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BIEN-ETRE Vitamins for joints & bones: how to stay flexible?


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Most joint and bone diseases have excess acidity in common.

To neutralize this, our body will look for minerals in its first reserve: our skeleton. The latter ends up being completely devoid of minerals and becomes fragile, leaving a deposit of small crystals on the fingers, hips, wrists, knees, etc. preventing the mobility of these joints , sometimes leading to deformation by swelling. Current joint problems generally occur among large consumers of cheese. The latter is, in fact, the worst food for the joints ... Yes I know... The truth hurts! So how can you relieve joint pain quickly and naturally? Quickly find out how to take care of your joints , what sport to practice, what supplement to take.

First of all, arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, what is the difference?

Several joint infections exist.

Arthritis is joint inflammation. It can be the consequence of trauma or overuse in the case of sport or repeated exercise. Rest is often sovereign, which is more or less easy depending on the type of joint concerned. Arthritis is constantly painful from waking up to going to bed.

We speak of polyarthritis when several joints are affected.

Rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are autoimmune diseases whose symptoms are however treated with the same plants as classic arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative and joint process, it is a more or less physiological wear and tear with age or earlier in the case of recurrent arthritis with damage to the cartilages. These are located between two bones of a joint to limit their friction. In the event of wear, the bones collide more frequently, causing pain. Unlike arthritis, osteoarthritis is painful in flare-ups only when the joints are stressed.

Osteoporosis is linked to the reduction in the protein structure of bones, which is itself linked to the drop in estrogen at menopause. These hormones, in fact, play a protective role on bone mass. Prevention of this pathology occurs very early, from childhood, thanks to good nutrition sufficient in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D, then in adolescence with sporting activities and good muscles. There is no fatality either, just measures to take and imaging monitoring using bone densitometry.

Regardless of your situation or your age, Epycure has created a natural and effective cure for your joint comfort . Here are also some tips for the good health of your joints .

What water to drink for healthy joints?

Drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day, of good quality and with low mineral content, to treat your joints . Waters rich in calcium like Courmayeur, Contrex, Hépar are a bad idea. Even if they contain these minerals, they also facilitate the urinary excretion of calcium from the body, canceling out the positive balance of their mineral intake because of their richness in sulfate, an acidifier. Therefore, prefer waters with low mineral content, those which are indicated as being suitable for preparing baby bottles: Volvic, Evian, Mont-Roucous.

Limescale tap water should also be avoided. If you don't want to buy bottled water, you can simply buy a stick of vegetable charcoal to slip into your carafe to purify your water and revitalize it.

What diet should you adopt for healthy joints?

Food is your first medicine. Before taking food supplements or vitamin complexes galore, first adopt a new lifestyle with a healthy and balanced diet.

Unfortunately, not all foods are good for the joints . So what foods are good for joints ? Here are some dietary tips to take care of your joints , relieve joint pain quickly and naturally.

The main objective is to provide as many naturally anti-inflammatory foods as possible, remineralizing due to their richness in silica and alkalizing minerals: to respect the acid-base balance of the body.

  • Limit all foods:
  • Acids such as unripe green fruits, citrus fruits, blackcurrants, kiwi, rhubarb, tomatoes, cooked spinach, etc.
  • Pro-inflammatories and Acidifiers

1. Reduce gluten grains (wheat, rye, oats, barley, spelt). They are acidifying but also inflammatory. Instead, opt for easier-to-digest gluten-free grains like buckwheat, rice, and quinoa.

2. Eat more “basifying” foods that will compensate for excess acidity in your body such as vegetables, especially green ones, sprouted seeds, bananas, chestnuts, squash, sweet potatoes, almonds without the skin, fresh herbs…

3. Consume vegetable juices, in addition to providing you with plenty of vitamins , they quickly eliminate acidity. If you digest them well, eat raw fruits and vegetables as much as you want. Otherwise opt for soups and steamed vegetables.

4. Add superfoods that will remineralize you: honey, royal jelly, pollen, algae, sprouted seeds, nettle. Into your dishes, include anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric or ginger.

5. Don't forget good fats like nuts, coconut, hemp seeds, camelina, flax, rapeseed oils; fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, eels, anchovies, cod liver and its oil. No worries, these fats do not affect your weight in any way. Integrate them into your diet for life to take care of your health.

How to move to have healthy joints?

Yes, physical activity is good for the joints ! It is important to keep moving and playing sports. Without movement, the bones and tissues of the body (tendons, ligaments, muscles, fascia) become even more fragile. So what sport to practice? What training to implement?

Yoga, tai chi, qi gong, etc. are gentle physical activities that allow you to maintain movement. Stretching in particular helps maintain motor skills and flexibility of muscles and tendons, while reducing stiffness in the joints . Amplitude exercises maintain the capabilities of the joint in order to prepare them to resume endurance practices or bodybuilding. These gentle sports especially avoid recurring pain in the knee and can be practiced throughout life.

Strength training exercises maintain and develop the muscles necessary to support and strengthen affected joints . Endurance exercises including swimming and cycling improve cardiovascular fitness, overall fitness, increase well-being and help with weight control.

For those who have difficulty motivating themselves, here are some tips for sticking to your sports training:

  • Choose an activity that you enjoy above all
  • Engage with a partner to avoid churn.
  • Go to an address near you.

Which essential oils for healthy joints?

Once the diet has been modified and appropriate sports training has been implemented, you can use some essential oils to quickly relieve your joint pain. Cortisone is not the only solution. Aromatherapy is also a natural treatment technique that improves your quality of life like a super kick.

The essential oil of wintergreen ( Gaultheria Procumbens ) is most appropriate for all joint pain, including osteoarthritis or arthritis, without forgetting tendinitis or post- running knee pain.

With 99% methyl salicylate, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory substance, it is very close to aspirin (be careful with people on anticoagulants and/or allergic to Aspirin)

With lemon eucalyptus essential oil ( Eucalyptus Citriodora ), also anti-inflammatory and analgesic, they form a winning combo against joint pain!

Anti-joint pain massage oil to apply : In a 100ml bottle pour 10 ml = 300 drops of Wintergreen, 10 ml = 300 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus complete with St. John's Wort or Arnica vegetable oil. Apply to the painful area 1 to 3 times a day.

There are gels based on organic silicon, Harpagophytum and essential oil of Wintergreen, Katafray, black pepper which are very effective due to their versatility of effect: reconstituting tissues, joint anti-inflammatories and muscle painkillers. Silica gels alone are also good remineralizers and analgesics.

What minerals for healthy joints?

As a basic treatment, you do not need 10 thousand food supplements or vitamin complexes to take care of your joints . Trace elements are real aids for remineralizing.

  • Copper (CU) allows the synthesis of collagen ensuring bone strength
  • Manganese (Mn) replenishes cartilage
  • Silicon (SI) allows bone calcification, i.e. its remineralization
  • Sulfur (S) allows the synthesis of chondroitins, a constituent of cartilage
  • Zinc (ZN) is involved in the multiplication of bone-building cells

There are also more specific food supplements depending on your concern. For any additional information, use the services of a naturopath who will be able to guide you correctly.

Obviously all of these tips are only recommendations and in no way replace a doctor's diagnosis. In case of joint problems, pain and rheumatism, do not hesitate to consult a rheumatologist. Do not wait for complications and consult as soon as pain appears. Up to you. Take care of yourself.

Solène Senejko

Ingénieure Alimentation & Santé