Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist, with degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies.
The Reality of aging
There is no cure for aging, but subtle tweaks may help you grow older with less pain and delay certain issues. Some issues are a part of growing older but by making changes you may be able to delay them. This article is not offering a diagnosis or cure for any medical issues. The information here is to offer alternatives to pain mediation that may bring relief for some. There are never side effects to natural remedies and they also are inexpensive or no cost. It is important for senior citizens to not simply add years to their life, but also had life to their years. If you have pain because of injuries related to an accident or specific trauma to your joints, please check with your health care professional before embarking on anything different. If you have been prescribed pain mediation, continue to take it. We know that a 70 year old will not have the stamina of an 18 year old but everyone can improve their situation.
Your health care professional may have told you to walk more to reduce pain and inflammation, but perhaps your discomfort level renders you unable to do so. Eating dark chocolate may help because it decreases inflammation which in turn reduces pain. It also lowers stress and improves memory and makes you feel good. If you are feeling good, it will encourage you to and may help you to walk further and loosen your joints..Dark chocolate is also loaded with more antioxidants than milk chocolate, My husband began walking more on his doctor's orders but the leg pain was too much for him. I suggested dark chocolate but he was never able to get into the routine of eating it regularly to find out if it works.
Tumeric is a bright yellow spice that can be purchased in grocery stores. it can be used when cooking meats and also sprinkled on top of popcorn. This spice has been used for centuries as a medicine to treat a variety of ills including liver disease, wounds, colds, and infections..Research indicates that a compound in turmeric called curcumin, is what actually reduces inflammation in the body. As with dark chocolate the reduction of inflammation reduces pain and discomfort.
Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants which help your body repair tissue damage and fight infections. The anti-inflammatory properties of this spice are potent and are beneficial when inflammation has become chronic and affecting your body's tissue..
Cayenne along with other hot chili peppers have long been praised for their health benefits. Chili peppers contain an ingredient called capsaicinoids which offer the anti inflammatory properties.
If cayenne pepper is too hot for your taste, you’ll be elated to know that black pepper is milder and has been noted for its anti-inflammatory properties also. Black pepper is most every household and many probably consider it as just an everyday food staple to spice up meals. Black pepper has been actually been labeled as the “King of Spices,” and is known for its unique flavor as well as it's anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial, benefits.
Studies indicate that the chemical compounds that are in black pepper might be effective regarding the "early acute inflammatory process".
Exercise and hydration
There are many exercises that you can do to keep your joints moving and pain free. Click on this link to see 10 that are really easy to do.You can also make it a point to have good posture and stretch arms high when you first get out of bed. Holding onto a counter or chair, rise up and down on your toes in sets of 10. It is also important to remain hydrated so that your body has proper water balance. Make sure to get in at least eight glasses a day. Dehydration can cause many issues and 70 to 80 % of our joint cartilage is composed of water.
The water content in cartilage is regulated by proteins that become gel-like after they come into contact with water. This gel-like substance is what provides lubrication, nutrition, cushioning, and shock absorption joint cartilage, which works like a sponge... In order for the sponge to be “full” and provide that “cushion” it must be full of water. If you are not drinking enough water, then any supplements you are taking for joint pain may not work their best.. Be sure you drink pure water because the caffeine in coffee and tea can cause dehydration.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on July 11, 2020:
Love this article. More knowledge in Jesus name. Amen.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2020:
You are offering some good advice regarding natural remedies. We like dark chocolate, and I try and incorporate Tumeric, and spicy peppers into our foods as much as possible. We also drink a lot of water.
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on June 10, 2020:
You had me at dark chocolate :) I eat the 85 to 90 % kind because it is low in sugar. I have read that eating 1 ounce of dark chocolate daily can reduce the risk of heart failure. Thank you for sharing :) Hope you are doing well, have a blessed week.
Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on June 10, 2020:
Hi Brenda.I am taking Turmeric in capsule form, although we have it with our curries as well.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 09, 2020:
Thank you for sharing this one.
My knee caps have really been hurting lately.
I don't really care fof the taste of tumeric but I might give it a try too.
Everything else on the list I can do. ..especially dark chocolate. Yummy!
Exercise..well, not sure but maybe I can do a few.
Take care and have a great day.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on June 09, 2020:
I use it and I can walk 5 miles a day. I'm sure ti helps.
Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on June 09, 2020:
Great article about foodstuffs and spices that can help the stiffness of joints. I have started taking turmeric and hope to experience some good results. Thanks for sharing.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 08, 2020:
I think this is an excellent article for some natural remedies. I use some of these for my osteoarthritis and lupus. They do seem to help. thanks for a very good article on this topic, Cheryl.