An in­flam­ma­tory is­sue

Keep­ing your joints strong and sup­ple is key to a life of en­joy­ment of all things phys­i­cal.

Element - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

Flex­i­ble Eat­ing

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.

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