Joint Venture

Your joints are a vital part of your health and wellbeing.  You can do a lot to help them on their way and offer them the vitamins, minerals and supplements they need to work optimally. Here’s some clear guidelines and ideas that can help you look after your joints and ward off joint-related problems.

You may take your car in for a service regularly to the motor mechanic, and you may also organise some regular repairs on your house, viewing it all as the kind of maintenance that is required to keep things working properly and to maintain quality of life and value.

But how often do you think of those tirelessly working joints of yours that keep you mobile and living at your best.

Common Joint Ailments

Arthritis Australia states that joint problems such as arthritis can have a huge impact on the daily life of sufferers. Ailments such as the following all affect joints and ligaments:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Childhood arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis.[1]

Many conditions associated with the joints – such as arthritic conditions – are not curable. But they are treatable. My personal view as a qualified naturopathic specialist with a good understanding of natural health and natural products is that we can work with our bodies to manage and prevent joint problems.

Here is how you can do it:

Ask your specialist about natural remedy solutions. You can seek out a comprehensive Arthritic kit that contains all the supplements you need, or you can pursue a more dietary focused and personalised strategy.

The personalised strategy may include

  • Considered decision to cease use of steroidal anti-inflammatory creams. These treat the symptoms but do little to actually address the underlying causes.
  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids need to be included in the diet. These are high in EPA and DHA. Common sources include cold water and deep sea fish species such as sardines, cod, salmon and other oily fish.
  • Reduce the acid in your diet. High acid can wear away and dissolve cartilage in the body. This places extra wear and tear on the joints and reduces lubricating sliding that is facilitated by the cartilage.
  • Eat and egg a day!  Increase your consumption of sulphur foods. Foods containing sulphur include asparagus, eggs, onions and garlic.  Sulphur aids in the repair and rejuvenation of cartilage and bone. It also facilitates absorption of calcium which strengthens your bones.
  • Eat fresh pineapple. This wonderful fruit contains the enzyme known as bromelian, which reduces inflammation in the body.
  • Stay away from sugar and dairy products as these can aggravate inflammation of the joints and also block the wonderful antioxidant properties of Vitamin C – which you need for healing and wellbeing.

We see a lot of older clients with joint pain and inflammation. Those who improve their condition are those who make healthy changes to diet and lifestyle and increase the use of beneficial supplements and exercise.

So take responsibility and thrive!