open to damage and pain.
If you are overweight, the best tonic for your joints is to lose those unnecessary extra pounds. Your entire body will thank you for it and none more so than your joints. The chance of developing Osteoarthritis is a real possibility if you remain the same weight, as you get older.
Exercise, along with a healthy diet, can help you to jumpstart weight loss if you’re overweight, and this can lead to tremendous improvements in your joint pain. Exercise can also improve bone density and joint function, which can help prevent and alleviate osteoarthritis as you age.
It always seems to be that whatever is put into your mouth can either cause or heal problems. This is definitely the case in terms of your joint health. A balanced diet, rich in fruit, vegetables and fish is the best way to help your joints. To get those all-important inflammation-reducing Omega 3s into your system, eat at least 2 portions of fish per week. Beans and pulses should be included in your diet, as they are crucial in helping your body repair itself. Try to avoid too much sugar in your diet, as it can cause inflammation in the body and make any joint pain worse.
Foods rich in Antioxidants which help to support your joints, include:
Oranges, Grapefruit and Papaya
Avocado, Sunflower Seeds and Peanut Butter
Brazil Nuts, Oats and Brown Rice
Salmon, Sardines, Walnuts and Flaxseed Oil
Sesame Seeds, Almonds, Pulses and Dried Figs
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