An inflammatory issue
Keeping your joints strong and supple is key to a life of enjoyment of all things physical.
Strong and supple joints are the hardest-working part of the musculo-skeletal system. They quite literally carry a heavy load. Weight-bearing and flexible, joints are everywhere, neck to ankles, hips to wrists, knees and shoulders. Joint health is a major factor in deciding quality of life.
Just like a door hinge, our joints need supple, free movement. As hinges grow stiff and rusty, joints get stiff and inflamed.
Joint pain is caused by inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis for example, is an auto-immune disease characterised by chronic inflammation. For healthy and pain-free joints the key is preventing and reducing inflammation, which happily also supports joint rejuvenation. There are simple and proven steps to take when fighting inflammation and our primary weapon is nutrition.
Choose an anti-inflammatory diet. I use it to address many health issues and I am not alone. An excellent source of information on an effective anti-inflammatory diet is ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Anti-Inflammation Diet’ by Christopher Cannon, MD, a cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. I like the book and it is good to see the heart of establishment medicine following long-held naturopathic principles.
Join the Freedom Movement
For supple joints; it’s ‘move it or lose it’ and it is never too late to exercise for benefits with freedom of movement and pain relief. Both juvenile arthritis and osteo (habitually worsening with age) benefit from regular exercise. Any form of activity is helpful. Form daily habits of walking and gardening with swimming a particularly helpful weekly exercise. Both Tai-Chi lifting weights have been repeatedly proven beneficial for those people with advanced joint issues.