Explore These Simple Steps to Help Your Joints

As you enter your 40s, you’re sure to have noticed that joint pains are starting to become a more common occurrence. And as we continue to age, the risk of joint pain rapidly increases.

The Causes of Joint Pain

As the name suggests, joint pain refers to the discomfort, aches and soreness in any of the body’s joints.

There are a number of causes for joint pain, but some of the more common ones are injury, unusual exertion or overuse, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus1. These diseases cause your immune system to mistake parts of the body as foreign substances, turning it against itself, leading to pain and inflammation.

Simple Solutions for Joint Pain

Whatever the cause of your pain though, you can usually manage it with medication, physical therapy, alternative treatments or proper nutrition. While medical treatment can ease suffering, prevention from joint pain certainly is a better approach. Here are a couple of simple steps you could implement to help prevent joint pain.

A Proper Diet

Doctors agree that diet has a significant effect on joint pain management. Eating highly processed foods, processed meats and foods filled with saturated fats and sugar can create inflammation in the body leading to arthritis.

Doctors say that while planning a balanced diet, we should give priority to food that’s rich in Vitamin C and E like broccoli and green leafy vegetables, which help combat diseases like arthritis, cardiovascular disease or cancer.

What’s more, Vitamin C – which can also be found in fruit like oranges and strawberries – plays an important role in the formation of cartilage, collagen and joint tissue. It also reduces inflammation and relieves joint pain.

Another important nutrient is Vitamin D, which stimulates calcium absorption while strengthening bones. Together with calcium, it also prevents the degradation of bones. You can find both of these in milk powder. Magnesium and potassium, in turn, help stop the leakage of calcium from bones and stimulate bone-forming cells.

Get Moving

There’s a common misconception that exercising makes joint pains worse, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Physical activity actually helps maintain mobility, combats obesity and increases flexibility.

It’s always safe to start with low-impact aerobic exercises, but be sure to consult your doctor before starting with any physical activity to decide what’s best for you.

Your 40s are the prime of your life. You’re at the top of your game professionally and personally – so, why let something like joint pain slow you down? Try some of these tips out to help make sure that joint pain doesn’t get in the way of your life.

References

  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003261.htm
  2. http://www.healthinaging.org/aging-and-health-a-to-z/topic:joint-problems/
  3. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/004015.htm
  4. https://livegreat.greateasternlife.com/sg/article.htm?cn=Healthy%20Ageing&an=19
  5. http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-ways-relieve-and-prevent-joint-pain
  6. http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/8-foods-fight-arthritis#7
  7. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20047971

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