As we get older, many of us start to notice our joints. Stiff, painful joints can prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities. Luckily, there are a number of simple things you can do to improve the health of your joints.
Keep your joints limber. Remember to get up and move around throughout the day, particularly if your job requires you to sit or stand for extended periods. Gentle daily stretching and low impact exercises- yoga, swimming, bicycling and walking- help to keep joints flexible and strong. Weight lifting strengthens bones and builds muscle to take some of the stress off of the joints. Talk to your doctor about what exercise regimens are right for you.
Be kind to your joints. If you feel pain when engaging in an activity, take a break. Use large joints instead of small joints to accomplish tasks when possible- for instance, when carrying groceries, loop the bag handles over your elbow instead of using your hands. Hot baths, massage and heating pads can also reduce joint pain.
A diet rich in calcium, omega-3s and vitamin D is critical to bone and joint health. Fatty fish, nuts and seeds provide omega-3s. Broccoli, leafy greens and milk have calcium, and sunshine is your best source for vitamin D. Supplements like Minami Nutrition MorEPA Platinum that include Vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium may help support joint health. Consider adding a targeted joint health supplement to your dietary regimen, as well. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are substances that the body produces naturally, but like many vitamins, your body may need a little boost. Hyaluronic acid is another substance naturally produced by the body which provides lubrication for the joints. We recommend Jarrow Formulas Glucosamine + Chondroitin + MSM, which contains the antioxidant mineral methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), or Doctor's Best: Best Hyaluronic Acid, which combines hyaluronic acid with chondroitin sulfate and collagen for joint health. Supporting your joint health with exercise, a little pampering and dietary change will help you stay active.