WITH CARE FOR JOINTS: LIVE IN MOTION!
Joints, like all other human organs, are subject to aging. Over time, the connective tissue breaks down, and you no longer feel the ease of gait that you used to. In addition to age-related changes, there are other causes of joint diseases.
Since articular cartilage regenerates slowly, frequent, albeit non-critical loads regularly erode the articular tissue. Cartilage “starves” – lacks the necessary proteins and enzymes, minerals and oxygen, begins to age rapidly, loses its elasticity and, accordingly, becomes more vulnerable to subsequent trauma and stress. In the end, the inflammatory process starts in the joints and the degeneration of the periarticular tissues begins. The joints suffer primarily from our inattention. Aside from their vital organ, we ruthlessly exploit them without any support, ignoring their needs, until they cry out for help. Unfortunately, this moment is often the point of no return – neglected diseases of the joints can not only complicate life with long and difficult treatment, but also make a person disabled.
FIVE SIGNS YOUR JOINTS NEED HELP:
- Joint pain at night or before dawn (in the later stages of the disease, they occur regularly).
- Feeling of pain in the knees when going up stairs.
- Feeling of stiffness and difficulty in movement.
- Change in gait, slight limp.
- Swelling of the joints, slightly increased body temperature.
JOINT BUILDERS: GLUCOSAMINE, CHONDROITIN AND COLLAGEN
Glucosamine is the main building block from which cartilage tissue and joint lubricant are formed. Another substance that is good for joints is chondroitin. According to research results, complexes containing these substances help to restore the structure of articular cartilage, increase joint mobility, reduce swelling and soreness. Such products are usually prescribed in a course (1-3 months). Collagen is also considered an essential component for joint health. It is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body – its mass fraction is 6% of the body weight. Most collagen is found in connective tissue, which performs mechanical function: bones, cartilage and ligaments. Studies have shown that collagen taken by mouth can restore cartilage integrity, strengthen ligaments, and relieve joint pain.
What else is good for our joints?
Gymnastics classes. Exercise helps strengthen the muscles around the joints, which helps protect them from damage. Proper nutrition with a preference for fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as foods containing calcium, magnesium (fish and other seafood, cabbage, spinach, beans, nuts, seeds, peas, wholemeal bread, milk) and a full set of vitamins. Swimming lessons. Swimming improves blood circulation – the cartilage tissue receives active nutrition. In addition, by swimming, you keep your muscles in good shape, and they begin to partially compensate for the load on the joints. Adequate fluid intake. During physical exertion, our body intensively loses moisture, and the joints do this in the first place – before we begin to feel thirst. As a result, the joint fluid thickens, the lubrication of the joints decreases during movement. Plain clean water will restore smoothness and mobility to them.