Are Your Joints Wearing Thin?

29 Jan 2014 12:03 PM-
Do you experience swollen and painful joints? Do your
knees, hips and knuckles feel like they are on fire? Are you
finding it harder to be active and agile? These complaints
are common symptoms of arthritis. The word arthritis, when
translated from the Greek words, arthron and itis, simply means
“joint inflammation”. There are many different types of arthritis,
the most common being osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a
debilitating condition that is commonly seen in middle aged
and older people; the constant pain and reduced mobility can
make simple, everyday tasks more challenging and greatly
impair quality of life.

The Impact of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a slowly progressing disease that involves
degradation of the soft cushioning around the joints. It can
lead to significant pain and inflammation in the joint, as well
as loss of movement. The condition commonly targets the hips
and knees, however many smaller joints such as the fingers
and spine can also be affected. Unfortunately, the damage
may already be done by the time you notice the discomfort.
With the aid of quality nutrients, the symptoms of arthritis can
be reduced and managed more effectively, enabling you to do
things that may have been previously limited.
Do you suffer from pain, swelling and inflammation in your
joints? Ask us how we can help alleviate these symptoms.

Nutrients for Knees and Hips

The following nutrients are a fantastic way to provide
therapeutic benefits to help alleviate pain, swelling and
inflammation in your joints:
• Glucosamine: Is a key building block for your joints.
It may stimulate the production of substances which lubricate
and act as shock-absorbers for the joints. Glucosamine
encourages the rebuilding of cartilage that has been
damaged and can be used as long-term support to protect
against joint degeneration.
• Gelatin: Supports healthy joint structure and connective
tissue repair. Gelatin may help reduce the pain of
osteoarthritis and reduce requirements for pain relief
medication. Patients with osteoarthritis noticed an increase
in mobility and strength in affected knees after gelatin
supplementation.
• Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): Is a naturally-occurring
nutrient found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables.
As well as having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,
MSM is an essential building block especially for joints and
cartilage. Combining glucosamine and MSM has been
shown to be superior compared to using either nutrient
alone, resulting in greater reductions in the pain and
swelling of osteoarthritis.
• EPA/DHA: The omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA/DHA)
from fish oil can help to reduce the intensity of pain,
inflammation and morning stiffness associated with arthritis.

Looking After Your Joints

Adopting the following simple dietary and lifestyle tips, can
help keep your joints healthy and happy for years to come:
• Stay active. Exercising is essential to keep those joints mobile
so try activities such as swimming, walking, cycling, yoga
and daily stretching as these are great ways to keep your
joints moving.
• Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for supporting
joint health. Carrying extra weight can put pressure on
your joints, especially hips and knees.
• Enjoy at least eight glasses or two litres of pure water each
day. Reduce caffeinated beverages to one to two per day
and minimise alcohol intake.
• Eating a diet that is full of anti-inflammatory foods can
optimise your long-term health and vitality, as well as
support your joints from top to toe. Aim for a diet plentiful
in fruits and vegetables, unrefined grains and protein-rich
foods such as fish, poultry, nuts and seeds. Also remember
to limit lean red meats and sweets.

Use It or Lose It

There is a great deal of truth in the old adage “use it or lose
it”. Stay active and take positive dietary and lifestyle steps to
keep you and your joints healthy and happy. Looking after
the nutritional needs of your joints can help minimise their
degeneration, as well as improve the pain, inflammation and
impaired mobility of arthritis. If your joints have worn a little
thin over the years, come in and talk to us today. We can help
you optimise your joint health, reclaim your freedom and live
the life you wish to lead.

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