Natural Remedies to Support Joint and Muscle Aches
Joint and muscle pain can affect our overall feeling of wellbeing and restrict us from being able to enjoy the things we like to do the most. While some autoimmune conditions like osteo and rheumatoid arthritis can be with you long term, there is support that can help ease the pain and discomfort.
It may sound odd, but when we are cold the body starts to stiffen to try and keep warm, this can cause muscular cramps and spasms. Our joints can also become more inflamed due to a change in temperature. Making sure that we have adequate layers on can help to ease the aches and pains when the weather changes.
Getting a professional massage, or even just one from a loved one can help to relax muscles and increase blood flow, which can aid in reducing inflammation and joint stiffness. Using massage lotions that include essential oils can also work very well. Products like Pure Emu Oil – which has natural anti-inflammatory properties, or the Emu Oil Arthritic and Muscular Rub which provides all the benefits of Emu Oil with essentials oils like Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Clove, Peppermint and Black Pepper helps with joint pain, inflammation, muscle aches and strains.
Weight and Exercise
Our bones and muscles are only designed to be able to support a certain amount of weight, and unfortunately when we exceed our recommended weight this can put a strain on the parts of our body holding us up. Exercise not only can help us to stay in a healthy weight range, but keeping our joints moving and strengthening our muscles can ensure that they keep us going for years to come. Remember the old saying, use it or lose it!
This can play a huge part in inflammation in the body. Things like gluten and dairy can be inflammatory triggers for a lot of people, so trying to stick to as much of a clean and unprocessed diet as you can may help ease those aches and pains.
Calcium and Magnesium are well known for the roles they play for our bones and our muscles. Ensure you are taking a good mineral supplement with forms of minerals that are best absorbed by our body. Calcium Hydroxyapatite is one of the better forms of calcium for bone health, as it is derived from bone, so is more accessible and absorbable for our body. Some forms of Magnesium are absorbable so act more like a laxative than a muscle relaxer. Look for forms like Amino Acid Chelate, Citrate and Malate which are all highly absorbable forms and are gentle on the stomach. Remember that in nature, minerals are generally found together, so for the best absorption look for a product that contains co-factors of the main mineral you are topping up. These co-factors help the minerals to be better absorbed and utilised by the body. At healthy.co.nz we recommend Super Calcium Complete for your bone health, Superior Magnesium for your muscle health and Full Spectrum Minerals for your complete mineral top-up.
In the last few years, Collagen has been promoted as a beauty supplement, but Collagen has been around for many years and is well known to support joint, cartilage and ligament health. Collagen is the protein that forms connective tissue such as skin, ligaments, cartilage and bones. It is needed for the growth and repair of every cell in our body. Did you know that up to 40% of the body is made up of connective tissue with 70% of connective tissue being collagen! Collagen type 1 and 3 are the most common forms of collagen as they are the most readily absorbed and used by your body, but there is also Collagen type 2. Collagen type 2 is needed to maintain and rebuild cartilage tissue and also helps with joint hydration and is naturally high in Hyaluronic acid. You can view our range of Collagen Supplements here.
With all of the new fads out there, Glucosamine can sometimes be forgotten, but it has plenty of research behind it. Glucosamine is naturally found in the body and is used to produce chemicals that are involved in building tendons, ligaments, cartilage and synovial fluid (joint fluid). Even though this is naturally occurring chemical in our body, over time we can stop producing this and our stores go down, so for some people, especially those with osteoarthritis, Glucosamine can be highly beneficial.
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