We may have joints throughout our body, but we often don’t realize just how important our joints are until they start to bother us. Joints are the connections between our bones that provide support and help us move. We work our joints every day, which is why it’s important to take care of them and address any pain that comes up. So, let’s talk about why you may have joint pain or discomfort and some tips for relieving your joints.
The Cause of Joint Pain & Discomfort
Joint pain is a common occurrence, especially as you age. Your joints can feel tender or stiff, swell up, or become hard to move. A common cause of joint pain is injury from overexertion, a sprain, or strain on your joints. So if you’re very active or play sports, joint discomfort can come from these activities. Another common cause of joint pain and discomfort is the normal wear and tear of your joints as you age. Your joints consist of bones covered in a cushion of cartilage to protect them. As you age, the cartilage can become thinner or get damaged. So your joint health is dependent on the health of the cartilage surrounding the joints.
How to Relieve Joint Pain & Discomfort
Here are a few ways you can help prevent and/or relieve discomfort in your joints.
- Exercise regularly. One of the best ways to keep your joints healthy is to use them! In general, the more active a person stays, the healthier their joints. Any exercise where you are moving your joints works, like walking, running, tennis, etc. If you already have joint issues, try exercises that don’t put additional pressure on the joints, like cycling or swimming.
- Build your muscles. Strong muscles support and protect your joints, so it is key to maintain muscle mass as you age. Weight training can help build muscle and protect joints.
- Ice your joints. If you overexert your joints, icing them can help with the pain. Try icing them for 15-20 minutes at a time. Repeat every hour as needed.
- Eat for your joints. To help keep your joints strong, make sure you have calcium and vitamin D in your diet to help strengthen your bones. Nutrients like omega-3s as well as vitamin C and other antioxidants help support your joints.
- If you don’t have these nutrients in your diet, you can get them by supplementing. Supplements are a great way to get natural support for your joints. For example, Advanced Joint Health Complex* can help with joint discomfort as it contains glucosamine to help maintain healthy cartilage and a patented boswellia extract that has been clinically shown to improve joint comfort in as few as five days.*† You can also get a boost in antioxidants with Turmeric Boost, which is standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids, the active compounds found in turmeric that have powerful antioxidant properties.
Let’s keep our joints healthy and moving with the nutrition and care they need!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
†Boswellia extract in Advanced Joint Health Complex* has been shown in a clinical study to improve joint comfort in as few as five days.