14 Natural Remedies For Joint Pain

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Joint pain can leave you stopped in your tracks. It seems that it is becoming more and more common, especially amongst adults. Typical intermittent aches and pains can plague all of us, but when joint pain begins to become chronic, it can feel like it is becoming a way of life. And, simultaneously taking away from the ease of your life. 

Joint pain is most often felt in areas such as knees, hips, low back, shoulders, ankles, and wrists. Inflammation is the main culprit but the root cause could come from overuse, injury, muscle strain, muscle weakness, autoimmune disease, and general systemic inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications can help to ease the discomfort in the short term, but rarely addresses the root cause of that inflammation. Not to mention, in some cases, these medications can make you feel great in the short-term but actually worsen the root cause. 

There are many options to naturally decrease joint pain. If the joint pain onset is related to a deeper foundational root cause (i.e., weakened gut health, leaky gut, systemic stress, etc), then implementing some of these natural remedies could greatly decrease your joint pain and also heal your body on a deeper level. You don’t need to do all of these tips, but picking the ones that seem to work for you could greatly decrease your pain and discomfort (and bring more ease back into your life!). 

  1. Drink plenty of water (and stay hydrated). This tip is one of the most important and most foundational, yet one that gets overlooked all the time. Water lubricates and cushions the joints. Make sure that you are drinking half of your bodyweight (in lbs) in ounces of water daily, more if you consume dehydrating beverages (i.e., coffee, teas, and juices) and/or sweating often.
  2. Remove gluten, dairy, and sugar from your diet. Your body becomes more inflamed the more you eat foods that can increase inflammation. These are the main foods that cause inflammation and body flare ups. This includes not only joint pain, but also acne, rashes, and other inflammatory-related symptoms.
  3. Eat the right kind of fats. Fats are essential for overall body and hormone functioning, but the right kinds of fats are important. Remove inflammatory Omega-6 fats, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, and other seed oils. Add in more Omega-3 fats and monounsaturated fats, such as wild-caught salmon and extra virgin olive oil. These are excellent for managing and decreasing inflammation. If you don’t do fatty fish, you could try consuming a fish oil supplement to help get these healthy benefits. 
  4. Get plenty of sun (with skin exposure) or take a Vitamin D/K2 supplement. Vitamin D is important for supporting healthy bones. It helps with calcium absorption and those with low levels of vitamin D are linked with higher levels of osteoarthritis. 
  5. Consume plenty of high-quality animal protein. Your body needs the full set of amino acids to keep your bones strong, support muscle recovery, and decrease inflammation/joint pain. Animal protein will give you the complete range of amino acids, B-vitamins, choline, magnesium, and iron that you need to support healthy tissue. The key word, however, is high- quality — grass-fed beef, pasteurize- raised poultry and eggs, and wild game such as venison. The muscle meat is not the only part that is nutritious for your joints…
  6. Consume a form of collagen. Along with the animal protein, consuming forms of collagen are super helpful in calming joint pain. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the your body and it helps to build joints and keep connective tissue strong. Consuming collagen, gelatin, or bone broth are ways of getting in natural glucosamine, which have been shown helpful in reducing joint pain. 
  7. Use high doses of curcumin. Turmeric has become popular specifically because of it’s active ingredient curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  8. Up your magnesium intake. Most people are deficient in magnesium, even if they are eating a nutrient-dense diet. Low levels of magnesium can cause muscle aches, joint pain, leg spasms, weakened bones, and unhealthy nerve function. If you are low in magnesium or suspect that you are, try taking a high-quality magnesium supplement. 
  9. Get active. Regular exercise is critical for healthy muscle and joint function. It helps to strengthen the muscles and joints and decrease your potential for injury. Exercise is also important for balancing hormones such as human growth hormone, cortisol, and other hormones that play a role in appetite and aging. Make sure that you lift heavy weights (appropriate for your body) and stretch regularly to loosen the pressure placed on your joints. 
  10. Eliminate nightshades foods. Nightshades include foods like peppers, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, goji berries, paprika, and ashwagandha. These foods can play a role in joint pain and muscle aches — inflammation — possibly due to the alkaloid content, or toxic compounds, that those plants can give off as a self-defense. 
  11. Try a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement. This combination has been shown to be helpful in nourishing the joints for some people. It can support the health of the cartilage. There are some people who notice worsening effects, so if you try it and your symptoms get worse or you don’t notice anything, stop taking it. 
  12. Try a high-quality CBD or hemp oil daily. CBD and hemp oil have very powerful anti-inflammatory effects and can be the “thing” that helps lessen the effect of chronic pain and inflammation. Make sure that when choosing one of these oils, that you find a company that is high-quality, tested for metals or toxins, and is sustainably resourced. 
  13. Use essential oils. Lavender, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Rosemary are just a few of the essential oils that have been linked to decreasing joint pain. Dilute 1-2 drops in a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, etc) and rub over the affected area to help decrease pain and discomfort. 
  14. Try the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol), if you are still have joint pain. If you are still having problems after doing the foundational steps, you may need to take a deeper dive. Eliminating foods such as coffee, eggs, grains, and nuts can help to calm your body’s inflammation and chronic pain. Doing this for a few months has given some people great relief and has helped them to discover exactly what foods are triggering their joint pain. 

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Joint pain and body inflammation does not need to stop you from enjoy all that life has to offer. There are plenty of natural approaches you can try to help give you relief. Not only will these help to give you relief, but they also help to support the body as a whole!

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4 Surprising Things That Drain Your Energy

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Sometimes it can feel like the wind has been taken right out of your sails. One moment you are flying high and the next moment, you feel like curling up on the couch with a  pint of Ben and Jerry’s tucked under you arm while you watch your favorite Netflix special. I have been there.

We all are highly participating players at one time or another in our lives. We push ourselves hard, but at the same time, we are pushed back by the impact of those that we interact with. It is a never-ending cycle of energy exchange and stressors placed on our bodies.

When I get stuck in an energy drain,  I am usually left feeling unmotivated, uninspired, exhausted, and like I have been hit by a truck.

 And it comes at the most unexpected times…

As I stood in the driveway, looking him in the eye, I could hear the hate and anger spewing out of his mouth as he complained about the woes of the world and the heaviness in his heart. I could feel the daggers being thrown into my body — one painful hit after another. He ranted and raved about the injustices and his views about politics. All I could do was stand there in silence, taking the blows of his words and feeling the drain of my energy seeping out of my body. I just wanted to escape.

All of this during a family picnic. A time for happiness. A place of laughter.

Yet here I was stuck as his negative energy vomited all over me.

As I planned my escape, all I could think of was…

“Get me to the couch, pronto!”

The energy drain is real and it can seem like every day is a game of “will I” or “won’t I” be exhausted by the end of the day. When you aren’t prepared like I was at that picnic, you can never really know how the day will turn out. There are obvious energy drains like eating unhealthy foods, finding your stress unmanageable, not getting enough sleep, and not exercising enough. But, there are many drains that you don’t even realize exist — and, that you are participating freely in!

Here are 4 things that could be draining your energy and leaving you exhausted:

Energy Drain #1: Nature Blindness

Nature is healing, even for the the non-outdoor lovers. Plants, trees, fresh air, sunshine — all can lift our spirits and calm our senses. But most of us don’t fully engage in nature to get the real benefits. To get the full benefits, you want to engage your senses. If you have a cellphone attached to your ear or you are focused on how much mileage you are tracking, you may want to reconsider how you engage your senses. The color green evokes feelings of calmness, forest dirt microbes are linked to healthy immune systems, inhaled cypress tree compounds reduce stress hormones and blood pressure and birdsong supports brain neuron health.

But it doesn’t stop there! To really achieve full wellness, get your hands and feet dirty — play in the dirt or dig in a garden. This creates a grounding effect, aka Earthing, and has researched health benefits such as neutralizing free radicals, improving sleep, decreasing stress, decreasing pain, boosting immunity, decreasing inflammation, just to name a few.

Go for a hike and listen to the birds. Get out onto a lake and kayak through the calming waters. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.

Feeling the sunshine against my skin, smelling the fresh breezes, and running my hands over grass or leaves or flowers brings a sense of peace and vitality. It’s an instant mood booster!

Energy Drain #2: Exercise Overload

Too much exercise could be too much of a good thing. It can drain your energy and create an imbalance in your hormones. Especially when it is not the right kind of exercise for you or it is something that you really don’t even enjoy doing. The key is to listen to your body.

When we push ourselves too hard and increase our cortisol levels, a stress hormone, that creates a state of inner body stress. If that inner stress is coupled with other forms of stress that infiltrate our daily lives, then that extra stress from too much exercise can place a deplete on other hormones — causing weight gain, fatigue, and other health issues. Excessive stress can also fatigue your adrenal glands, setting you up for some chronic fatigue issues.

Listen to your body. If your body is feeling overly fatigued, then take a yoga class, participate in some deep stretching, or even take a rest day. Your body knows what it needs.

Energy Drain #3: Negative Friends And Family

This has always been a wrecking ball on my energy, but I never really knew it until I actually KNEW it. Who you surround yourself really does make a difference to your energy levels. The best tip of advice? Seek what restores you. 

According to a study published in the journal Neurology, high levels of negativity is linked to an increased risk of dementia. Negativity increases stress in the body. Increased stress in the body increases body inflammation. And, increased body inflammation increases inflammation on the brain, which is the primary cause of dementia. The people you spend time with at home, at work and in social circles contribute to your emotional and physical health.

It is so easy to get pulled into negativity. It may feel satisfying to a certain respect because it creates a sense of community or like you are building friendships. And we all do it from time to time. But over time, it can lead to patterns of negative thinking and negative mindset. Negative mindsets create a feeling of drain and dissatisfaction — and, it can increase the inflammation in the body, zapping your energy quicker than you realize.

One of the best ways to know if you are stuck in a negative cycle is to go on vacation and see the difference in your body and attitude. Are you suddenly getting good sleep? Do you feel less tension in your body? If so, it’s important to find ways to relax and replenish positive energy!

You can not pick your family. But you can balance a negative day with something positive by listening to your favorite music, going for a walk, engaging in your favorite hobby, or chasing your cat around your house.

Energy Drain #4: Water Shortage

Dehydration is a real problem. Not only is it a problem in the moment, but it creates a slew of health concerns, all leading to energy drain. Drinking enough water is super important, but sometimes that can feel very challenging. That is when it is smart to start choosing high-water-weight foods.

When you feel thirsty, that is a sign that you are dehydrated. Catching it ahead of time can be a critical step for managing your energy levels. Since the human body is composed of about 60-65% water, you need to stay hydrated so that all your organs function properly and your body runs like a smooth machine. When it starts to wear down and get overworked, that can steal more energy from your reserves, create an imbalance in your hormones, and make you feel sluggish and fatigued.

You can determine whether you need to adjust fluid intake by how you feel, where and how you live and how much you are sweating, to name a few. For instance, if you are tired or constipated, drink more fluids or eat foods high in water content, such as watermelon, spinach, tomatoes and broth. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, as well as athletes and people living in warmer climates and at high altitudes, all need to consume more fluids than the general population. The demands are higher.

How can you tell if you aren’t getting enough? You can tell you aren’t getting enough water if your urine appears dark, you feel dizzy or lightheaded or you aren’t thinking clearly. When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water first because you may just be thirsty. Keep a refillable water bottle with you all day. And of course, drink before and after a workout.

The things you do every day to manage your energy levels matter on a greater scale — they matter to your body, mind, emotions and even longevity. These common energy drainers can wear you down, but making a few small tweaks, you can set yourself up for a lifetime of energetic wellness.

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