Health & Wellness

6 Remedies for Bone and Joint Pain

Article written for the HighT Blog.

Bone and joint pain can stop you in your tracks and hinder your progress in your health and fitness goals. Although designed to handle a great deal of stress, after some wear and tear, your joints may become painful and inflamed.

There are many factors that play into joint pain. Injury, trauma, disease or even arthritis may be at the core of the problem, however, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the pain and minimize the stress.

6 REMEDIES FOR BONE AND JOINT PAIN

1. Exercise

When you are in pain, it may feel counterintuitive to exercise, which stresses your body, but it may actually reduce joint pain. With careful planning, incorporating exercises that increase strength and flexibility may reduce your pain. Sometimes, stiff or tight muscles can put increased stress on your joints. Knees and hips are often most affected. With direction from a physical or personal trainer, you might find improvement in mobility and joint pain by incorporating specific stretches as part of your workout routine.

2. Weight Loss

It’s not new information, but if you are carrying around extra pounds, you are putting increased stress on your joints. When you lose weight, you are decreasing the load which will decrease swelling and pain. Losing weight, even if slow and gradual, will ease the stress on your joints allowing you better mobility and less pain.

3. Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy may be one of the oldest forms of joint pain relief. Soaking aching joints in warm water may help support joints by decreasing the pressure. It may also reduce the swelling while increasing circulation. Be careful with temperature and be sure not to get the water too hot. Consider using some Epsom salts, which can boost magnesium levels to support bone and heart health.

4. Physical Therapy

If you are still experiencing pain, you may want to consider finding a physical therapist. They often use a variety of techniques specifically designed to help your unique injury or pain. The goal is to strengthen the joint and surrounding muscles to provide relief from pain and to avoid reinjury in the future.

5. Supplements

Certain supplements may assist in reduce pain and inflammation in the joints. Turmeric/Curcumin has been studied repeatedly and there are indications that it is helpful in reducing inflammation from joint pain. Many people suffering from arthritis find it helpful to incorporate Turmeric in their daily diet.

Others that suffer from joint pain have found that including MSM in their diet may offer some benefits for joint support and pain management. Products that contain a high-quality MSM may assist in producing sulfur in the body, which in turn helps to maintain healthy joints, tendons, and ligaments.

If you decide to try supplementation as a means to cope with joint pain, be sure to discuss your options with your doctor.

6. Rest

Your body needs time between exercise and activity to recuperate and heal. Making certain you are allowing yourself the time needed for recovery by getting plenty of rest and relaxation, may be exactly what you need to cope with joint pain and the daily demands you are placing on it.

If you are struggling with joint pain, it is important to speak to your doctor to properly assess and alleviate your pain.

5 Reasons You Should be Taking Vitamin B12

Article written for the HighT Blog

Vitamin B12 is one of eight members of the B vitamin family. It is also water-soluble, which means it is carried to the body’s tissues and not stored in the fat. B12 is found in many foods including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and milk products. However, consuming enough B12 in diet alone may not be enough to prevent deficiency.

ARE YOU DEFICIENT?

It may be difficult to determine if you are experiencing a deficiency in Vitamin B12 due to the wide-reaching effect it can have on the body. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may need more Vitamin B12 in your diet.

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Poor memory
  • Mood changes such as depression or anxiety
  • Muscle weakness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shakiness
  • A serious deficiency may cause long-term dementia, memory loss, pernicious anemia or megaloblastic anemia.

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE TAKING A VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT

Most people aren’t severely deficient but would experience many benefits from taking a supplement to increase B12 levels. Check out these 5 reasons you should be taking a B12 supplement.

Boosts Mood

Vitamin B12 has been studied extensively and seems to reduce mood disorders, such as depression. People suffering from depression are often low in VitaminB12 and folate.  B12 assists with the production of neurotransmitters in conjunction with a compound called SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine). This allows the body to breakdown several mood chemicals such as serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. Without enough Vitamin B12, mental health conditions may arise.

Improves Memory and Neurological function

Vitamin B12 is also used to improve memory and neurological function. Often those suffering from Alzheimer’s are treated with a B12 supplement. Deficiency can also make focusing difficult and increase the risk for attention disorders.

Healthy Skin and Hair

B12 is also well-known for its ability to strengthen hair and nails. It improves skin by reducing redness, dryness, inflammation and acne. It is often used as a treatment for psoriasis by applying it directly to the skin. Vitamin B12 also reduces hair breakage.

Improves Energy Levels

Vitamin B12 helps convert carbohydrates into glucose the body can use. This benefits your metabolism because glucose is a form of energy. If you are experiencing fatigue, it may be due to a Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Helps With Heart Health

B Vitamins in combination with fish oil, if used daily, helps to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Some studies suggest that it also helps reduce the risk of strokes in some people.

Many supplements, both men’s and women’s, contain Vitamin B12 and you should always consult your physician before starting a supplementation regimen.