Do you have sore, aching joints? Do you struggle to wake up in the morning because your joints are stiff?
These top tips will help you to manage your joint pain.
Moving your body helps to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation and improve overall mood. Lack of movement can increase pain and stiffness in the joints, so ensuring regular exercise is really important. Exercises such as swimming, water aerobics, riding a bike, yoga and Pilates are low impact on the joints.
2. Boost antioxidants
Boosting antioxidant intake is vital for those with joint pain. Antioxidants basically calm down inflammation and fight against free radicals which can cause damage to cells and tissues. Vitamin C (found in citrus fruit, capsicum, berries and kiwi) and Selenium (found in brazil nuts, seafood and eggs) are brilliant antioxidants.
3. Raw juicing
Regularly juicing fresh vegetables and fruits is really beneficial for overall health. Raw juice contains potent antioxidants, living enzymes and antibacterial properties which help to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation and acidity in the body, to keep the connective tissue healthy. See Dr Cabot’s book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life for delicious therapeutic juice recipes.
4. Maintain healthy tissues
Your joints, ligaments and muscles need particular nutrients to stay healthy and happy. If you are low in these nutrients, the joints and muscles can become damaged and the risk of inflammation and pain is increased. Vitamin C, silica, MSM and biotin are required for healthy collagen production. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is needed to keep the joints strong and flexible.
5. Ditch the sugar
Sugar is highly inflammatory to the body. If you suffer from joint pain, eating a diet high in sugar will not do you any favours. Exert your will power and say no to donuts, ice cream, soft drink, lollies, flavoured milks and chocolate bars. Your joints will thank you for it!