Saturday, March 9, 2013

Natural Joint Strength

       I read a few articles today about nutrition for joint pain.  Allow me to share.    Many people experience joint pain for various reasons.  This pain usually arises from heavy stress on the joints, which is often caused by improper form or environment.  Along with muscle recovery, pay attention to your joints.  Flexibility and strong tendons help avoid injury as well as improving blood flow to help your overall health.

       Vitamin C helps the immune system function.  It's commonly found in oranges, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli and many other fruits and vegetables.  With vitamin C, you know you've had to much when your stool is softer than normal.  If your body is absorbing a lot of vitamin C you may need a few servings.

       Don't forget vitamin E.  This vitamin is important for many reasons, one of it's most well-known is it's anti-oxidizing properties.  It can be found in wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, almonds, dark-leafy vegetables as well as other green or orange fruits and vegetables.  This works with vitamin C to repair the cells throughout the body including the joints.

       Omega-3 fatty acids are an important oil that helps movement.  It's found in fish, olives, free-range eggs, and various seed or nut oils.  It reduces joint pain and is anti-inflammatory.  Try mixing various seeds and nuts into meals to get more Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.

       Pineapple which has a good mix of these vitamins and other helpful minerals and fiber. Last but not least, Papaya with great healing and recovery properties. Basically  switch up your diet.  Try having some tropical fruits, with some dark-leafy greens and flax seed.

       One final thing to remember, the physical aspects contributing to joint pain.  Environment and right form are big factors.  Get good insoles if you're walking on hard surfaces often, take time every few hours to stretch your hands if you are on a computer all day.  Whenever exercising focus on the movement and correct it till it feels right.  Watch videos or learn from other people's form as it helps.

       Thanks for reading.  I hope you found something useful.  I'll be posting more soon.
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