Joints are where bones meet and are made up of a number of different parts that all work together so that we can bend, stretch, twist and turn easily. Most of our joints are designed to enable bones to move only in certain directions.
With such an important role to play in our mobility it is important to care and support our joints through regular exercise, lifestyle choices, diet and vitamins.
Unfortunately, joint pain is a very common problem with many possible common causes such as an injury or arthritis.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR JOINTS
Caring for your joints early on will help with preventing further damage and manage pain.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet will provide you with nutrients that your body
needs and help you to maintain a healthy weight. Your diet should consist of a variety of foods from all five food groups. These are fruit and vegetables, starchy foods – such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta - meat, fish, eggs and beans, milk and dairy foods and foods containing fat and sugar.
SUPPLEMENTS TO SUPPORT JOINT HEALTH
Many people also take vitamins and supplements such as Seven Seas JointCare to support them. Ingredients such as Vitamin D support maintenance of normal muscle function and bones plus Manganese for normal formation of connective tissue. Vitamin C supports collagen formation for normal function of cartilage and bones too.
OTHER SUBSTANCES FOUND IN JOINTS
In addition Glucosamine and Chrondroitin sulphate are natural substances found in and around the cells of cartilage and connective tissues at the joints. Glucosamine helps to form cartilage and Chrondroitin sulphate helps the cartilage to retain water.
Being overweight means there is excess pressure on the joints in your hips, knees, ankles and feet leading to increased mobility and pain problems. Although you may not feel like exercising being active can help to reduce and prevent pain. It can also improve you range of movement and joint mobility, increase muscle strength, boost energy and reduce stiffness.