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Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Sports Injury
Bone & Joint Support Can Help
By Linda Mackenzie, C.H.T., Ph.D. ( c )

Over 100 million Americans suffer from arthritis, osteoporosis or sports injury to the bone and joints. Supporting bone and joint health is the best defense against pain, long term problems and injury and here's why!

ARTHRITIS
There are 100 rheumatic diseases that may be diagnosed as arthritis. True Arthritis comes in two forms osteoarthritis and rheumatoid.

ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS
Joint immobility
Inflammation or enlargement of the joints
Stiffness
Swelling
Pain
Deformity

POSSIBLE ARTHRITIS CAUSES:
Environmental factors
Food allergies
Fungal, viral or bacterial infection
Diet or eating processed foods
Obesity

OSTEOPOROSIS
Osteoporosis, although associated with menopause is not a symptom of menopause. It can happen to men too! A progressive disease, osteoporosis causes weakness in the bone structure which brings a higher risk to getting bone fractures.

POSSIBLE OSTEOPOROSIS CAUSES
Nutrient Deficiency of calcium, vitamin D, boron, silicon, manganese, zinc, and copper
Anorexia
Poor diet
Excessive caffeine
Long term use of corticosteroids, anticoagulant or anti-seizure medications
Lack of exercise
Kidney, liver, thyroid and endocrine disease.

SPORTS INJURY
Sports injury can occur from any sport that is played continually over a long period time or from an accident. From tiddly winks to football repetitive motion can put a strain on tendons, muscles, bones and joints.

IMPROVING BONE & JOINT HEALTH
By protecting your bone & joint health you may be able to prevent, minimize or reduce healing time of bone & joint problems. Normal bone health depends on heredity, nutritional, lifestyle and hormonal, liver and kidney functional activity.

• Physical exercise usually increases bone growth; lack of exercise leads to bone loss. Weight training exercises for 30-60minutes, 3-4 times a week is best. Try Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga and walking.

• Foods to avoid or limit: sugar, caffeine, artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives, processed foods, processed meats and fast foods. For arthritis also eliminate or limit intake of tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and mushrooms

• Limit red meat to 3 times a week

• Eat right with a high fiber, mostly vegetarian diet with lots of green, leafy vegetables

• Reduce or eliminate alcohol because it promotes bone loss

• Try helpful herbs like boswellia, yucca, willow bark, devils claw, ginger, tumeric, basil, dandelion, parsley, cumin, oat straw, stinging nettle and black cohash.

• Use aromatherapy oils like rose, lavender, sage, eucalyptus, rosemary and benzoin.
Stop smoking; smokers have lower bone mass.

• Wear proper shoes and use proper equipment when playing sports.

• Try homeopathy for bones and joints.

• Use dietary supplements such as: A good multi-vitamin; Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, fish oil, coenzyme Q10, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, boron, silicon, manganese, zinc, copper, MSM, glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin and green foods like spirulina, chlorella or blue green algae.

 



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