You watch your diet, exercise and take your supplements, but taking care of your joints doesn’t make the list—unfortunately they’re usually left out of most people’s health regimen. This is a big mistake, because without flexibility exercise becomes difficult, if not impossible; and once exercise or other physical activity is out of the picture your weight becomes harder to maintain and fun (or necessary) activities can become a thing of the past. But don’t despair, there are things you can do to help maintain your joint health and stay active for many years.
Inflammation: Leading Contributor to Joint Problems
Diet is a foundation cornerstone for just about every facet of your well-being, and joint health is no exception to this rule. One of the most important ways that diet can help flexibility has to do with controlling inflammation. Arthritis and other joint problems are caused almost exclusively by inflammation, fortunately though, choosing the right foods can have a positive impact on the amount of inflammatory response in your body. Here’s a list of foods that you should reduce or eliminate to help lower inflammation and thereby improve flexibility:
- Milk products like milk, cheese, butter and foods that have milk in them like some cookies, crackers cakes, and cream sauces. Yogurt is acceptable in small amounts
- Trans fats not only contribute to heart disease by increasing LDL and lowering HDL cholesterol, they also tend to promote inflammation. Check your labels carefully for trans-fat content. Anything fried will contain trans-fat plus partially hydrogenated oil, commercial baked goods, margarine and vegetable shortening all contain trans fats.
- Many Cooking oils and polyunsaturated vegetable oils like grape seed, cottonseed, corn, safflower and sunflower oils can all contribute to inflammation. These omega-6 type oils should be reduced. Good anti-inflammatory oils with a better balance of omega-6 to omega-3 are: olive oil and macadamia oil. For high-heat cooking, coconut oil is best.
- Refined Sugar should be eliminated from the diet to control inflammation. Sugar is found in many commercial products and in great amounts in soda. The best way to reduce sugar intake is to eliminate boxed and canned products, processed foods are notoriously high in refined sugar. When you get a sugar craving, reach for a piece of fresh fruit instead.
- Red meats and processed meats such as beef, pork, lamb, sausage and bacon. Meats contain high levels of arachidonic acid which tends to produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body. Also, a compound in meat, Neu5Gc, reacts with antibodies in our blood system that triggers inflammation. You don’t have to eliminate meat to lower inflammation, just reduce consumption. Try anti-inflammatory salmon or other fatty fish instead of red meat.
- Commercial food additives such as MSG and aspartame can also contribute to inflammation. Avoid or eliminate processed foods. One way to do this is to shop at the peripheral area of the grocery store where the fresh fruits and vegetables are found, avoid the inner aisles were all the boxes and cans are.
- White flour products and other refined grains such as white rice can have a pro-inflammatory effect in the body. Instead, buy whole grains such as oatmeal, whole grain bread and brown rice.
- Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to run-away inflammation. You don’t have to give up your weekend beer drinking, just keep it within reason. If you’re averaging more than 3 drinks per day, you may be adding too much inflammation to your body.
Anti-inflammatory Food Choices
Here are some foods that can help improve joint health by lowering inflammation in the body:
- Salmon contains more than its share of anti-inflammatory omega-3 oils and is high in vitamins B-12 and B-3 for energy plus selenium and vitamin D, these last two being very important cancer fighters. Selenium is required for the production of glutathione, the master antioxidant in the body that can also help control inflammation.
- Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that has been compared in clinical research to the powerful anti-inflammatory drugs Motrin and Hydrocortisone. The spice Ginger has similar anti-inflammatory action.
- Green Tea has anti-inflammatory ability due to its high flavonoid content and has been linked to lower cancer and heart disease rates.
- Blueberries phytonutrient content has shown strong anti-inflammatory protection and may also protect against cancer and heart disease.
- Polyphenols in Extra Virgin Olive Oil protect the blood vessels and heart against inflammation which can reduce plaque buildup which leads to cardiovascular disease. Olive oil also contains monounsaturated fats that have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower contain sulforaphane, an anti-inflammatory compound shown to reduce the incidence of certain cancers.
- Sweet Potato contains beta-carotene, vitamin B-6, manganese and vitamin C along with a good amount of natural fiber. All of these are potent anti-inflammatories that have healing powers in the body.
- Nuts and Seeds contain natural oils that can help lower inflammation.
- Eat your fruit and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have phytonutrients like polyphenols and important vitamins and minerals that have powerful anti-inflammation properties.
Other Compounds that can have a Powerful Effect on Joint Health
Many suffering from joint distress end up turning to over-the-counter or prescription drugs to get relief, but this can cause even greater problems because these products merely mask the pain while the damage continues. Fortunately there is an alternative to drugs. FlexMax is a powerful natural solution for those with joint problems that does not require a doctor’s prescription and doesn’t merely cover up the pain. The ingredients in this formulation are clinically validated to help improve mobility by providing your body with what it needs to rejuvenate connective tissue and enhance flexibility.
FlexMax contains glucosamine, a natural compound produced by the body that’s required to rejuvenate damaged joints. Although it is essential for joint maintenance, the body sometimes does not produce enough to keep up with demand, especially under certain conditions like heavy exercise regimens and other strenuous activity. When there’s not enough available glucosamine, soreness and inflammation occur. FlexMax also contains chondroitin, needed to build cartilage; cartilage in turn provides cushioning that’s needed to keep joints from deteriorating. Another ingredient in FlexMax is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), a sulfur compound that’s been shown in clinical trial to help relieve inflammation and manage pain for arthritis sufferers. These three compounds are the most researched of all the natural, non-prescription joint health compounds and have had quite remarkable positive outcomes in clinical trials. FlexMax contains optimal, potent amounts of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM in their purest forms to give you one of the most effective formulations available to optimize joint health and provide maximum flexibility. FlexMax’s formulation:
- Contains Clinically Validated Natural Ingredients
- Offers Safe and Effective Joint Relief
- Assists Joint Healing
- Helps Repair Damaged Connective Tissue
- Provides Cushioning Material for Joints
Adding FlexMax to your regimen, lowering intake of inflammatory foods while increasing intake of anti-inflammatory foods is your best bet for maintaining joint health and getting the most out of life’s important activities.
It’s Not Just Your Joints at Risk
Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help your health in other ways as well. Inflammation has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many other ailments. Use the above suggestions and take the time to sit down and evaluate your nutrient intake, it will do a world of good for your joints and your overall health. Interestingly, glucosamine and chondroitin have also been shown to help lower inflammation in the body, so make sure to add FlexMax to your anti-inflammatory regimen.