NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR ACHES AND PAINS


You don’t have to be an athlete or a dancer to get sore muscles, aches and pains. Exercise, over exertion or just plain everyday activity can cause them.   There are lots of preventative things you can do, and some homeopathic remedies that I swear by!

Nutrition plays a large role in maintaining healthy joints.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant thought to stimulate synthesis of the collagen found in cartilage. Pineapple has lots of Vitamin C, as well as the important enzyme bromelain, which has been found to reduce inflammation and help with gout and arthritis. Emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits, among them easing the pain of arthritis and gout.   Omega-3s, the all important essential fat found in fish, avocado, flaxseeds, walnuts, olive oil and winter squash, may also diminish inflammation and help ease joint pain (among many other benefits).  Refined grains have been linked to inflammation, another reason to eat whole grains instead.   A daily supplement of glucosamine is also beneficial.

Sometimes though, you just have minor aches and pains no matter what.  I treat mine with arnica, a homeopathic remedy from the sunflower family, used for bruises, muscle aches and stiffness.  It comes in pellet form or as a cream or gel.  I find the pellets work better, but it is effective to use both together.   Traumeel and Tiger Balm are wonderful natural pain relieving ointments, which offer immediate relief for sore muscles.  You can find these products at natural food stores or the wellness section of Whole Foods.

 

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Finally, keep moving.  Don’t let your joints get stiff.  Resistance training builds muscle and strengthens bones.  Yoga and pilates strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.  The physical and mental benefits of exercise are well proven!



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