What Can You Do to Prevent Joint Disorders?
According to the data from the WHO, 22-30% of people worldwide live with some kind of joint disorder. This means that one out of three persons will possibly face inflammation of the joints, reduced joint mobility, pain, and other symptoms of the disorders, which negatively affect the quality of life and can even lead to disability. Diseases that affect the joints depend on many causes, including hereditary factors, metabolism, extra body weight, way of life, and many other aspects. Meanwhile, keeping joints flexible helps to defer the time when they would need medical attention and the intake of medicines.
What will your joints love?
Like many other disorders, a lifestyle remains a priority in preventing joint discomfort. Several simple habits should be developed as soon as possible, and these will help avoid visits to doctors altogether or delay those visits as long as possible.
- Manage your weight
Unfortunately, extra weight is one of the most widespread and vital aspects that influence the state of your joints. Surprisingly, it is the visceral fat that has the most dangerous impact. The larger your waist size, the higher the risk for your joints.
The impact of the bearing surface of joints increases proportionally to weight increase. Here is a simple calculation. For a person having 154lbs body weight, the load per 1 sq сm of his or her meniscus would not exceed 10lbs. Meanwhile, with a body weight of 220lbs, the pressure is increased by 15,5lbs/sq cm. Of course, as we get older, many of us gain extra weight just because of decreased metabolism, and we do not suggest you go on a diet. Meanwhile, you should remember that a safe increase in body weight is 11lbs in 10 years if you start counting from your weight when you were 30. In this way, your joints gradually adapt to the load and are not injured.
- Drink more water
Cartilage tissue is composed of 80% water, which allows cartilages to move, contract and expand, acting as shock absorbers for the joints. By drinking enough water, we maintain cartilage and prolong their lifetime.
- Stay active
Exercises that create moderate pressure on the joints, such as walking, cycling, workout with your weight, swimming, and yoga, help maintain healthy body weight and simulate cartilaginous tissue creation. Moderate exercise makes the body develop an additional portion of cartilages, thereby protecting the joints.
- Watch your diet
Exercise alone is not enough and should be accompanied by a proper diet. If you are not sure whether your diet includes all necessary nutrients in necessary quantities, you can support your joints’ mobility by intake of food supplements, which include necessary vitamins and minerals.
Which joint care supplements are used in various countries?
In Japan, the world leader in the availability of food supplements in a daily diet, 98% of residents take food supplements. The U.S., where this figure reaches 70%, occupies second place, while Europe takes third place with 38%. Meanwhile, experts assume that by 2030, food supplements will be taken by more than 50% of Europeans.
This country is the leader in food supplement consumption in Europe, and Italy demonstrates the highest growth in demand for food supplements based on natural components. One of the country’s most popular joint care food supplements is an extract from ginger, hot pepper containing capsaicin, turmeric, and the plant, known as the Cat’s Claw.
According to the data from 2019, the most popular food supplements among UK residents were those based on Boswellia, a resin tree growing in South America and Asia. Boswellia extract can be taken alone and as a part of complex food supplements.
In France, people often purchase food supplements based on chondroitin, which affects phosphorus-calcium metabolism in cartilages. Chondroitin efficiency has not been proven, but this supplement is very popular, especially among older French people.
Here, people most often prefer glucosamine-based supplements. Athletes most often use it for faster recovery of muscles and joints after intensive workouts.
In Germany, food supplements based on hyaluronic acid in liquid form are considered a universal means of self-care. Naturally, the substance in your body doesn’t raise any concerns, so hyaluronic acid is applied both externally and internally.
In Vietnam and Thailand, avocado-based supplements for joint care are top-rated. The avocado oil is applied in the areas of knees and elbows as well as swallowed in capsules. Interestingly, the avocado itself is not popular in these countries.
Despite a high likelihood of joint disorders for all of us, we could do something to maintain health, stick to healthy eating habits, keep healthy body weight, have an active lifestyle (choosing moderate physical exercise which doesn’t overload your joints), and maintain a balanced diet as nutrition remains the primary means for supporting body health.
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