With the cold weather setting in, many people may start to feel some aches and pains from rheumatoid arthritis, old injuries and other joint and bone related diseases like gout, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. There are some who may start to experience niggling aches and pains in joints. Osteoporosis is a big problem and with almost three million people in the UK estimated to suffer, it should not be taken lightly. Post menopausal women are especially at risk due to a drop in oestrogen hormone.

As people age, the risk for joint and bone related issues will generally increases due to the capacity of making the required building formation of tissues and bones as this will tend to naturally decline. This does not however mean that one will definitely develop these conditions as they get older. It just means the chances are higher.

Another factor may be that as people age, there may be a reduction of physical activity.

With the right lifestyle, diet and supplements, there are many things one can do to keep it at bay, postpone the onset or keep it under control with the minimum discomfort.

In osteoporosis, bones lose density and become fragile; with osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the hips, knees and fingers break down. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immunity system attacks tissue that surrounds the joints. With most of these, the most common signs and symptoms are pain, stiffness, redness and often swelling in the affected areas. This is often due to the inflammation in the area.

Prevention and control can start with regular exercise to increase muscle, along with stretching for flexibility. All this can slow down the loss of muscle mass, whilst also strengthening bones and reducing joint and muscle pain.

Diet can play an important part in the health of the musculoskeletal system. Processed foods and heavily refined foods can often lack essential nutrients like those of fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals needed for bone development and joint support. So it’s important to eat a well balanced diet of natural wholesome foods and cooked sensibly to retain natural goodness. Eat sufficient protein – meat, poultry and fish for bone and muscle growth; foods such as tofu, nuts and seeds – make sure there are essential fats like EPA eicosapentaenoic acid, GLA gamma linoleic acid. Omega 3 is especially good for its anti inflammatory benefits.

With ageing, the production of collagen, which is found in tendons, ligaments, skin, cartilage, bones and blood vessels, slows down and that is when the visible signs of ageing occur with signs of joints becoming less flexible, skin losing its plump firmness and elasticity. Collagen supplements are available.

Hyaluronic acid is also great for the joints, but again is produced less with ageing. HA is a protein that occurs naturally in the body and is found in the synovial fluid of joints for lubrication. It is also found in the skin and fluid of the eyes.

Get your nutrients topped up with supplements if you feel you may be lacking them from your daily diet. You may be pleasantly surprised with positive results.

 

Love and Sparkles

Samsara x

 

 

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