Take Care Of Your Joints!
General advice for caring for joints
If you suffer from chronic joint pain, you are by no means alone. With more than one third of adults over 60 living with joint pain, too often we accept aching joints as an inevitable part of aging. The good news is we have more control over joint pain than you might think. Simple changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle have proven highly effective in easing pain, protecting the cartilage, and regaining mobility.
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.
Natural care for joints:
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, and natural supplements, is the first step towards relieving pain and preventing further damage. Simple lifestyle changes go a long way towards improving your joint health and many find making these changes lead to increased mobility, flexibility, and stamina.
It may feel counterintuitive to exercise when your joints are achy, however regular movement is key to keeping your joints flexible and strong. Even something as gentle as daily knee bends or neck circles will encourage your range of motion and relieve tension and stiffness.
Low impact exercises such as walking, swimming, gardening, or tai chi, over time increase bone density, improve muscle strength, and keep your joints from becoming swollen or stiff. It’s important to listen to your body and increase the intensity of your workouts slowly and gently, warm up and cool down with stretching and slow walking to reduce the risk of injury, and always remember to drink plenty of water.
Often times just eating a nutritious diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins can have a huge positive influence on joint pain, not to mention your overall health and well-being.
Eating foods that reduce inflammation, a common cause of sore joints, will help further target and relieve pain. Inflammation is an immunological process that, when functioning properly, protects us from foreign bacteria and infections. However, sometimes the immune system triggers inflammation even when there are no foreign invaders to be found. The immune system then becomes a harmful interference and causes the affected area to feel swollen and agitated.
Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, like salmon, cod, herring, walnuts, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds, serve as a natural anti-inflammatory by encouraging the production of “pro-resolution molecules” that signal our immune system to back off where it isn’t needed.
Incorporating fatty acids and proper nutrients into your diet is a simple and effective way of managing your symptoms and improving your daily life. In addition, taking natural joint health supplements, like Flexiqule, can bolster the support of these nutrients and accelerate joint pain relief.
Joint Care Supplements
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.