An Introduction to Joint Health
Everyone wants to move freely without stiffness and discomfort, but achy and creaky joints are often considered to be an inevitable consequence of growing older. The good news: There are some natural ways to preserve your joints that are simple and life-enhancing in other ways, too.
Tips for Supporting Joint Health
- Cut back on — or better yet, eliminate — grain-derived processed foods and sugar. If you eat like most Americans, most of your diet is made up of processed food products, meat, and dairy. For a multitude of reasons, these types of foods are really bad for your joints.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is when the body repairs itself. At least 7-8 hours of restful sleep is necessary for optimal maintenance of body parts
- De-stress. The modern world is saturated with stress. Continually “running from the tiger” inhibits normal repair functions in the body and allows tissues to breaks down.
- Stay active, but not excessively so. Regular physical activity stimulates repair functions in the body and helps maintain healthy joints. Excessive physical stress, however, accelerates wear-and-tear.
- Practice yoga. Yoga stretches ligaments and enhances joint support without increasing wear & tear. Many top athletes now include yoga as an important part of their regular workout routine.
- Get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. Maintaining a healthy omega-3 ratio can help reduce cartilage erosion and help thicken the synovial membrane. Both krill oil and fish oil are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but krill oil has the advantage of providing the omega-3 fatty acids in easily absorbed phospholipid form, as opposed to the triglyceride form found in fish oil. In addition, krill provides astaxanthin – a highly potent antioxidant.
- Support your joints with natural substances. Turmeric, boswellia, and glucosamine are at the top of the list.
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