Taking Care of Your Joints

Young man holding elbowJoint health is imperative to our everyday activities, whether it be working out, walking around town, or even doing yard work.
Experiencing any type of stiffness, swelling, and pain in the joints can have extremely limiting effects on our mobility and activity, and unfortunately, deteriorating joint health is associated with aging.

So what can you do to protect your joints?

Exercise

According to medical professionals, exercise improves joint pain and joint health in several ways.
First off, exercise strengthens the muscles around the joints. Maintaining muscle strength around the joints improves bone support. Consequently, not exercising “weakens those supporting muscles, creating more stress on your joints.” [1]
Secondly, exercise is imperative for weight management. The heavier you are, the more wear and tear is placed on weight-bearing joints like the back, hips, and knees. By exercising you are not only improving your joint function and health, you are also making it easier on your joints.
Some exercises recommended for those experiencing arthritis pains include the following:

• Aerobic Exercises
• Strengthening Exercises
• Range-of-Motion Exercises.

Exercise may be the last thing running through your mind when you are experiencing joint pain. However, even conservative exercise like light swimming and other low-impact exercises have beneficial effects on joint health. Regardless of what activity you decide upon, know your limits. Don’t place added and unnecessary stress on your joints and body.

Practice Good Posture

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That’s right, even the way you sit down at your desk has an effect on joint health. Good posture helps alleviate pressure and stress placed on the weight-bearing joints, thus, protecting the joints. [2]
Here are some tips to help you improve your posture so you can preserve joint health: [3]

• Avoid slouching. Change sitting positions at work every so often and make sure to get up every 30-40 minutes to stretch and walk around.
• Try to keep the ears, shoulders, and hips in one continuous vertical line.
• Consider using a footstool/footrest for your feet to rest on while sitting at a desk.
• Arrange your monitor/desk height at work to allow for proper posture.

Being mindful of your posture at all times is the key to correcting poor posture. Another key for improve your walking posture is this: When entering a room, your forehead shouldn’t enter before your chest.

Supplement Right

Supplementing with joint-support products is a smart way to optimize joint health. However, keep in mind not all joint-support supplements are created equal. Here are some specific ingredients to look for when choosing an appropriate supplement:

Glucosamine Sulfate
This ingredient is used to improve symptoms of arthritis, more specifically osteoarthritis. Glucosamine sulfate has been shown to reduce pain and is also being studied for its ability to potentially slowdown the breakdown of joints. [4]
SAM-e
SAM-e is a chemical found to improve osteoarthritis. According to medical authorities, SAM-e is beneficial because it ameliorates pain. SAM-e has been show to work as effectively as asprin. [5]
Celadrin
According to the manufacturer, Celadrin is an all-natural proprietary ingredient “that has been clinically proven to reduce pain and rapidly promote joint health.” [6]
FruiteX-B
Also known as calcium fructoborate, this ingredient has been researched for its ability to improve pain.
One study shows calcium fructoborate affects inflammatory pathways; however, its exact mechanism of action is still being researched. [7]

Joint health is important for everyday function regardless of whether you are an athlete or a sedentary businessman. Don’t let age wear away at your joints and overall health. Implement a healthy exercise regimen and supplement with research-based ingredients to improve your joint health. Also, depending on your personal circumstance, we recommend consulting with your physician to see what else you can do to improve your joints.

References

[1] Mayo Clinic Staff. “Exercise helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness.” Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20047971

[2] “How to Prevent Osteoarthritis.” University of Rochester Medical Center. Available from: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=1411

[3] “Ten Tips for Improve Posture and Ergonomics.” Available from: Spine-Health.com

[4] Glucosamine Sulfate. WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-807-GLUCOSAMINE%20SULFATE.aspx?activeIngredientId=807&activeIngredientName=GLUCOSAMINE%20SULFATE

[5] SAMe. WebMD. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-786-SAMe.aspx?activeIngredientId=786&activeIngredientName=SAMe

[6] Celadrin. Available from: http://www.celadrininfo.com/

[7] Hank Schultz. “Study finds calcium fructobrate lessens knee pain.” 23-June-2014. Available from: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Study-finds-calcium-fructoborate-lessens-knee-pain

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