3 Tips to Protect Your Joints and Bones
The body is our most important possession, responsibility and tool in life, and it is up to us to give it priority, attention and care. Life comes to a grinding halt if we become ill, inflamed or broken. Everything that once seemed so important disappears if our body speaks up and demands attention in the form of pain, degeneration or disease. For this reason, we must do everything in our power to protect it, keep it healthy and strong and give it what it needs to function at its very best. This may seem obvious, but often our focus is more external. We diet and exercise with our motivation on shape and form. We take supplements based on weight loss, muscle building and perhaps a daily multi-vitamin. While all of these things are excellent and should be continued, we need to also keep in mind our internal structure, our joints and bones!
Unfortunately, the greatest risk factor for the breakdown of the skeletal system is age, and we haven’t figured out how to stop that process, so we need to focus on targeted care to slow down and prevent as much as possible. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common culprit for joint and bone pain and affects nearly 30 million adults in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The risk increases with age and tends to set in at around 55 years of age, but men may experience symptoms starting around 45 years and women at 50 years. This doesn’t need to disappoint you. It is not a guaranteed degeneration. We want to share with you the top three ways to protect your body and keep your mobility relaxed and pain free for as long as you can!
The right supplement regime can be the fundamental difference between pain and no pain as we age. There are key vitamins that support our frame like calcium, and vitamins C, D and K. Consider your diet along with your supplements as calcium can be absorbed through dairy products, types of fish like salmon and tuna and certain vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach. The right foods are invaluable because they contain more than one vitamin and mineral. Kale and spinach are rich in vitamin K. Many dairy products are enriched with vitamin D. Vitamin C is not only found in citrus but also in bell peppers, Brussel sprouts and strawberries! As we age and even when we are young, our bodies don’t always absorb all the nutrients we need, so an additional supplement along with a good diet is essential.
The primary cause of pain is the breakdown of cartilage, synovium and the synovial fluid that provide a cushion between the bones at joints. When this gets damaged from age or injury, it becomes inflamed and can cause swelling, the cartilage thins and your joints don’t get proper lubrication from the synovial fluid and begin to rub together bone on bone. This is what you do not want to happen, so you need to give your body specific care.
There are natural chemical compounds that were once produced sufficiently within your body that need to be augmented as we age like glucosamine, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and hyaluronic acid. These three are the ultimate joint trifecta in safeguarding connective tissue, synovial fluid, cartilage health and preventing pain and inflammation. If you did nothing else, these three chemical compounds would still significantly improve your future mobility.
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2. Exercise and Movement
There is a fine balance between how much you need and when it’s too much. If you are an office worker, chauffeur, couch potato or any other lifestyle that has you glued to your seat, you are at a greater risk of developing pain and OA. Your joints and muscles become stiff and often suffer from poor posture and weaken from lack of movement. When your muscles are weak, your joints and bones take all the responsibility to support your frame and weight. Gravity places a great amount of stress and pressure on your skeletal system, and it needs strong muscles to help hold the weight, even if you are a petite person.
You are also at risk if you are highly active, participate in regular sports or strenuous fitness activities. Though this is preferred over sitting all the time, be aware of the impact on your joints during aerobic movements such as running or contact sports. Take care by immediately icing sore muscles, joints or impact points on the body. When injured, be sure to rest and allow your body to heal, so you don’t cause further damage.
It’s important to find the middle ground for your body and your health when planning your fitness routine. You want to get your heart rate up and build muscle, but you don’t want to create more stress or jarring impacts on your bones and joints. It important to find what works for you body in order to keep your weight in a healthy category. When the body carries too much weight, this too deteriorates the joints and tissues creating a constant pressure on your knees, ankles, hips and lower back.
This last point may seem obvious, but poor posture is a global plague! This does not only refer to keeping your back straight while sitting in a chair. This is a daily and constant awareness of the activation of your core. Slouching can occur while sitting or standing, and it creates uneven pressures throughout the body. When you focus on keeping a straight back, inline with your hips and knees, this strengthens and protects your entire frame from neck to feet! Your posture habits will be evident as you age through your hips and back as slumping can permanently disfigure your form. So be sure to take that age old advice to sit and stand up straight!