Got achy joints? Think it’s ‘just arthritis’? Maybe not.
Aching shoulders, elbows, or knees can be one of your menopause signs. More than half of all postmenopausal women are said to experience varying degrees of joint pain.
However, that’s not all. Aching hips, lower back, or wrists are more likely to mean worsening osteoporosis, kidney or immune system challenges. Joint aches can also be caused by fibromyalgia, or other conditions. Ongoing body inflammation is a significant factor in the progression of many chronic pain conditions, including arthritis and fibromyalgia.
That’s the bad news. The good news is you can use your pain as a catalyst for positive change.
The first step to managing your pain is accepting that you may now have to take care of yourself differently. The second step may be the need for a proper diagnosis, since symptoms can be indicators of many different conditions. Once you accept and know what you’re dealing with, then you can look around for ways to transform it, or at least turn it into an opportunity to learn something about yourself. Until you accept your condition and where you’re at now, it’ll be impossible to change it. The third step may be to examine your negative stereotypes around aging and make the decision that you’re going to age differently. Intention and focus are powerful tools for manifestation.
Below are natural wellness solutions for joint pain…
1. Stop focusing on the pain. Notice when you feel good and thank your body giving you feelings of well-being and serenity. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want!!
2. If possible, do gentle stretches before getting out of bed and getting up from sitting. Visualize creating space between the joints to allow energy to flow freely.
3. Meditate for a few minutes. Close your eyes, relax your body and focus on your breath. Visualize your exhales moving the stuck energy away from your painful area(s) and out of your body. Have the intention for your exhales to blow away all resistance you may be feeling.
4. Increase your water intake – especially when you wake up in the morning. Highly recommended: add the juice of ¼ or ½ fresh lemon to one or two-12-ounces glasses of room temperature water to help alkalize your system. To calculate the amount of water you need daily: divide your body weight in pounds by 2, and drink that amount of water in ounces. E.g. 150 lbs. divided by 2 = 75 ounces of water (75 divided by 8 ounces (1 cup) = 9.5 cups which, for most people is approximately 2 to 3 litres/quarts of water daily.
5. Find a vegetarian source of MSM, which is Methylsulfonylmethane, an organic sulfur compound. Sulfur is required for the repair and rebuilding of bone, cartilage and connective tissue, hair, nails and skin. MSM is commonly known to reduce pain and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. It’s been shown to benefit many conditions including preventing or ending constipation, allergies, seasonal rhinitis, digestive problems, hair problems, parasite infestations, carpal tunnel syndrome and snoring! MSM has also been known to reduce the growth of some type of cancer cells.
Other conditions that have been successfully treated with MSM include chronic fatigue syndrome, bursitis, muscle cramps, high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s Disease. The benefits last only as long as MSM is taken – which is the same as with anything your body needs on a regular basis including high quality food, vitamin and mineral supplements, cleansing, exercise, and skin care. Few scientific studies have been done on MSM so there’s no evidence yet that MSM preserves cartilage or stops joint destruction and deformity.
MSM occurs naturally in fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, grains and fish. Unfortunately, food processing destroys MSM, so food is not the best source of it. Many people seem to develop a deficiency as they age, so supplementation is a good option especially since there are no known unwanted side-effects from taking it.
6. Dietary Suggestions
• Eat a diet of 75 per cent raw foods and drink plenty of herbal teas and juices.
• Eat half a fresh pineapple every day. It contains bromelain which is excellent for reducing inflammation and swelling.
• Vitamin C is essential to the healing process and reduces inflammation
• Garlic has natural anti-inflammatory properties
7. Eliminate the following foods that contribute to body inflammation and your joint pain may improve significantly:
• sugar (and sugar products such as soda pop, candy, etc.)
• white flour products
• ‘nightshade’ foods (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers)
• citrus, with the exception of lemon and grapefruit
• dairy products, with the exception of plain yogurt with active culture
• meat including beef, pork, and lamb
• vegetable oils (use grapeseed oil for cooking, and in salads use olive oil and the essential fatty acids flax seed, sesame, pumpkin, borage, sunflower oils)
• MSG (monosodium glutamate)
8. Herbal Suggestions
• Garden sage leaf infusion or tincture has been known to prevent joint aches and improve circulation. Also try horsetail herb, nettle and parsley tea.
• Creams containing capsaicin, an ingredient in cayenne, can provide pain relief when regularly applied to the affected area. Add a few sprinkles of cayenne to food and stir it into herbal tea.
• Cat’s claw, feverfew and ginger are all good for pain and soreness.
• A fresh ginger bath may soothe and warm your sore, aching joints. Cut up a 4-inch piece of ginger. Place it in a piece of cheesecloth, secure with an elastic and toss in your warm bath. Relax in the water for at least 20 minutes.
• Alfalfa contains all the minerals essential for bone formation and may be helpful. Get is from supplements or fresh alfalfa sprouts.
9. Essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. A teaspoonful of fresh flax seed oil or Udo’s Oil 2-3 times daily may relieve pain within a few days. Regular use helps prevent aching joints.
10. Give yourself a gentle massage with one or more essential oils known to be effective for many types of pain. In 1 tbsp olive, grape seed or sweet almond oil, add 5-8 drops essential oil of your choice: lavender, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, or juniper.
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