Joint Support

Healthy joints are important for so many reasons, not the least being to help keep you moving freely and comfortably. The NorthStar blog on joint support helps you support your joints safely and effectively.

  1. [REVEALED] Scary new risk of joint replacement surgery

    Thinking about replacing a joint?

    When you hear the latest news, you might want to think again…

    The feds just admitted that there’s a MASSIVE problem with the replacement parts.

    They’re NOT giving you some kind of Bionic Man upgrade, with a shiny new knee that’ll make you better… stronger… faster.

    The FDA warns that you might get something else instead – something that could lead to a DANGEROUS infection.

    So today I’m here with a new plan, no sci-fi parts needed at all.

    Because you can get ALL of the benefits of a joint replacement… WITHOUT actually replacing that joint!

    Repair your knees without going under the knife

    Knee replacements are just out of control right now.

    Instead of reserving the procedure for patients with the worstand most advancedforms of arthritis, they’ve turned it into a cash cow.

    You got a little ache… and they’ll rush you into the OR with empty promises… just so they can fill their bank accounts.

    “It’s easy!” they’ll insist. “Just like swapping out a tire!”

    But a joint replacement isn’t like an auto repair. They don’t pop the hood on your knee andswap out your old joint for a shiny new replacement.

    BEFORE they pop in the new part, they have to SLICE into the knee… then SCRAPE out all the damaged cartilage and bone from the around the joint

    All that trauma takes a toll – not just inflammation, pain, swelling, and scarring, but also what’s called a periprosthetic joint infection, a.k.a. an infection around the replaced joint.

    Basically, you can end up in worse shape than you were BEFORE the operation…

    And by the time these infections are spotted, they’re usually so far advanced that you’re in deep you-know-what.

    That can lead to even MORE pain… followed by yet ANOTHER operation to clear infected tissue and replace the replacement.

    It’s becoming such a major problem that the FDA just approved a new test to hopefully spot these infections earlier so they can be treated sooner.

    Hey, here’s an idea: How about we stop popping open all those knees for fun and profit???

    After all, there’s a much better way to ease the pain from arthritis in the knee and:

    • PROTECT the joint
    • EASE the pain, and
    • REVERSE the damage.

    The secret?

    Collagen!

    There’s a special form of collagen called UC-IIthat goes right to damaged joints.

    It’s so powerful that in one study it was shown to be 240% more effective than the glucosamine and chondroitin so many people swear by.

    But don’t stop there.

    For even more relief, there’s hope in hops.

    Yes, hops – the same stuff that’s in your beer!

    Unfortunately, you can’t just crack open a cold one and get some relief. (How cool would that be??)

    Sadly, there’s not enough hops in beer to do the trick.

    Look instead for concentrated hops delivered via a supplement, which studies have shown can bring relief to aching knees in as little as two hours.

    You can find both of these joint-soothing natural ingredients on their own…

    But to save some time (and money), look for a formula that contains both.

  2. The Ultimate Guide to Treating Joint Instability

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    instability jointsMost of the conversation about joint health is focused on arthritis, and that’s appropriate.

    But it also means that joint instability doesn’t get much attention – and that’s not appropriate.

    Because joint instability can be painful and difficult to live with in its own right.

    And surprisingly, joint instability can lead to arthritis.

    Instead of complaining about the lack of information about joint instability, we’re going to talk about it. Let’s look at joint instability, why it’s a problem, and what you can do to keep your joints healthy.

    What IS Joint Instability?

    In order to understand joint instability, you have to understand how a joint works. Every joint in your body is made up of the same components: bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and some would say the muscles surrounding all of those.

    When your joints are healthy, all of those components are healthy, too. However, a healthy joint needs the support of all of its parts in order to stay healthy and stable.

    So, once that support is weakened, for whatever reason, the joint becomes unstable, and guess what happens then - you end up with joint instability.

    What Might Cause Joint Instability…

    And why is this bad?

    One of the leading causes of joint instability is injury. So many components make up a healthy joint but any one of them is subject to injury, which would destabilize the entire unit.

    Another leading cause of joint instability is overuse. The kind that comes from a repetitive motion – or that comes from living a long, active life. Which means anyone “of a certain age” is susceptible to joint instability.

    Be on the lookout for these symptoms:

    • Discomfort or pain
    • A feeling of looseness in the joint
    • A feeling of “sloppiness” or like the joint is about to give way

    Any of these can indicate an onset of instability. Even if you don’t remember injuring yourself, you might have. Or, the joint may just be aging.

    The key is to not disregard these symptoms, just because you don’t think it’s arthritis or an injury. It doesn’t have to be – but joint instability can lead to injury and/or arthritis.

    So it’s important to deal with it, instead of just soldier through it, or minimize it.

    Treatments for Joint Instability

    So now that you know what joint instability is, what are you supposed to do about it?

    There are two sets of treatments: if you have joint instability and want to treat it or if you want to avoid ever dealing with joint instability. This second course of treatment works if you’ve recovered from joint instability and want to stay healthy, too!

    Reactive treatments – These are the steps you should take once you suspect unstable joints.

    1. Your first step if you suspect joint instability is to see a doctor. He’ll be able to help diagnose where the problem is and which component is weakened. It doesn’t do you much good to be treating a muscle strain when it’s a pulled ligament.

    2. Don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends physical therapy. Most cases of joint instability can be treated non-surgically! A physical therapist can help you recover from the injury or trauma.

    3. Exercise, as prescribed. Depending on how damaged the component causing your joint instability is, you may be given exercises, or you may be told to rest between physical therapy appointments. Whichever one you’re supposed to do, be sure to do it. Following your health care provider’s advice is essential to recovering from existing joint instability.

    Proactive treatments – these are the steps you can take to maintain joint health and prevent joint instability.

    1. Protect against falls. Since joint instability is often caused by injuries, do what you can to avoid injuring yourself. It seems like common sense, but many people forget they can be proactive about not getting hurt.

    2. Perform strength training exercises. These aren’t the exercises that will bulk you up or even give you tight abs. They are, however, the exercises that will keep the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your joints healthy so your joints stay stable. Each joint has different exercises, but you can check with your doctor about which ones would serve you best.

    3. Avoid repetitive motions whenever possible. Change it up every now and then. Or stretch out the joints you’re using most often if your job or favorite hobby include repetitive motions.

    Joint instability sounds horrible – and it doesn’t feel great, let’s be honest. But you don’t have to live with it, and you don’t have to experience it.

    Instead, take care of your joints, and they’ll take care of you!

  3. The TRUTH About Cartilage Replacement

    replacement CartilageYou may have heard about cartilage replacement and repair. You may have even started to get excited about it if you have sore, achy knees. After all, a joint is made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles. The cartilage is at the very end of the bones, where they would rub together – except the cartilage acts as a cushion. When cartilage gets damaged or injured, you end up with creaky, stiff, painful joints. Which certainly sounds like a good time to get excited about cartilage replacement. Unfortunately, that excitement might be premature. Only a portion of people with problematic knees are eligible for cartilage replacement surgeries. The only thing you can do is research, ask your doctor, and see if this option is for you. So let’s look at closer at cartilage replacement and repair, and see if you could be a good candidate… Continue reading →
  4. 10 Ways to Help Make Joint Pain at Night A Thing of the Past

    night joint painDoes it ever feel like joint pain at night is worse than it is during the day? You’re going along all morning and afternoon, just fine, with your pain reasonably under control. Then night comes and your joint pain gets worse – and worse – until you can’t get comfortable, you can’t fall asleep, and once you do, you can’t manage to stay asleep. It’s enough to make you dread getting in bed. The pressure points, having to roll over, risking tweaking a joint because you turned the wrong way or because you got twisted in the blankets. But you can put that dread to bed because we’ve got ways to help you make joint pain at night a thing of the past! Continue reading →
  5. Make Joint Relief Your Ultimate Goal for 2016

    relief jointWhen it comes to New Year’s resolutions, joint relief may not seem all that interesting or exciting – unless you’ve struggled with sore, achy, stiff joints. At that point, you know that this is more than just a worthy New Year’s resolution – it’s the ultimate goal. So we’ve collected the twelve ways for you to achieve relief in your joints for 2016 – and beyond. Continue reading →
  6. 6 Fun Exercises to Improve Joint Stability

    Technically, joint stability is defined as “the ability to maintain or control joint movement or position” but that doesn’t come close to capturing what joints stability really means. Because you know that stable joints means living with more. More mobility, more balance, more living life to the fullest. Having stable joints is about being steady on your feet whether you’re walking a golf course or walking through the grocery store. It’s about knowing you can lift, bend, and reach so that you’re able to keep up with the activities of daily living and stay independent. In fact, joint stability, balance, and mobility are intricately linked. So much so that you can’t talk about one without talking about the other two. In other words, having stable joints really is about so much more than just stability. But here’s the twist - joint stability is also about living with less. Less pain. Less fear of falling. Less stiffness. Less isolation. So give these six exercises a try to increase stability, balance, and mobility. Continue reading →
  7. The Shocking Everyday Item That Helps with Joint Lubrication

    lubrication jointWhen it comes to joint lubrication, there are a lot promises being made. But the truth is far more mundane than any promise. No miracle pills from the Far East. No obscure ointments rediscovered after centuries. Not even an ointment used since the time of Cleopatra. For help with joint lubrication, all you need is… Water! If you get it from your tap or buy it from the store – sparkling, or still – water is one of the best things you can do for joint health and lubrication. Continue reading →
  8. Reduce Joint Swelling in Under 30 Minutes

    swelling jointBy the time you need to reduce joint swelling, you’re not looking for long-term solutions. You’re looking for relief from the swelling and discomfort and you’re looking for it right now. I get that. But it’s important that you treat the cause of your swollen joints properly in order to not make it worse. Continue reading →
  9. 4 Quick Ways to Improve Posture for Joint Health

    Improve posture waysWhen it comes to joint health, you’ve got it covered. You eat right, you take the right supplements. You’re even getting enough sleep, so your joints can repair themselves. But have you thought about ways to improve your posture in order to help improve your joint health? If you have, good for you! If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. People don’t usually think about posture being linked to joint health. So let’s look closely at how joint health is affected by posture – and ways to improve posture and your joint health. Continue reading →
  10. Joint Pain and Fatigue: Is My Joint Pain Causing Fatigue?

    fatigue and joint painYour joints hurt. And you’re tired. But is your joint pain and fatigue related? Could your joint pain actually be causing fatigue? And what – if anything - can you do about them? You’ve got questions. Luckily, I’ve got some answers… Continue reading →
  11. 10 Unknown Myths and Truths About Joint Replacement Surgery

    surgery joint replacement When it comes to joint replacement surgery, there’s so much misinformation out there. It’s hard to tell what’s myth and what’s true. In this article, we’ll tackle some of those myths, differentiate between the myths that have arisen based on legitimate concerns and those based in fear or resignation, and finally weed out the fact from fiction of replacing joints. Continue reading →
  12. Does Joint Cracking Cause Arthritis? Debunking the Myth…

    Does Joint Popping Cause ArthritisIt’s the old adage you probably heard a thousand times growing up. But by now you've probably figured out that your face won’t really stick that way if you keep making that face, and the watermelon won’t grow in your tummy if you swallow the seeds. So will you really get arthritis if you crack your knuckles? Or is that an old wives’ tale, too? We've all been told that joint popping can cause arthritis, so let’s look at it, and see what’s true… Continue reading →
  13. What Causes Joint Pain? Simple Tips to Get Relief Today

    When your joints hurt – or ache, or get stiff – it’s easy to assume it’s arthritis. But it may not be. That’s why it’s important to know what causes joint pain. Because each specific type of pain requires a different solution – and you need to address your pain properly in order to get relief. Continue reading →
  14. Benefits of probiotics—they may help protect your bones

    Step on a crack and break your mother’s back… but not if she’s on a probiotic. I know, that’s not exactly the way the old childhood chant goes, but some exciting new ‘benefits of probiotics’ research might soon force us to make that change to the old classic. Once again, good-belly-bug-producing probiotics -- already linked to better overall health -- are making news. This time the focus is on our bones.
  15. 4 Pain Problems and 12 Pain Relief Solutions

    Senior couple on cycle ride In talking with customers who are looking for pain relief solutions, it seems that most types of pain fall into one of 4 categories --  fibromyalgia, joint pain, migraines, and sore muscles. And because these are the issues you care about, they are the issues we care about. You gave us 4 painful concerns, so we came up with 3 pain relief solutions for each one!

    How Can I Get Fibromyalgia Relief?

    So little is understood about fibromyalgia, it’s hard to know exactly why something helps the pain. Still, many patients say these steps can help with pain relief…
    1. Light exercise keeps the body moving, and often eases the pain. Some slow walking, swimming, even a few stretches or gentle yoga have been reported to help.
    2. Lack of sleep due to pain can make you hurt worse – which keeps you up at night. Break the cycle with a melatonin supplement, and get a good night’s sleep.
    3. Sometimes, the pain requires a prescription. Find a doctor who will listen to you and respect you and your body.

    What Makes Joints Stop Hurting?

    Whether it’s arthritis, or just getting older, joint pain can be restrictive. Even if we feel up to moving, our bodies won’t always let us. Not only can it be painful, it can be disheartening. Here are some pain relief solutions that may help…
    1. Studies have shown topical pain relievers can be effective against joint pain, especially those with capsaicin or cayenne listed as an active ingredient.
    2. Glucosamine has been shown to ease joint pain, especially in cases not directly involving arthritis. Many people find it works best in conjunction with chondroitin.
    3. The ancient art of acupuncture is frequently used as an alternative, or complementary, medicine when dealing with joint pain. While many mainstream doctors are still skeptical, practitioners swear by its effects.

    How Can I Make A Migraine Go Away?

    Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows just how debilitating it can be. When one hits, all you want is for it to be over.
    1. Oral pain relievers seem to be the best pain relief solution for severe headaches. Most sufferers look for an over-the-counter drug that includes caffeine as an ingredient.
    2. Some people have found relief without medicine at all. If you can’t take medicine, or don’t have access to it, try a cold compress over your eyes and/or at the hairline on the back of your neck. For the most effective pain relief, stay away from light and loud noises, too.
    3. For some, only a prescription strength medication is strong enough to address their pain. In this case, speak with your doctor. Many medications can even prevent the onset of a migraine.

    What Can I Do For Sore Muscles?

    Sometimes, it’s a temporary situation. Sometimes, it’s a chronic condition. Either way, our muscles are not supposed to feel like this!
    1. This is another time when a topical pain reliever can be a helpful pain relief solution. Some products use capsaicin; some use menthol. Some products even offer both!
    2. It’s also a time when an oral pain reliever might work. Many over the counter medications, including ibuprofen and naproxen, claim to target sore muscles.
    3. Therapeutic massage can offer relief and relaxation, all in about an hour. Be sure to find a licensed massage therapist for the best results.
    Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that any of these pain relief solutions will work on your specific pain. And be sure to talk to you doctor or health care provider before starting a new treatment, especially for a chronic condition. But don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. There are ways to relieve or manage your pain. And we’re right here with you, every step of the way.
  16. Two secrets to build stronger bones without Prolia side effects

    Last year I told you about a risky new osteoporosis drug called Prolia. The company that makes Prolia, Amgen pharmaceuticals, says the drug is much safer than older bone drugs on the market, such as Boniva, with Prolia side effects being less dangerous than the side effects of Boniva. These older drugs work by interrupting the cycle of bone turnover. Sure -- they stop you from losing bone, so your bone density tests initially look great. But the drugs also stop you from growing new bone. So over time, your bones could become brittle and you become more prone to fractures. In fact, women who take high doses of these older bone drugs (called bisphosphonates) could run an increased risk of developing atypical hip fractures. They could also run an increased risk of getting osteonecrosis (or bone death of the jaw) and it has even been linked to esophageal cancer. Amgen deliberately tried to stand apart from bisphosphonates in its marketing materials. Instead of hiring a celebrity like Sally Field, Amgen talked about "women like you" in its marketing. The company says Prolia is different. But women aren't buying it...literally. Sales out of the gate for Prolia, which debuted in 2010, were sluggish. But Amgen just hit pay dirt. They figured out a new way to increase their market share: sell it to cancer patients!

    Amgen turns tragedy into sales payday

    You see, chemotherapy wreaks havoc on your entire body. In fact, certain kinds of chemotherapy used to treat prostate cancer and breast cancer can disrupt hormonal function. This puts already sick patients at risk for bone fractures. To combat the loss of bone during chemotherapy, Amgen suggested that oncologists try using Prolia on cancer patients. And in September, Amgen actually became the first drug approved to prevent bone loss in prostate and breast cancer patients. This sweeping approval substantially increases the market share for Prolia. Experts estimate sales for the drug (given by injection) will now reach more than $1 billion. But -- no matter how happy the women appear in the TV ads -- I still have concerns about Prolia side effects. The active ingredient in Prolia -- called denosumab -- blocks a protein that activates osteoclasts. Osteoclasts serve an important role in the body. They destroy bone. Sure, destroying bone may not sound like a good thing, but in this case it is. The key is the type of bone. Healthy bones are in constant flux. Your body breaks down old bone and sends it into your bloodstream. Then you absorb new calcium out of your blood stream to build new bone. But Prolia -- just like the old bisphosphonates -- interrupts this natural cycle. It blocks bone from breaking down. So technically, you never lose bone density. But it also appears to block the building of new bone. And that could make for brittle bones. And brittle bones fracture easily. Is it any surprise, then, that the FDA has already warned physicians to be on the lookout for increased fractures in women taking Prolia (not to mention the small jaw decay problem the FDA has also warned us about)! Now, here's the good news I promised you... A new study of post-menopausal women found that you can definitely increase your bone mass without taking harmful drugs! In fact, two natural secrets may even work better than drugs!

    Build stronger bones without drugs

    For this new study, researcher recruited 79 sedentary post-menopausal women. They divided the women into four groups. The first group of women walked or jogged three times a week. The second group of women took 1,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids each day. The third group exercised and took the omega-3s. And the fourth group -- the control group -- did nothing differently. They didn't exercise or take any new supplements. After 24 weeks, the researchers gave bone density tests to all the women. The women who exercised and took omega-3s had a clear advantage! In fact, after just 24 weeks, these women increased BMD in their lower spine up 15 percent. Plus, they increased the density of their femurs (thigh bone) by 19 percent! These are HUGE gains. In fact, Amgen published the latest round of research on Prolia and possible Prolia side effects in March of this year (2011). According to this data, women treated with Prolia for five continuous years (five YEARS!) improved bone density on average by 13.7 in the spine and by just seven percent in the hip. So you tell me... Would you rather take a drug for five years and risk jaw bone death...or would you rather exercise three times a week and take your omega-3s? The answer's pretty darn clear to me. It's quite easy to get 1,000 mg of omega-3s in fish oil tablets. Just make sure to add a natural vitamin E capsule along with your fish oil. The natural vitamin E will help zap any free radicals generated by the fish oil.
  17. Treat Restless Leg Syndrome without drugs

    The FDA recently approved a new drug in the treatment of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). Now, I know this condition tortures many older adults. It often strikes at night, just when you‘re ready to hit the sheets. You can‘t fall asleep, however, because your legs feel jittery. The only thing that makes you feel better is to get up and move around. It‘s a puzzling condition, without a doubt. But before you resort to a drug that may carry a warning of increased suicide risk, explore your options. I‘ve had a lot of luck treating RLS with a mix of calcium and magnesium. Magnesium, as you‘ll recall, is a relaxant. So theoretically, that‘s why it helps lessen the creepy-crawly feeling in your legs. Go with a ratio of 2:1 of calcium to magnesium. Start with 1,000 mg of calcium to 500 mg of magnesium for a few days. If this doesn‘t work, double the dosage. If you go too high, you may experience somewhat looser stools and should cut back. Also -- make sure to use capsules. Your body tends to absorb these better than hard tablets.
  18. Studies suggest a link between vitamin C and bone mass

    Vitamin C Helps Prevent Bone Loss in Men We all know that vitamin C is perhaps the world‘s greatest multi-tasker. It defends us against a slew of proven enemies: from the common cold, to cancer (intravenously), to heart disease. Now there‘s new evidence that vitamin C can even help prevent loss of bone mass in men. Over a four-year period, researchers at Tufts University studied the bone density of men and women 75 years and older who take anywhere from no vitamin C to 520 milligrams daily. They found that men with the highest levels of vitamin C maintained their bone density. While men with lowest levels of vitamin C experienced bone density loss. (Interestingly, high vitamin C intake seemed to provide some protection for women, but it wasn‘t ‘statistically significant.‘ Maybe more research here is needed.) The RDA of vitamin C is laughable (and surely negligent) at 90 mg per day for men and 75 mg for women. In my opinion, everyone over the age of 10 should get at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C twice a day. Natural sources include: citrus fruits, broccoli - red peppers, brussel sprouts, parsley, and strawberries. Very few ‘multi‘ vitamins contain enough of it, however. Your best bet is to find 1,000 mg capsules and take one twice a day at a minimum. Don‘t take them all at once. And stay away from any so-called ‘time release‘ capsules. Vitamin C only stays in your system for a few hours, so ‘time release‘ is really a waste. (There are some rare exceptions, so check with your health provider to make sure this is a safe quantity for you.)
  19. Natural arthritis relief options

    If you‘ve got arthritis and take 1200 mg of ibuprofen every day, I have some safe and effective options for you to consider. You see, NSAIDs are rife with problems. Take one for too long and you‘re setting yourself up for gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure, liver problems, kidney disorders, or even heart attack and stroke. In fact, widespread use of NSAIDs results in 107,000 hospitalizations (mostly due to bleeding in the GI tract) and 16,500 deaths in arthritis patients each year. But there are safe, effective options you can try so you don‘t wind up taking an NSAID for the rest of your life. First off, a new small study found that a natural plant extract might help relieve your pain as well as ibuprofen. Passion fruit peel extract is not exactly well-known in nutritional circles to treat arthritis, but previous studies show that it does reduce overall inflammation in the body. And that‘s probably why it appears to work against joint pain as well. For the recent study, scientists recruited 33 men and women with osteoarthritis in the knee and gave them a test to assess the severity of their arthritis symptoms. Then, the researchers randomly divided the volunteers into two groups. One group received 150 mg of passion fruit peel extract each day for two months. The other group received a placebo. At the end of two months, researchers checked back in the volunteers and again assessed the severity of their symptoms. The researchers found that the passion fruit group improved their overall arthritis scores by 20 percent. Plus, their pain, stiffness, and physical function scores also rose by about 20 percent. On the other hand, the group taking the placebo reported no improvements. According to the researchers, "The passion fruit peel extract supplementation should help patients to reduce their reliance upon NSAIDs that may have undesirable side effects in the treatment of osteoarthritis symptoms." Now, based on this small study, I‘m not convinced that passion fruit peel extract will magically make your joint pain completely disappear. But it may help...and you may be able to back off your other meds. Plus, over the years, I treated arthritis pain a number of different ways...

    Ease joint pain and stiffness without drugs

    First off, if you are lucky, you may respond to a short trial of either B3 or B6. I say you‘re "lucky" because there are types of arthritis that will respond to this kind of vitamin treatment within a mere week or two. First I‘d try 250 mg of B3 (or niacin) two to three times a day. Taking B3 at this dose can cause flushing of the skin, so look for inositol hexanicotinate. It is considered a ‘no-flush‘ type of niacin. If that doesn‘t work after two weeks of steady supplementation, try 100-200 mg of B6. (Don‘t go higher than 400 mg per day. Some nutritionists worry about neuropathy at B6 levels higher than 400 mg, but I personally think it‘s very rare. Also, magnesium helps with B6 absorption. So make sure to get 400-500 mg per day of that as well. Secondly, I‘d definitely look for a supplement that contains glucosamine and chondroitin to help support the growth of cartilage in your joints. But worn cartilage isn‘t the cause of all types of joint pain. And if that‘s your story, I have another suggestion. You see, there is a sticky, thick substance called synovial fluid that oils and lubes your joints. But when you don‘t have enough, your hips, knees, shoulders, and elbows ache, throb, and grind. And most of us over 50 don‘t have enough synovial fluid. But you can improve your synovial fluid with hyaluronic acid (HA). You see, HA is the main building block of synovial fluid. In fact, the more HA you have, the richer your synovial fluid. HA is naturally found in miso, beans, and radishes. You can also get it by injection. And recently, a few companies now offer it as a supplement. But make sure to do your homework. A lot of companies offer a synthetic form of HA that uses bacteria fermentation. Natural HA, on the other hand, is the way to go as it‘s stronger. Lastly, I‘d take a look at a substance called CMO (Cetyl-Myristoleate). It‘s a substance produced by certain animals that do not get (and cannot be induced to get) arthritis. This is harder to find and more expensive, so I only recommend it when all else fails. I‘ve gotten a lot of feed back about CMO...and it seems to either work wonders for you or not a wink. There‘s no grey area.

    One last word about arthritis pain...

    Even though I‘m a nutritionist, there‘s one last thing I need to tell you about arthritis: Get moving and you‘ll feel better! Sure, the last thing you feel like doing if you‘ve got arthritis in both hips is to exercise, but it‘s exactly what your body needs. In fact, the less you use the joint that‘s stiff and painful, the worse it becomes. Exercise is critical. First and foremost, it stimulates your circulatory system. This distributes healing nutrients to the joint that‘s causing you problems. Plus, remember the synovial fluid found in all your joints? When you don‘t exercise, that fluid gets thick and gunky. But when you exercise, your synovial fluid thins out and lubricates your joints properly. Plus, exercise keeps your cartilage healthy. You see, when you work out, the cartilage between your joints takes a pounding. But with each pounding, it also absorbs the nutrient-rich synovial fluid like a sponge and actually gets stronger. So what‘s the best exercise for you? For someone with arthritis, I always recommend walking, swimming, or bouncing on a trampoline. All three are gentle forms of exercise. You don‘t even need to break a sweat (though that‘s always good too). Just get going enough to raise your pulse and get the blood flowing throughout the body. Sure, tackling arthritis is not a quick-fix. You didn‘t get it in a week and you‘re not going to get rid of it that fast either. But there are steps you can take--without resorting to drugs--that can help you feel a little better each and every day.

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