Natural Approach to Support Joint Health
As we get older, many of us experience pain in our knees, wrists, fingers and hips. This is considered joint pain and refers to discomfort, aches and soreness in any part of the body where bones connect. Joint pain is a common complaint and frequent causes include arthritis, gout, strains and sprains.
In the absence of an injury, pain in one or more of your joints is often caused by inflammation or infection. Persistent pain that may occur after a viral infection requires a doctor's attention. Joint pain symptoms include:
- Warmth in your joints
Diet is Important for Joint Health
Diet and supplements can be an important part of managing joint pain. Diet plays a role in regulating pain and is the foundation for good health. The foods you eat can trigger either pro-inflammatory chemicals or anti-inflammatory chemicals. Pro-inflammatory foods increase pain, swelling and cellular damage. An increase in inflammatory chemicals has been associated with most chronic diseases including joint pain, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and various cancers.
A whole foods diet is a way of eating that promotes life-long health. Emphasize fresh, organic, raw and cooked vegetables, seasonal fruit, whole grains, high-quality protein and fats, beans and purified water. This will have many benefits besides decreasing inflammation, including promoting healthy intestinal function, decreasing cellular damage, assisting hormonal balance, supporting the immune system and promoting healthy weight.
Supplements to Support Joint Health
There are many supplements that can be beneficial in assisting with joint pain. The following two supplements have been shown to support anti-inflammatory processes and assist with joint pain.
Pathway InflamMove contains a comprehensive blend of herbs, enzymes and antioxidant nutrients that support healthy joint mobility. Key ingredients include turmeric, ginger, white willow, boswellia, devil’s claw, papain, bromelain, resveratrol and grape seed extract. This formula is recommended for anyone experiencing either acute or chronic pain and inflammation.
Pathway Joint Health Formula is a superior formula for joint, bone, and connective tissue health, providing an effective combination of synergistic nutrients that support optimal structure and function of these tissues. It is an ideal formula both for building and maintaining strong joints and connective tissues, and supports their recovery from injury or degradation. Powerful ingredients include glucosamine, MSM, desiccated sea cucumber, k-Rutin, turmeric, grape seed extract, strontium, vitamin D, selenium, and bioperine for enhanced absorption.
For more information about which supplement(s) would be best for you, call to speak to a nutritional expert, or schedule a consultation with one of Village Green’s naturopathic doctors or certified nutritionists for a personal assessment of how to help naturally relieve joint pain.
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