Three Ways To Improve Joint Health
Chances are you or someone you know has joint problems-according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three U.S. adults encounter some type of joint discomfort on a daily basis. Sadly, many Americans simply view their discomfort as an inconvenience and don't do anything whatsoever to improve their joint health. Best-selling author of The Arthritis Cure,
Jason Theodosakis, MD, thinks this philosophy is a mistake. "People can improve their joint health by making easy changes in lifestyle. In the short term, these steps can improve joint mobility, flexibility and comfort, and might help protect joints from deteriorating later on."
Here are Dr. Theodosakis' top tips for creating a healthy, active way of life.
• Lace Up: Moderate, lower impact exercise is crucial to improve mobility. By incorporating activities such as walking, swimming and biking into a 30-minute, three to five times a week routine, joint strain can be reduced. If it's hard to get moving, look for a friend to exercise with. The buddy system increases motivation and fun levels.
• Find Balance: Diet fads often don't turn out to be part of a regular eating routine and, most importantly, don't always provide the essential nutrients that bodies require. Create a realistic, well balanced eating plan. Speak to a registered dietitian or nutritional expert if you need help developing an eating program that fits your individual needs and goals.
• Boost Joint-Protecting Nutrient Consumption: Recent research studies show glucosamine as well as chondroitin are incredibly safe, and help improve joint comfort, particularly in people who need it most. Combination products tend to be more effective than taking the individual health supplements.