It's important to take care of your body, especially in this day and age of additional mental stress that can translate into physical stress. What you do today can have a significant impact on tomorrow. It is vitally important that you take excellent care of yourself when you reach 50, especially your joints as they seem, for most people, to be especially problematic.
When two bones glide over each other, there is the existence of a joint. A joint makes it possible for the bones to smoothly glide with a minimum of friction. The reason for this is because the ends of our bones are covered by cartilage in order that they don't physically rub together. A whitish fluid called synovial fluid is secreted by the joints that acts as a lubricant in order to reduce friction.
When we don't move around a lot, very little synovial fluid is produced and our joints can actually become creaky, much like a creaky door that needs oil. This is why it's important to make sure that we get in enough physical activity. When our joints wear down the bones begin to wear down, which causes us pain.
Some of the main things we can do to help:
• Exercise is one of the best things that you can do for your body's overall mental and physical health. Running, dancing, biking, hiking, walking, swimming and more are excellent ways to keep your joints working.
• Diet is also paramount as the more weight that the joints have to support, the faster they wear down. Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as pumpkin seeds, oily fish, walnuts, and linseeds are good for the brain, eyes, and the joints.
• Getting some sun has also proven to be beneficial to joints as cold air and weather causes joints to stiffen, something that people who suffer from joint problems like osteoarthritis will want to avoid at all costs. This is a great reason to take a vacation to a sun-soaked location!
• Foods with salad ingredients are great for joints and those that suffer from osteoarthritis while red meat, highly processed, fried, and dairy products should be avoided. The reason for this is because these kinds of foods can drastically increase the inflammatory process in the body which in turn makes new bone material grow under worn cartilage. This then restricts the movement and can cause swelling, pain, and inflammation.
If you don't want your later years to be encumbered by joint pain and a cane or walker, then you'll want to make taking care of your joints a top priority. We all know that as we age our body doesn't work as well, and for that reason you should take care of your body now rather than waiting until you might not have full range of movement later on. Take care of your joints and they'll be sure to take care of you.