Many of us don’t think about our joints until they start to hurt. We usually only pay attention to our knees, shoulders, elbows, fingers and ankles if they are injured, stop working or become painful. Now that we are in the full swing of summer activities including biking, walking, hiking and other outdoor activities, it makes since to learn a few quick tips to keep our joints healthy. So I’ve included some ideas to help to keep your joints in top condition and to fight off joint pain, if and when it starts. #1: Enjoy Joint Friendly Food Strive to eat as natural food as possible and avoid processed foods. One of the best ways to do this is to visit the local farmers markets. During the warm summer months, many communities organize weekly farmer markets and fresh produce stands. You’ll find countless types of locally grown fruits and vegetables to enjoy. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but you’ll also be eating healthier. Try to avoid foods that contain refined carbohydrates, trans fats and preservatives since these may contribute to joint health issues. #2: Start a Daily Stretching and Exercise Routing Spend a few minutes per day stretching your muscles. This will help to keep them flexible and flexibility is important to maintaining healthy joints. In addition, the simple act of moving can actually reduce joint stiffness. If your joints are achy, try getting moving around more. Here are few ideas: walk around the neighborhood, take the stairs at work, when shopping park near the back of the parking lot, so you’ll need to walk a little further to get to the store. Also, make sure you consult with your doctor prior to starting a regular exercise routine. #3. Drink More Water The more you move the more hydration your body will need. Water plays an important role in healthy joints. Dehydration can lead to joint issues, so make sure to stay hydrated during the hot summer months. #4: Select Joint Related Supplements Daily supplementation is vital a healthy body and healthy joints. Did you know there are a number of joint friendly supplements to help maintain healthy joints including tart cherry capsules, turmeric, glucosamine/chondroitin and Vitamin C. One of the most exciting and natural supplements for joint health is the tart cherry capsules. Published research shows that the tart cherry helps to maintain healthy joint functions and soothe achy joints. Help this information helps you to enjoy the summer months.
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