Incorporating 5 Essentials™
Get a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic treatment can specifically benefit pain and other symptoms of osteoarthritis, as well as other joint complications including strain and injury.(4,5) Chiropractic care has shown success throughout history and can help restore motion and reduce joint pain.(5)
Maintain regular chiropractic care. In addition to adjustments, chiropractors may consider or recommend supportive interventions or methods to reduce muscle spasms and relieve tenderness in addition to using active exercises or traction to slowly stretch your joints and help increase your range of motion.(6)
Include fresh, organic cherries in your diet. Cherries contain anthocyanins, which are a pigment with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.(7) The consumption of cherries can help reduce both joint pain and inflammation.(8)
Increase your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Comprehensive sources include cold-water, wild-caught fish, raw walnuts, and flaxseeds.(9) Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, and can help reduce swelling, stiffness, and joint tenderness, as well as promote recovery after injury.(10,11)
Spice your meals and beverages with turmeric. Turmeric contains the compound curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.(12,13) As a result, it helps decrease joint pain and inflammation.(14)
Avoid processed, inflammatory foods. These include sugar, fried foods, refined grains and oils, frozen meals, and packaged snacks. These foods can increase joint pain, inflammation, and decrease recovery time following injury.(15,16)
Consume collagen-rich foods, such as bone broth, grass-fed beef, and free-range chicken.(17) Collagen protects cartilage, which is the tissue that cushions the joints. Consuming collagen can help to reduce joint pain caused by both physical activity and arthritis.(18,19)
Drink at least 8 glasses of clean, filtered water per day. Cartilage is about 80 percent water. When the body is not hydrated, it can pull water from cartilage and harm the joints.(20)
Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.(21) Poor sleep can increase inflammation, joint pain, and risk of injury.(22,23,24)
Practice techniques to help you relax. Joint pain can often cause sleep disturbance, so it is important to avoid overstimulation before bed to improve relaxation and sleep.(25) Avoid blue light exposure at night as it can decrease the production of melatonin.(26) Additionally, caffeine at night can affect sleep quality up to six hours prior to bedtime.(27)
Oxygen & Exercise
Exercise regularly. The thought of exercising with joint pain may seem overwhelming, but regular exercise can actually help increase strength and reduce joint pain.(28)
Use caution and don’t overdo it. Low intensity exercise such as low-impact water aerobics can help ease the body into exercise without putting excess strain on the joints.(29)
Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise program.
Avoid smoking. Cigarette smoking can increase inflammation and make recovery from injury more difficult.(30) Additionally, smoking can also result in cartilage loss and heightened joint pain.(31)
Drink alcohol in moderation. Some alcohol can have health benefits in limited quantities, however, too much alcohol can increase inflammation and the risk of joint disorders.(32)
If you have any concerns about your joint health, please consult with your healthcare practitioner about performing the proper blood tests.
Talk to your healthcare practitioner about including these and/or any other supplements in your dietary practices.
Joint Health Supplement Recommendations
Curcumin C3® with BioPerine®
Instructions for Use
2 capsules daily with a meal
1 capsule daily with a meal
1 serving (scoop) daily
Multivitamin (Men's or Women's)
Vitamin D3 + Probiotics
B-Complex with Delayed Release
Instructions for Use
1 capsule twice daily with food
1 capsule daily with food
1 capsule daily
2 softgels - 1 -2 times daily with food
4 capsules daily with food
Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner’s support.
*For optimal results, we recommend you perform a metabolic analysis profile test, which tests for key biomarkers that identify nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, bacterial overgrowth, and drug effects. Talk with your MaxLiving Chiropractor about the Metabolix Program to get tested and be able to obtain a more customized health plan.
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