Natural substances, used topically, help muscles relax and heal. Arnica gel, cream, lotion, or oil, rubbed on sore areas, speeds recovery. A relaxing evening bath with Epsom salt, which contains magnesium, or with bath salts that contain a combination of
FOR ACHY JOINTS: Glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid supplements, taken on a regular basis, can protect against damage during exercise and in daily life, and relieve discomfort.
Glucosamine and chondroitin nourish and help rebuild cartilage that cushions joints, and are often found in joint-health formulas. Collagen, the “glue” that holds tissues together, is found in ligaments, tendons, and other components of joints and can help prevent their degeneration. Hyaluronic acid holds moisture, which keeps joints lubricated, supple, and flexible.