Tips to Support Your Joint Health

Tips to Support Your Joint Health

We don't really pay attention to our joints, until they begin to bother us. If they do, then the discomfort can be unbearable and even lead to chronic conditions. We have compiled our top tips for you to support your joint health, so if you've started noticing creaks and clicks in your joints, then this article is for you. 

 

What causes Joint Pain?

Joint pain is usually felt in hands, feed, hips, knees, or the spine. It's a very common issue and can be persistent or fluctuating. The joint may feel stiff, achy or sore, while some people complain of a throbbing or "grating" sensation. It can also be worse in the morning and feel better throughout the day with movement and activity. 

It's more common in older people, as the rubbery connective tissue, called cartilage, that cushions our joints, breaks down with age. 

Joint pain can severely affect the quality of life and should therefore be taken seriously, even if it starts mildly or occasionally. 

 

Our Tips to Support your Joint Health

Stay Active

Staying active and exercising regularly helps your joint health in several ways. First of all, you're already supporting your joint health by maintaining a healthy weight. Carrying excess body weight adds stress to the weight-bearing joints particularly. Studies have shown that weight-loss significantly reduced stiffness in knees, knee pain and function. 

Secondly, strengthening your muscles that support your joints takes some of the weight off them. Do strengthening exercises to increase the stability of your joints, while decreasing pain at the same time.

And lastly, movement eases joint stiffness and reduces joint pain, and provides the benefits mentioned above. Your joints allow for the movement your body naturally needs, so preserve or even improve your range of motion by extending, bending and rotating each of your joints regularly. 

Eat an anti-inflammatory diet

Joint pain and stiffness is associated with inflammation in your body. You can counteract this by eating an anti-inflammatory diet and avoid foods that cause inflammation. Some studies suggest that the best diet to manage inflammation is the Mediterranean diet. We suggest foods that are rich in antioxidants, like fresh fruit and vegetables (especially dark leafy greens); selenium-rich foods, such as brazil nuts and whole grains, and spices, like ginger, turmeric, rosemary and thyme. 

Stop Smoking

Smoking isn't just linked to your lung health. Many people don't actually know that smoking also increases the risk of osteoporosis. Smoking also increases the risk of bone injury; therefore, if you're a smoker and suffer from joint pain, stopping would be a great step towards better joint and bone health.

Support yourself with supplements

If you're already doing the above points (and even if not), another way to support your joint health is by taking supplements. Supplements, alongside a balanced diet, are a great way of ensuring you cover all your nutritional needs. The two most important nutrients for joint health are Vitamin D and Calcium. Most people get enough calcium through their diet, however Vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption, and approximately 1 in 5 people in the UK is Vitamin D deficient. Therefore a Vitamin D supplement is a good start for anyone looking to support their joint health.

Wild Nutrition's Food-Grown Vitamin D is made from real food and therefore increases the bioavailability for your body. 

Wild Nutrition Vitamin D
The Nue Co has formulated a supplement specifically for Joint Support; introducing The Nue Co Joints! It focuses on regenerating your joints and improving joint mobility with natural ingredients, like Calcium, Curcumin and Black Pepper. 
The Nue Co Joints

 

To both improve your joint health and support joint movement, Anatome has formulated the Joint + Movement Support Capsules. These capsules are ideal to take after a workout, to reduce any discomfort in your joints. They also contain natural ingredients, like Boswellia and Turmeric to protect your joints from oxidative stress and reduce symptoms of pain and swelling.

 

Anatome Joint and Movement Capsules

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