I've dreamed all winter of a beautiful vegetable garden and reaping the rewards at the end of the summer. But my shoulders, knees and back know the pains they will have to endure to make that dream come true.
Now is the time to start fortifying those creaky joints to get ready for digging the garden and other strenuous Spring projects. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy joints and getting in shape for your Spring work:
- Add plant based foods to your diet that have antioxidant and phytochemicals. These may decrease COX-2 enzyme activity and reduce joint inflammation. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, teas and yes, even chocolate fall into this category.
- Increase foods containing omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and tuna.
- ASU, Chondroitin, and Glucosamine are useful for supporting cartilage and ligaments which in turn support and protect joints.
- Chondroitin, Flax, Glucosamine, Indian Frankincense and MSM can aid in increased joint mobility.
- Exercise to strengthen the muscles around the joints, strengthen bones and increase flexibility. The best types of exercises for joint health are:
- Flexibility and range of motion exercises such as Tai Chi and yoga.
- Isotonic and Isometric strengthening exercises to increase muscle strength to protect joints
- Cardiovascular exercise such as aerobics, walking, dancing, or swimming for overall fitness and increased energy levels
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The right foods, exercise and some whole food supplements, and I'm ready to start making my dream garden a reality.
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