Avoiding Joint Pain Through Healthy Habits and Treating Pain with Topical Products
Joint cracks, stiffness, and inflammation are typical challenges you may associate with growing older. But, that’s not always the case. A 2018 study by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease found 61 million people between the ages of 18 and 64 were affected with arthritis – a disorder known to affect joints. That statistic doesn’t even include those that may suffer from other joint-related pain. This shows us that joint pain isn’t just a concern for the elderly. Joints can be a crunchy topic for anyone. You may be wondering what you can do to avoid joint trouble or, if you are already in the suffering stage, what you can do to alleviate some of that pain. Let’s help you out by talking about healthy habits.
Adjust your Diet – Foods and Supplements
First, it always goes without saying – healthy joints start with the healthy habits of a good diet (for you). Pay attention to foods that might make you feel particularly inflamed, and try cutting them out of your diet for a couple of days and assessing your joint concerns. Many people point to sugar as an ingredient that makes them feel bad, and it’s often the culprit in inflammation.[AW1] While we totally enjoy celebrating with a piece of cake or a scoop of ice cream – keep it in moderation and know you may not be doing your body any favors.
If you are not on board with taking food out of your diet – perhaps adding foods and/or supplements into your diet is a better approach. The goal is that you feel less pain – not more. This is not a situation where no pain, no gain rings true. If you add something to your diet, always take an inventory of your body to determine if you’re feeling better or worse when you’re consuming something. In general, some foods generally help with inflammation:
- Fatty Fish – anything that’s high in Omega-3s
- Nuts – look for nuts high in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) like walnuts
- Leafy Greens – filled with all sorts of vitamins that keep you feeling great
- Olive Oil – great to use on salads or in cooking (don’t burn it)
Tip: Knock all those good foods off your list for the day by having a salmon salad with chopped walnuts and oil/vinegar as your dressing.
If you’re not able to get fish regularly into your diet, a good fish oil capsule is something that can be a game-changer. Don’t skimp on the price because rancid fish oil will surely leave you with a bad time. Not only can it make you sick in the short-term, but it also won’t help you in the long-term.
Adding ingestible CBD into your daily wellness routine is a great way to keep your joints healthy and happy?
If you haven’t heard about our Re-Ascend product – this is a great way to support your joints. This product was specially formulated with Univestin, which is clinically proven to ease joint discomfort, decrease stiffness, and enhance mobility. It also includes turmeric, a spice known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains no CBD – so you can pair it with any of our products safely. And if you hate the taste of turmeric – another product we’d recommend is our CBD Free Turmeric Gummies. Our turmeric gummies are pre-dosed for your convenience and don’t have a bitter aftertaste. They are lightly sweetened with cane sugar and don’t contain any high-fructose corn syrup
Add in Some Exercise
Going to the gym is getting more popular these days – and for a good reason. While Amanda, the owner of Relive Everyday, may love to squat, bench, and deadlift, weightlifting may not be the exercise of choice for everyone. Find a movement pattern that you enjoy that also leaves you better in the long-term. Keeping your joints moving, even when stiff and achy, can be a great way to help reduce joint pain. Plus, exercise can release endorphins – leaving you feeling happier AND less achy. It’s a win/win.
Get a Great Night of Sleep
People really underestimate sleep and its effects on recovery, which includes removing the waste our cells create that can lead to inflammation. We’ve discussed the benefits of a good night of sleep on our blog before. If you’d like to know more, head on over to “5 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep”. If you want help with a good night of sleep – don’t forget about our The REM Series.
Topicals – Take the Edge Off
You eat right, you exercise, and you take a butt-ton of supplements, but you still have pain. Now what? Topicals can be your last defense when the pain is already happening.
Most creams, ointments, gels, etc., have two penetration methods: Transdermal and Standard. Transdermal topical products are formulated so that they can penetrate deeply or get into your bloodstream via skin surface application. Depending on what you’re using, these can have effects beyond just relief to the application area. Standard topicals are created to penetrate the area only minimally, and the results are localized to the area applied. Most creams and ointments on the market are not formulated to go into the bloodstream – which can be great if you’re taking medication for pain already.
Our Re-Align CBD Creams and Ointments were formulated to absorb beyond just skin level, but not quite so much for it to hit your bloodstream. We wanted to give people the option to pair these topicals with any of our CBD ingestibles. The menthol will help open up your pores, so the CBD can dive deeper. You may not know, but CBD’s molecular size is pretty big – bigger than our pores would typically allow to enter. The menthol helps to open the pores just enough to let the CBD help in other ways.
If you’re already experiencing pain – topicals are certainly the go-to step to take. Some days you can’t plan for more inflammation – or it catches you off guard like a stubbed toe. Reaching for a topical to sooth the pain is perfectly acceptable until the area can get back to its normal non-pain state. Here at Relive Everyday, pain is a topic that comes up all too often, and we’re often asked for suggestion to combat it.