Diet  Nutrition  

The 3 Factors of joint health.

Written by Ruari Hockley

Updated November 17, 2022

The most common misconception when it comes to joint health is that it’s just ‘wear and tear’ that is an inevitable factor of age…

This can be an incredibly detrimental misconception to believe, often leaving people feeling hopeless and acceptant of a lifestyle restricted by movement and mobility.

Age is a factor of joint health, but only in the sense that it represents how long we have allowed our joints to be malnourished, unsupported, and inadequately cared for.

Rigorous research has not only revealed the key missing nutrients, but also the vital steps we must take in order to lock in long term improvements in our joint health.

For those who can execute these three changes, newfound levels of mobility and freedom are there to be enjoyed.

Factor 1: The D word.

45 million people take up at least one new diet per year. What’s even crazier is that the average adult will try 126 different diets in their lifetime…

Research around improving your joint health does show that improving your diet is a vital component of finding results, however, you don’t necessarily need to add to the statistic above all together and adopt a whole new way of eating.

The food groups you’ll need to cut out are; saturated & trans fats, Omega 6s, and processed sugars.

That may have created more questions than answers, however at the end of this article you will be directed to a solution for each three factors.

Foods that you should look to ADD into your current diet are fatty fishes, tree nuts, green tea, garlic, onions, dark leafy greens and spices such as turmeric and black pepper.

Factor 2: The Right Kind of Exercise

Exercise. Some love it, some hate it.

The kind of exercise that’s important for your joints is not the typical “get out and run” type exercises – though they can still be very beneficial.

You may be wondering how movement/force through your joints can help them stay healthy?

Joints requires a certain amount of consistent use to remain lubricated and supported.

By neglected movement out of your joints, corrosive inflammation runs riot and synovial fluid (the liquid that protects and lubricates your joints) has less coverage and less effect.

Strenuous exercise that puts excessive pressure or force through your joint can be damaging, therefore exercising in the correct way with the right level of moderation is vital to get your joints self-lubricating and keeping the inflammation at bay.

Factor 3: Bridging the Nutritional Gap

The #1 most important factor to improving your joint health.

As the human population skyrockets and more strain on our farming practises becomes inevitable, we’re increasingly seeing a decline in soil nutrients and fertility.

This only promotes further use of chemicals to make sure our food supplies are meeting demand, yet in its wake continue to deplete the level of nutrients in our topsoil.

This is a problem as if our soil has a low level of nutrients, then so do our plants and meat, and therefore our bodies.

To give you some perspective on how significant this lack of nutrients is, check out these eye-opening facts.

To get the same amount of nutritional value from ONE bowl of spinach as our parents did in the 1940s, you would have to eat 40 servings of what’s in the supermarket today…

Furthermore, if you wanted the same Vitamin C contents as our parents had as children from ONE orange, today you would have to eat 8…

And who is out there eating 8 oranges and 40 bowls of spinach?

Through nutrient poor food, our body is functioning without the necessary fuel to ward off inflammation that may stem from previous injuries, a lack of movement, or even from the fats and sugars in your current diet.

Here is where age does come in…

Age represents potentially how long your joints have been malnourished, missing key nutrients, and unexercised in the right way.

Age is not the inevitable causing factor of bad joint health. It is purely an indicator of the aforementioned factors.

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