How to Improve Your Joint Health Naturally
Nobody wants to deal with nagging joint pain or aches that get in the way of your ability to enjoy your life, spend time with your family and exercise freely. Unfortunately, if you suffer from chronic joint pain, then you know how simple activities like walking, using a computer or even carrying grocery bags can become daunting and unenjoyable.
In this article we’re going to dive deep into what joint pain is and how you can improve your joint pain with natural herbal remedies and supplements as well as diet and lifestyle changes.
Understanding Joint Pain
If you are one of the 15 million Americans1 who suffer from ongoing joint pain, know that there is hope for you to get your life back once you understand more about what causes it.
While arthritis is one of the most common sources of joint pain, it’s not the only one.
Some other common reasons why we might experience joint pain include poor posture, injuries or physical trauma, inactivity, autoimmune conditions or connective tissue disorders, overuse from repetitive movements or exercises like running, playing soccer or cycling, and joint deterioration as we age.
Regardless of the source, it’s important to understand that joint pain is almost always rooted in inflammation2. That’s why the more you can do to reduce your inflammation, the less pain you’ll experience over time.
Diet and Lifestyle Tips for Joint Pain
One of the most important ways to combat chronic joint pain is to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet. This might include removing certain inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, corn, soy, processed and fast foods, and hydrogenated and refined oils, and adding in healing foods like avocados, fish or fish oil, walnuts, and chia seeds that are rich in omega-3s, and loads of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Incorporating collagen peptides or collagen-rich animal proteins into your diet regularly can also help promote healthy connective tissue support for your joints.
As we age, our body naturally makes less collagen so it’s a good idea to ensure you are getting enough from your diet to protect your skin, hair, nails and joints.
In addition to diet, taking epsom salt baths, applying hot and cold packs to the impacted area or using an anti-inflammatory topical cream can help soothe aches and pain, relax tensed areas and reduce swelling.
Wise Woman Herbals Fire and Ice Balm is a cooling and warming blend specifically designed to promote joint and musculoskeletal health and encourage a normal healthy inflammatory response in people of all ages. Our Joint Support Salve is another great blend of healing aromatherapeutic herbs like St. John’s Wort and peppermint, camphor, thyme, sage and eucalyptus essential oils that easily absorb into the skin to promote joint comfort.
Best Joint Health Supplements & Herbs
Another way to naturally improve joint pain is to incorporate certain supplements and herbal remedies into your daily health regimen.
Wise Woman Herbals Turmeric Gold Capsules are a great option for those looking for a natural alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers. In fact, studies show that turmeric is just as — if not more — effective in reducing inflammation and joint pain than NSAIDs3. This ancient herb has been used for centuries in many Eastern cultures for various healing benefits.
Turmeric contains the active compound curcuminoid, which when taken in a therapeutic dose can support joint comfort, maintain joint mobility and even improve digestive health by acting on our inflammation response pathways.
In fact, a 2016 study4 showed that taking a high dose of 1000 mg of curcmunin each day for an average of 8-12 weeks helped reduce inflammation and joint pain.
Another great remedy is our Joint Support Capsules, which include natural herbs like yucca, devil’s claw, alfalfa, black cohosh, juniper and Indian frankincense. These herbs have been used for many years to support normal healthy joint and connective tissue, promote recovery following exercise or overuse and support a normal healthy inflammatory response.
By adopting even just a few of these herbal remedies and lifestyle practices, you can significantly improve your joint health and get back to doing the activities you love most!
- Joint Pain and Arthritis. (2020, May 22). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/pain/index.htm#:~:text=Chronic pain caused by arthritis,joint pain related to arthritis
- Sokolove, J., & Lepus, C. M. (2013). Role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis: latest findings and interpretations. Therapeutic advances in musculoskeletal disease, 5(2), 77–94. https://doi.org/10.1177/1759720X12467868
- Shep, D., Khanwelkar, C., Gade, P. et al. Safety and efficacy of curcumin versus diclofenac in knee osteoarthritis: a randomized open-label parallel-arm study. Trials 20, 214 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3327-2
- Daily, J. W., Yang, M., & Park, S. (2016). Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. Journal of medicinal food, 19(8), 717–729. https://doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2016.3705