Let’s face it, none of us are getting any younger (unless you’ve found the Fountain of Youth).
As we get older our joints begin to feel a little achy and may even sound like that squeaky door we’ve wanted to get fixed for so long now! Well there are solutions.
Joint health is very important to maintain as one ages. One major cause of arthritis and joint pain is the lack of magnesium in one’s body. Arthritis is the most common type of joint problem as the years increase. About 27 million Americans are affected by arthritis, and half of Americans that are over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with it. Arthritis tends to target the knees, hips, hands, spines and even shoulders.
But don’t stress out, because the best way to prevent joint pain is to relax! One cure is an Epsom salt bath! Epsom salt is rich in magnesium as well as sulfate which are easily absorbed through the skin. Sulfates that are in Epsom salt aid in joint protection.
Take it easy. As we move, we are continually using our joints, and they need a break! Walking down stairs, your poor knees take a force up to five times greater than your body weight!
Remember our last post about food and mood? It talked about those fatty omega-3s, which despite the name are actually really good for you. Turns out that they are also beneficial to decreasing inflammation of the joints.
Not just omega-3, but antioxidants found in berries and other delicious foods help fight against free radicals that damage joints and contribute to their constant discomfort.
Work…but not too hard
Yoga and stretching are great to help ease the tension that joints build up. Don’t overly work your joints but make sure that they are working. Walking, stretching and other low impact exercises are perfect when taking care of you joints.
You use your joints every day, so be good to them. Spend some time relaxing in a nice Epsom salt bath, eat healthy food to prevent discomfort and do some stretching to keep your joints active.