It is simply not enough to start trying to do healthy things for your joints, you should be instilled with what needs to be done early in life so you do not face the hardships or arthritis or other joint health problems later in life. Start now with your children and make sure they are healthy. The more you set an example for them the healthier their joints will be as well.
Start with exercise. You do not need to go out and buy an elliptical, sometimes those things are brutal! Instead just get out and play soccer or tag with your children. This will help the whole family have better joint health. The first way to prevent joint health problems is to be active. You should be getting at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. Keeping your joints moving actually helps them.
Next make sure you are eating a balanced diet. Yes we sound a lot like your doctor, but that’s ok because we are all just looking out for your health. Make sure your diet includes all the food groups and try to include more fruits and veggies. Eating lean meats is better than fatty meats. Also, try to eat as little trans fats as possible.
For vitamins, there are a couple things you could take:
- Vitamin A– has anti-inflammatory properties
- Vitamin B– although taken for improved nerve function, there is a link between B- deficiency and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Vitamin C– this vitamin helps to hold fibers together, and works well in combination with other vitamins!
- Vitamin D– supports bone and joint health, along with processing calcium.
- Vitamin E– this is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
As for supplements, we also have:
All of these vitamins and supplements would be extremely helpful to your joint health.