Top Tips For Healthy Joints
In life, so many things happen at once and we are constantly kept on our toes. It is because of this that most of us don’t really think about our joints until they start hurting.
The trick to healthier joints is constant attention and care. Prevention being the best medicine when it comes to joint pain. If we look after our joints, we could possibly help lessen a few issues that might appear as we age. With that in mind, here are 6 top tips for healthy joints.
When you smoke, you increase the level of inflammation throughout your body, and it can make it harder for your body to recover and heal.
Of course, it can be difficult to quit smoking but there are a number of helpful tips and tricks from the Nicorette app. Feel free to check-in and review.
When it comes to keeping our joints as healthy as we can, it is important to keep them in mind with the exercise we do. You don’t want to pound on your joints with heavy-duty exercise as this will only cause pain.
Try going low impact with activities such as:
Watching our weight can be a stressful and frustrating task but it really will help with joint pain and keeping your joints healthier.
Carrying extra weight only adds stress to your joints, especially the weight-bearing joints such as the knees. Studies have found that weight loss significantly reduces knee pain, function, and stiffness associated with knee osteoarthritis.
Focus on an anti-inflammatory diet
An anti-inflammatory diet involves avoiding foods that can only hinder your arthritis and joint health.
Avoid foods such as:
- Processed sugar
- Fast foods
- Nightshade Vegetables – like tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers
Try and increase your intake of:
- Foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids – such as fish
- Whole grains
- Lean protein
Vitamins & Minerals
Calcium and Vitamin D can help. Dairy products are the very best source of calcium, then we have green leafy vegetables.
You actually need vitamin D in order to absorb calcium into the body. Here in Ireland, we don’t get a lot of suns (which helps produce vitamin D) so we need to source it elsewhere and a great way of doing so is through Vitamin D supplements.
If you are unsure, please consult your doctor and they can help.
Listen to your Joints
It is important to listen to your body, the goal of maintaining healthy joints is to decrease pain and reduce stress or burden placed on them.
Always remember to:
- Pay attention to pain signals
- Balance your activity and rest – don’t overdo activities
- Avoid activities that put excess stress on your joints or increase pain
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