Being overweight has emotional and physical challenges that often create devastating loops.
Damaging your joint is one of those loops. The additional weight creates painful joints that make it harder to move and the less you move, the more weight you gain and movement makes your joints hurt even more.
Finding motions you can do without hurting your joints is necessary but that is only one piece of the puzzle. Time management and nutrition are other parts.
For a person with a busy schedule or a person who is suffering from low energy through most of the hours in the day, managing time is crucial. You need to take the most effective steps with the time and energy you have.
One easy approach, which is almost a no-brainer, is learning to juice. I emphasize learning because juicing is an art and science. There is more to juicing than dumping a bunch of veggies and watch them splatter in a container. There is also a lot of information available that can help you. One of the books I like is Guide To Juicing For Health. It connects many illnesses to recipes you can use.
You have many juicing machine selections as well. I like slow masticating juicers which give me most juice yield without damaging heat or foam that oxidizes your juice. Kuvings whole slow juicer is an example of this. It has a wide mouth that makes it possible for your to place whole foods in it without cutting. It saves prep time.
Many joint injuries and diseases are the consequences of very specific behavior patterns. Many of these behavior patterns are caused by lack of information in regards to the impact of nutrition on joints as well as harmful movement patterns.
Lack of the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation nutrients in the diet and heel to toe running are two examples of nutrition and motion related patterns that could easily be corrected.
Diseases and injuries that impact the knees, the hip complex and shoulder complex are among the most common.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is not right. You can ignore it, mask it with pain killers or listen to it. Listening to your body is one of the first steps in disease and injury prevention as well as healing.
One of the contributing causes to joint pain is chronic inflammation and its five cardinal signs of with the acronym “PRISH.” PRISH stands for pain, redness, immobility (loss of function), swelling and heat.
Redness, swelling and heat are direct results of increased blood flow to the irritated area. With this increased blood flow, scavenging white blood cells along with inflammatory substances enter the area. Inflammatory substances by definition will maintain or increase the blood flow to the area, and they cause additional irritation and wear down joint cartilage that cushions your joints and prevent bone-on-bone contact.
As long as the source of irritation stays, inflammation and pain remains.
What is a joint?
The meeting point between two part of an object is a joint. In the human body, this meeting point is between two bones.
What types of joint are in the human body?
Fibrous, Cartilaginous and Synovial are the three main types of joints within the human body.
Fibrous joints are immovable. Cartilaginous joints have some movement, and synovial joints have free motion within anatomical pathways.
Much of the movement related joint damage occurs in the synovial joints when they are forced into motions outside of anatomical pathways.
Pain diminishes the quality of life regardless of its type or severity. However, some pains directly impact your mobility that is even worse since without mobility those activities that could help you regain health become even more complicated.
Joint points like arthritis due to injury or disease are examples of this. The normal course of action is to accept the superficial understanding of this condition that by its very definition is a symptom since arthritis means inflammation of joints.
With “normal” acceptance comes normal behavior of watching this condition become worse while taking medications to reduce the pain and mask the condition. Masking a symptom does not include the taking the steps to change the condition that causes the inflammation of the joints in the first place.
To mask the conditions we reach into or cabinets full of growing medications that over time lose their effectiveness and overload our organs.
There are other ways, more beneficial ways, ways that involve personal research and understanding which often includes the power of nature.
Back in 2012, Journal of Food Studies reported one of these researches into cherry juice and its impact on arthritis. In this study women between the ages and 40 to 70 who drank cherry juice experience a statistically significant difference in both their pain and their inflammation in comparison to those who receive placebo.
Am I suggesting to drop your medication and rely on cherry juice for arthritis? Of course not, arthritis comes in many forms, and many of the causes are unknown. You need to work with your health care provider on this. However, I am suggesting for you to look at the foods you eat because they are often the source of increased inflammation in your body. Sugar and processed foods are a couple of examples.
I am also suggesting to choose your food ingredients and selection in ways that reduces your inflammation. Cherry juice is an example. Other foods under the category of super-foods are also natural sources that will bring down your body’s overall rate of inflammation and your joints will benefit.
These super-foods can also increase the levels of antioxidants in your body that serve as a protective barrier against the ravages of free radicals that exist in Arthritis.