Every now and then, you might feel a little sting of pain or discomfort in your knees when going up a flight of stairs; a strain in your back when exercising frequently and attending to daily tasks, or soreness from walking a couple of blocks down the road. I must be getting old, you tell yourself. But whether you’re in your teens, 20’s, 30’s (and so on), the need to care for your body is essential, and this includes giving your bones and joints vital care.
You need not wait for a sign or symptom to come up before you act on it. Remember: prevention is better than cure! Act on keeping your bones and joints healthy and strong and enjoy a fun and adventurous lifestyle.
Here are five simple ways you can start with:
Increase consumption of calcium-rich foods
And we don’t mean to just chug a bottle of milk or chew on a wheel of cheese, because there plenty of other calcium-rich food items you can consider (especially if you’re lactose-intolerant, eep!). Options to consider: white beans, broccoli, almond, fig, kale, salmon, and sardines. There are a lot of other options, really, and you can even incorporate a few together in one meal.
Training your body to move regularly allows it to develop and improve strength and flexibility. Also, exercise will help you keep your weight at bay, preventing excess pressure and strain on your joints.
Drink plenty of water
We have discussed here the benefits of drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, but did you know that staying hydrated helps keeping your joints healthy? Drinking plenty of water helps in supplying your joints synovial fluid, which acts as a cushion and protection in the spaces between your joints.
Boost your vitamin intake
Cardiclear Food Supplement and Illuminous White Squalene Omega-3 contain omega-3 fish oil, which provides essential fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties. This will help relieve joint pain, improve resistance to joint compression, and prevent bone disorders.
Know your family history
Some conditions and disorders are hereditary, and knowing that they might run in your family will help you through prevention methods. Ask your parents about your family history and regularly consult your doctor about it.
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The Department of Health holds its annual Bone and Joint Awareness Week on the third week of October, where the public will be informed and educated of the various medical conditions, treatments and therapies, and prevention methods concerning our bones and joints.