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The danger of ignoring your joints

In Singapore, 20 percent of 60 to 69-year-olds and 5 per cent of 18 to 39-year-olds are exhibiting joint symptoms. These surprising figures show that Singaporeans of all ages are experiencing joint discomfort, reduced mobility and the potential onset of osteoarthritis.

Problems occur due to a breakdown in cartilage, which causes bones to rub together. Joint wear and tear is a natural degenerative process that happens as we age, but factors such as overuse, injury and weight and lifestyle issues can increase the risk of developing joint problems.

Keep moving

It might seem counterintuitive but according to the Harvard Medical School, it can actually help to keep on moving. Consider mixing up your exercise regime with low-impact options, such as swimming or yoga, or let your body recover from high-impact exercises with gentle stretching or Pilates to strengthen and relieve joints.

Eat the right foods

There are plenty of vitamins and nutrients in certain foods that help support the health of your bones, joints and muscles. The ingredients you want to look out for are calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, potassium, manganese and phosphorous. Calcium and vitamin D help keep bones dense and strong, while manganese helps support connective tissue. Manganese and potassium are responsible for maintaining electrolyte balance, which is critical for muscle function.

You can also try supplementing your diet with a comprehensive multivitamin containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs to support your overall health and wellbeing. Magnesium, for example, also supports your energy levels and promotes healthy muscle function.

Support joint health

Taking a joint supplement early can help to maintain the health of your joints and minimise the risk of your joint health deteriorating over the years. By supplementing your body’s naturally occurring glucosamine and chondroitin, you can help to preserve the precious structure of your cartilage, which acts as a buffer between your joints, If you are looking to, take good care of your joints, glucosamine and chondroitin offer a safe option for long term use.

Omega-3 fatty acids, from premium sources such as Neptune Krill oil, have been shown to reduce inflammation, joint stiffness and pain in just seven days; these ingredients can also be found in specially formulated joint supplements.

Seek help

Seeing a physiotherapist regularly or enjoying a deep tissue massage will do wonders for your joints. Taking care of yourself in this way will help to prevent serious, long-term damage, it feels great and you will have the benefit of expert advice on prevention and treatment. Be mindful though that there are limits to what can be done once joints are damaged or inflamed and some symptoms, such as joint deformities, simply can’t be reversed.

Joint problems are a reality for many, but tweaking one or two little things can make you symptom-free. Supplementing your diet with a variety of nutrients and vitamins from natural foods will ensure you avoid problem joints completely.