It’s inevitable; age will eventually catch up to us. For the majority of people, this means a slower metabolism, memory loss and muscle and joint pains that will make us move at a slower pace.
Living a long life will definitely leave some wear and tear on your joints and tendons, especially if you are an athletic or active individual. Some people can live with this pain on a daily basis and still push through life like a snow blower. But for others, this pain becomes so severe that they cannot carry out their day-to-day activities.
The first thing people go to is painkillers. Sure they will provide you temporary relief, but once your body becomes dependent on them, it’s downhill from there. You don’t want to spend your entire life living through a bottle, so what can you do? Well, you can try the following natural drink; it will provide relief and improve the condition of your muscles and joints.
Ingredients: You will need 2 cups of chopped pineapple, 1 cup of oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder (do not exceed 1 teaspoon), 2 teaspoons of unflavoured gelatin (no you cannot use flavored as a substitute), 1 cup of natural orange juice (do not use juice from a juice box), 8 ounces of crushed sweet almonds, 1 teaspoon of organic honey, and 8 ounces of water.
Instructions: Begin by cooking the oatmeal for about 10 minutes, and then let it cool down for a bit. Once it has cooled off, begin to add the other ingredients to it in a blender and mix them. Once it has a smooth texture to it, drink two glasses of it on a daily basis for about 15 days. Drink the first portion in the morning on an empty stomach, and the second one in the afternoon after lunch.
Having healthy joints and muscles doesn’t mean you only have to keep in shape by exercising, you also need to maintain a healthy diet. Certain foods can be even more beneficial for strengthening joints and muscles than exercising. Below are more helpful tips on how you can maintain healthy joints and muscles.
Stay Hydrated: Your body contains synovial fluid which lubricates and reduces friction between tissues and cartilage. So keeping yourself hydrated will actually synthesize the synovial fluid. And I can assure you, nothing tastes better than a cold glass of water when you’re thirsty on a hot summer day.
Take More Vitamin C: By increasing your vitamin C intake, it will prevent the process which causes inflammation to occur in the body. The best sources for vitamin C are strawberries, broccoli, oranges, and tomatoes. These may not be at the top of the list for foods you like to consume, but down the road, your joints, tendons, and ligaments will thank you for staying healthy.
Add More Allium Vegetables to Your Diet: Yes I know, when we were kids we hated eating vegetables. It got so bad that we needed to be rewarded just for finishing them. Allium vegetables are rich in sulfur, which is essential when forming collagen and other nutrients that our bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons need. Extensive research has shown that when the body has low sulfur levels, the joint repair process is slowed down.
Increase Your Protein Intake: The best way to increase your protein intake is through meats. They are packed with protein and other essential nutrients. Protein will provide the body with the necessary amino acids that will synthesize the cartilage and it also speeds up the recovery time of lesions. If you are not a big meat fan, you can replace it with other rich protein sources like fish, nuts, and legumes. Protein will also go a long way if you are trying to increase strength and muscle.
Add Bluefish to Your Diet: To stop the synthesis of inflammation, consume bluefish. Bluefish also prevents negative effects of oxidative processes that occur during exercise on the body’s cell membranes as well. Try to consume bluefish at least twice a week, and some good sources are tuna, sardines, and salmon.