Your Joints
Joints

Joints are the connection between two bones that allow you to turn your head, bend your elbows, do the shimmy, wiggle your hips and wave goodbye.

The most common type of joint in your body is the synovial joint, which can be found in your knees and knuckles. Synovial joints allow for movement and they are filled with synovial fluid, which acts as a lubricant to protect the ends of the cartilage of your bones from rubbing against each other and wearing out.

However, some of your daily movements and activities may wear out or damage your cartilage:

Old Age

As you age, your cartilage naturally thins and deteriorates.

Bad Posture

Posture misalignment causes undue stress on one area of the joint instead of distributing the pressure evenly.

Wearing high-heels

High-heels place your legs in unnatural positions, which can prematurely damage your joints.

Texting non-stop

Repetitive activities can tax your joints, especially the smaller ones.

Sleeping on mattresses
that are too soft

Soft mattresses do not give your joints the support they need.

Carrying a heavy purse or backpack

Carrying heavy weight on the shoulders is a common source of joint pain. Typically, a purse and backpack should not weigh more than 5% and 10% of your body weight, respectively.

Lack of strength training

When your muscles are weak, your body does not have enough strength to support your joints. Strength training helps to build the muscles and ligaments surrounding your joints, protecting them from damage.

Overexertion during exercise

Sudden exertion may damage joints, especially when the muscles around them are not strong enough to support and help absorb the impact.

Sitting still for too long

Holding the same sitting posture for a long period of time strains certain joints in your body. As a result, you may experience pain in neck, hip joint, and knee.

Obesity

Having excess body fat exerts additional stress on your cartilage and damages it overtime.

Smoking

Nicotine in tobacco causes small blood vessels that supply blood to our joints to constrict.

When this happens, it is even easier to suffer more damages, as with most joint injuries. The most common and serious consequence would be the development of Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease.

Osteoarthritis
Heathy Knee Joint VS. Knee Joint Affected by Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is estimated to affect about 40% of the adults. Yet, only 10% of the population seeks medical attention and about 1% is severely disabled. In the morning, the symptoms of Osteoarthritis are not felt. However, as the day passes, the pain or discomfort increases.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE

Pain

During or after movement, joint pain is felt.

Soreness

When light pressure is applied to your joints, they are sensitive to pain.

Stiffness

Joint stiffness is felt when waking up or after a period of rest and inactivity.

Inflexibility

Joints are unable to move in their maximum range of motion without experiencing stiffness or pain.

Grating sensation

When moving your joints, you hear or feel a grating sensation.

Bone spurs

Bone spurs or osteophytes are outgrowth of bone that can occur along the edges of a bone they feel like hard lumps forming around your joints.

The Key To Healthy Joints
FOOD

Food rich in antioxidants like berries help to fight off damage from free radicals.

Vegetables rich in Vitamin A like carrots and broccoli can help reduce inflammation.

Oily fish like salmon contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which can relieve joint pain and stiffness.

EXERCISE

Exercising helps to strengthen the supporting muscles around your joints, helping to better support and cushion your joints from damages.

Walking is simple, and is great for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Swimming is a great sport to stretch your muscles and soothe your joints.

Strength training is a great place to start building muscles. The stronger your muscles are, the less strain there is on your joints.

GOOD MATTRESS

According to a study conducted on patients suffering from lower back pain, medium-firm mattresses are the best for back pain relief.

VITAMIN D

Studies have linked Vitamin D deficiency with rheumatoid arthritis as well as Osteomalacia, or the softening of bones.

GLUCOSAMINE

Glucosamine is naturally found in our joints and can help reduce pain associated with the wear and tear of our joints.

HYALURONIC ACID

As we age, we lose Hyaluronic Acid present in our bodies. This appears to affect the mobility of our joints. Taking Hyaluronic Acid can help to increase the synovial fluid to reduce stiffness.

CHONDROITIN

Chondroitin is usually taken with Glucosamine to help with the pain caused by the wear and tear of the joints. It reduces inflammation of the joints as well as improves joint functions.

METHYLSULFONYLMETHANE

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) helps to stimulate the body in forming new joint and muscle tissues while reducing inflammation. In fact, a clinical trial on 118 patients with Osteoarthritis found that MSM taken over 12 weeks improved their joint mobility and reduced pain and swelling.

FISH OIL

Fish oil contains EPA and DHA, which have natural anti-inflammatory effects. The Omega-3 fatty acids also help to increase blood flow during exercise and reduce symptoms of stiffness and joint pain.

COENZYME-Q10

Naturally produced in the body or from diet, Coenzyme-Q10 improves tolerance of physical exertion and provides comfort to people with muscle disorders.

Did You Know?

SOME JOINTS MOVE, SOME DO NOT

There are three main types of joints: Fibrous (immoveable), Cartilaginous (partially moveable), and Synovial (freely moveable) joints. An example of a fibrous or fixed joint is the skull.

JOINTS CONTAIN SENSORY NERVES CALLED BARORECEPTORS

These receptors react to atmospheric changes in the barometric pressure. When a thunderstorm is approaching and the barometric pressure drops, some people with joint pain can actually tell when a storm is gathering on the horizon.

BABIES DO NOT HAVE KNEECAPS

Babies are born with one cartilage plate that turns to bone and into a kneecap somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5.

ARTHRITIS IS A FAIRLY COMMON CONDITION

It is estimated that around 350 million men, women, and children worldwide suffer from arthritis. Arthritis can be the result of an autoimmune disorder or it can be a side effect of the ageing process as joints get worn out.

LIGAMENTS

Ligaments are short bands of tough fibrous connective tissue that function to connect one bone to another, forming the joint.

BALL AND SOCKET JOINTS

Ball and socket joints, such as hip and shoulder joints, are the most mobile type of joint. They allow you to move your arms and legs in many different directions.

HINGED DOOR

Hinge joints are those in the knee and elbow. They enable movement similar to the way a hinged door moves.

Did You Know?

Take these specially formulated supplements to help protect your joints and prevent your joints from ageing prematurely.

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