Joint pain? Try these four simple tips to get some relief.
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Joint pain is something that most, if not all, of us experience at one time or another. It can especially affect those who have autoimmune diseases. There are many causes for joint pain (check out the long list here from Mayo Clinic) and just as many solutions. Because there are a host of reasons you may be experiencing joint pain, there is also a wide variety of treatment options. Of course, we always suggest you see your primary care physician for worrisome symptoms that you have. That being said, here are a few natural solutions that you can include in your plan to help keep your joints healthy and flexible.
Find an exercise that builds muscles around joints
You can help take the tension off joints by strengthening the muscles that support them. You might need to start small and work your way up to more. If you’re experiencing joint pain, that’s your body signaling that something is up. So take it easy and listen to your body. If you have knee pain, doing squats is a great way to strengthen the surrounding muscles. If full squats cause pain, start by doing mini squats. Do a small set every day and work your way up to more, then try incorporating some full squats. Pinterest is a great resource for finding workouts to strengthen particular muscles. Water exercise is a great way to build some muscle tone without putting stress on the joints. Check out your local pool to see what classes they offer!
Cut the sugar
Before you close the page, hear me out. I know we all looooove sugar. And I also know that sugar gets a bad rap. You may be eating it by the spoonful or be one of those few people who has taken their health to a whole new level by completely cutting it out. I’m somewhere in the middle. I definitely have a sweet tooth, but I have learned that sugar doesn’t like me so much.
Since having our 4th baby a few years ago, my body hasn’t quite been the same. I was having some hip and knee pain even when I did mild things like walking. I didn’t have a lot of energy. I was still holding onto 10 pounds of baby weight annnd had gained a few extra to boot. I finally reached the point where I knew I had to do something to take control. I started tracking what I ate on My Fitness Pal (awesome app, totally not sponsored) and learned a few things within the first week or two. #1 was that I was eating too much in general, and #2 was that I ate way too much sugar. It took a while for my body to adjust to not eating the sweet stuff, but after about 3 weeks I noticed my joints felt a lot better – something I wasn’t expecting. I also notice that if I increase my sugar intake for a few days, I start to feel it again.
I know we’re all different, but if you’re struggling with joint pain, you can try cutting out or at least cutting down your sugar intake. See if it helps!
Wear a support brace
Braces can help support the joints by taking some of the pressure off them. My husband has one knee that gives him trouble if he does too much running or hiking. We found a simple brace like this one that he can wear when doing activities such as these. It doesn’t entirely prevent joint pain, but it definitely helps.
Try supplements like GOPO
When I was given the opportunity to try a new-to-me product called GOPO, I jumped on it. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve had some joint pain for the past few years. Nothing too bad, but it’s a nuisance. I have been taking GOPO for a little over 3 weeks now and have noticed a difference! GOPO contains galactolipids which are found in rose hips, the fruit of a rose. At just 3 weeks, 8 out of 10 people taking GOPO reported positive results. GOPO is gluten free and all-natural, two benefits that help me feel good about taking it. The pills are a little on the large side, I was fine to swallow them with a glass of water but my husband preferred to open the capsules and mix them with food or a smoothie. If you want to learn more about GOPO, you can visit their website or check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
I don’t think there’s a magic solution to eliminating joint pain, but I do think most people can benefit from a multi-faceted approach. Try a few of the suggestions here and see if it makes a difference for you, then let us know in the comments! We would love to hear your story. If you try GOPO, tag us in social media using hashtags #GoWithGOPO and #jointcare
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