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Five ways to take care of your joints

    Unfortunately, joint pain is extremely common and is usually the result of arthritis or an injury. Here are just a handful of things you can do for joint care.

    1) Maintain a healthy weight & diet

    If you’re overweight, you are more prone to joint pain, this is simply because of the additional stress on your weight-bearing joints. Try to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a balanced diet. If you can, why not include oily fish such as salmon, sardines or mackerel in your weekly shop, these are rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and have been known to reduce inflammation and potentially lower the risk of arthritis helping with joint care.

    2) Incorporate exercise into your lifestyle
    Not only will regular exercise help to increase your energy levels, it will also help with maintaining a healthy weight or weight loss. Exercise will also assist in preventing swelling and stiffness. Aim to try activities that won’t put your joints under unnecessary strain. A good one to go for is swimming as it builds strength and suppleness and the water supports your weight. Other joint-supporting options are Pilates, yoga and cycling.
    3) Don’t ignore an injury!
    Even the most harmless bump can increase the risk of serious joint pain or osteoarthritis and can lead to cartilage breakdown, especially in the elderly. If you are in any discomfort after an accident or bump, don’t hesitate in getting checked out by your GP. The sooner the better in terms of being able to remedy any damage caused.
    4) Keep moving

    It may sound obvious but if you’re staying in one position continually – albeit standing or sitting – your joints will stiffen. The recommendation would be to move about and/or have a stretch every 15 minutes or so.

    If you’re queuing or in a position where you need to stand for an extended period of time, do your best to spread the weight evenly so you’re not putting unnecessary pressure on your hips, knees or lower back.

    5) Try a joint supplement
    There are many joint supplements to choose from on the market. The Natural Options Joint Formula contains the following:
    • Vitamin C – to contribute to normal collagen formation for the normal function of cartilage
    • Vegan Vitamin D (derived from algae) – to contribute to the maintenance of normal bones
    • Curcumax® (a natural Turmeric Extract) – to support management of inflammatory responses in the body
    • Piperine – enables the body to absorb a much higher quantity of these nutrients.

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