Amy McGorry: Between the ages of 30 and 40 wear and tear begins to take a toll on the body. Bone mass begins to decrease, muscle fiber shorten and weaken, joints begin to lose their cushions and cartilage starts to erode. Here are few tips to help your body stay young and active.
First, strengthen and tone your muscles. The stronger you are, the less likely you'll be injured in a fall. What's more lifting weights as a little as twice a weak reverses loss of mitochondria giving you and your muscles extra energy.
Also, make sure to get enough calcium. Calcium is the main component of bone but 78% of us don't get enough, especially after age 50. Food sources include fat-free milk, which provides a third of the daily value for calcium and spinach which delivers 12% of the DV for calcium and also contains vitamin C. a collagen builder then improves calcium absorption.
You may also want to try a Glucosamine supplement. Glucosamine is a natural compound used in the formation and repair cartilage in a building block for joint fluid tendons, ligaments, membrane and blood vessels. It can help maintain, the structural integrity of joints and connective tissue.
Look for a formula with MSM, a natural source of sulphur found in the body, which is important in the formation of collagen and joints. We recommend taking vitamins and supplements with a meal as you're more likely to remember to take them. Try incorporating your daily dose during breakfast.
Finally, stay ahead of arthritis pain with massage and acupuncture, two natural treatments known to ease arthritis pain. Recent studies have shown that stimulation of pressure points, either manually or with acupuncture needles prompts the nervous system to release chemicals that mask pain.
If you like to give acupuncture a try, be sure to check credentials. Doctors who practice acupuncture should be certified under the American Board of Medical Acupuncture and alternative medicine practitioners should be licensed through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Follow these tips to stay active at any age.