Do This One Simple Thing to Keep Your Joints Younger for Longer

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Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

“OOOUUUCCCH! When did getting out of a chair start hurting so much?!?”

A few weeks ago, when I was visiting my family, this is what my dad asked me as he got out of his chair.

Like many folks, my father suffers from joint and muscle stiffness. And while during most of the year he walks about 2–3 miles a day with his loyal walking partner, a dog named Bruce, he’s lucky to get in half a mile during the blazing-hot Florida summer.

It’s in these months that he experiences more pain and stiffness than usual. And as it seems, there is a good reason for this, which I will share in just a bit. Fortunately, there is a solution for my father and anyone else who suffers from chronic joint pain and stiffness.

That’s why we have invited our colleague, Lisa Ball, of Plum Dragon Herbs and Dit Da Jow, to help explain some of the reasons why joint stiffness and pain occur and the best way to help keep your joints younger for longer.

Plus, she will tell you about some amazing, 100 percent natural herbal products that may alleviate joint pain and stiffness.

Take it away, Lisa…

Do This One Simple Thing to Keep Your Joints Younger for Longer

Everyone knows that our bodies change as we age, but what does that look like up close at the joints? And, more importantly, what can we do to keep them younger for longer? We are going to answer these questions for you and tell you about some awesome 100 percent natural herbal products you can use to help heal injuries and pain, and condition joints and connective tissue.

--Decreases in Muscle Fibers

As you age, there is usually a decrease in the size and number of muscle fibers, especially if you’re sedentary. This causes your remaining muscle tissue to have a slower response time. Almost everyone experiences a noticeable change in their quickness as they approach their 40s and 50s. This puts more stress on the remaining muscle fibers when they try to perform at the same level, and that extra stress raises your risk of strains and pulled muscles.

--Lower Cardiac Output

The heart’s a muscle too, so when it starts performing at a lower level, less blood is delivered to your muscles and joints for fuel and recovery. You’ll notice that your endurance capacity isn’t what it used to be, and that recovering from strenuous work takes longer. When full recovery takes longer, it’s easier to build up cumulative damage to a point where something tears.

--Fluid Loss in Connective Tissues

At any age, connective tissue has a very low blood supply compared to other tissues, so things like nutrient delivery and recovery time are always fairly slow compared to tissues like muscle and skin.

But as you age, the challenge deepens because there is often an overall loss of water in tendon, ligaments, and cartilage, which makes them lose some of their cushion and flexibility.

This rigidity makes them more vulnerable to stress. So, when you are coming back down from that jump shot in basketball, the Achilles tendon in your heel is not going to provide as much shock-absorbing help and can tear in the process.

Combine lower cardiac output and higher stress, and tendons (which are like fibrous cords that attach muscles to bone) can reach a point where they never have time to fully recover. Damage accumulates until a joint is chronically inflamed.

Ligaments (which connect bone to bone) have an even weaker blood supply than tendons and can be particularly hard to repair when damage accumulates.

Cartilage, which has no blood supply at all, can also suffer the same kind of cumulative damage. Just like ligaments and tendons, it loses its water content, providing less cushion and making it more likely to be damaged when stress is placed on a joint. Constant joint loads can wear it away until signs of arthritis start showing up.

--Why Motion and Challenge Are the Answer

Physiology experts of all shades, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, confirm that the most effective way to slow age-related changes in muscles, ligaments and joints is by remaining active in ways that both stretch and challenge muscles and connective tissue. It’s not just age, but the lack of movement and use of muscles that allow the aging process to speed up.

Even if you’re eating calcium- and vitamin D-rich foods, popping a handful of glucosamine and chondroitin pills and drinking traditional bone broth, you still have to move those joints in order to help all that goodness get to where it can do some good.

Pilates, swimming, yoga and many other forms of exercise that incorporate flexibility simultaneously provide great benefits for joint health. The goal is to keep every part of the joint moving (with appropriate rest in between, of course).

Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous, but it should be consistent, and it should at least be challenging enough to send the signal to your muscles that they have a reason to stick around.

--Liniments Can Extend What Exercise Begins

Certain liniments can have both a healing and conditioning effect on connective tissues and can have dramatic pain-relieving effects:

  • If it’s conditioning you’re after, it’s hard to do better than our Ancestors Advanced Dit Da Jow. If you know you need to strengthen a particular area of the body that has been weakened for some time, or if you sustained an injury that has never fully healed, this is the formula for you
  • If you’re already dealing with a fresh painful and swollen or bruised injury, Bruise Juice is excellent for helping with the inflammation, redness/bruising and swelling and pain of fresh injuries
  • Or, you can get the best of both worlds with Ho Family Dit Da Jow, our best-selling formula known for both its conditioning properties and its ability to reduce pain and accelerate healing from injuries caused by overuse. (Please note this formula is NOT for fresh injuries where bruising and swelling are still present. This formula is best for chronic injury and pain.)

Click here to find out more about the amazing powers of Plum Dragon’s Dit Da Jow!

Lisa Ball
CEO, Plum Dragon Herbs and Dit Da Jow.

As always, check with your doctor before starting a new herbal product.

And let us know if you have used a dit da jow before! Write me at nmoore@lfb.org

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

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