Do Joint Pain and Ageing Go Hand and Hand?
As the old adage goes, move it or lose it. Joints need regular movement/physical activity to remain healthy. Every person can benefit from exercise, regardless of age, gender or physical ability. Exercise helps to increase energy, strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain and can ease symptoms of arthritis. However, as we age our joints and muscles tend to weaken and ache, which may cause you to be less mobile. Why do
joints fail us as we age? Changes in joints can happen as early as our 20s and 30s, but stiffness, pain and inflammation may increase in frequency by our 40s through the 60s. Cartilage damage can be a result of high impact sports, obesity, wear and tear, and ageing. Joint pain accompanied with inflammation in the joint capsule is termed arthritis (‘arthr’ = joint, ‘itis’ = inflammation). Persistent inflammation reduces mobility, and if not remedied over the long term, can deform the joint. The most common form of joint disease is Osteoarthritis – a degenerative disease of the joints affecting populations worldwide. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that permits joint motion. In Osteoarthritis, the slick surface of the cartilage becomes rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, you may be left with bone rubbing on bone. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine. Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain whereby your joint may hurt during or after movement. According to the Mayo Clinic, your joint(s) may feel tender when you apply light pressure. You may experience joint stiffness, most noticeable when you wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity. You may not be able to move your joint through its full range of motion. You may hear or feel a grating sensation when you use the joint. These extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, may form around the affected joint. The affected joint(s) may also appear larger than usual, warm to the touch and you may notice a loss of muscle around the area.
Prevention and Reduction of Inflammation is The Key
Arthritis seems almost inevitable, so early prevention and reduction of inflammation can play a significant role in healing joints and the reduction of cartilage and bone loss as you age. Natural health supplements with anti-inflammatory properties are potent treatment agents for osteoarthritis. Sisu No.7 Joint Complex brings together 7 bio-active nutrients that relieve joint pain and stiffness. It can help increase mobility, flexibility and range of motion in sensitive joints. Repair and rebuild your joints with Sisu GLS and Chondroitin Sulfate. The healing and anti-inflammatory effects of glucosamine and chondroitin result in less pain and can improve joint
mobility. Glucosamine helps repair joint tissue, while chondroitin sulphate protects cartilage from damage and accelerates healing. A potent anti-inflammatory such as Sisu Full Spectrum Curcumin is ideal for joint health and a variety of other health conditions. Sisu Full Spectrum Curcumin offers 185x better bioavailability than standard 95% curcumin extract. Research reveals curcumin can reduce arthritis symptoms (mainly pain and inflammation-related symptoms) through its cartilage protective and anti-inflammatory action. Try to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your diet such as berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries). Berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins. These compounds have anti-inflammatory effects. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty fish and when you cannot eat enough fish, take an Omega 3 supplement. The EPA and DHA in fatty fish can decrease the inflammatory markers that cause inflammation. Other foods to incorporate into your diet that help reduce inflammation are cruciferous vegetables, avocado, green tea, grapes and even dark chocolate or cocoa. Joint pain is widespread, and most people have experienced the aches and pains at some point in their lives. So, whether you are a weekend warrior, a middle-aged mom, hard-working dad or a young at heart senior, there are simple solutions to get you moving AND feeling great again.
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