Men’s Health Month June 2024

If you are over 40 years old, it is likely that you will have started to notice some changes in your body. A little stiffness in the joints and muscles here, a little slower after a period of inactivity there.

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Men’s Health Month June 2024

If you are over 40 years old, it is likely that you will have started to notice some changes in your body.  A little stiffness in the joints and muscles here, a little slower after a period of inactivity there.  After around this age, mobility starts to digress and all sorts of body pains surface, most noticeably in the back and joints.  Many people think this is a normal part of ageing and if they do seek to ease the pain then it is usually in the form of painkillers to bring immediate relief.  The natural approach is to prevent the inflammation in the first place to stop the onset of pain.

There are therapies and treatments that we can offer in our clinic to find the original cause of the inflammation and help treat this at its source.  In the meantime, you can try these at home remedies instead of reaching out for the painkillers:

Hot and Cold Therapy

The easiest home remedy to alleviate joint stiffness and pain is a hot or cold compress. Apply a heat pack or hot bottle over the area for 15 minutes to stimulate blood circulation. After the skin temperature has returned to normal, alternate with an ice pack for the next 15 minutes to numb the pain and reduce the swelling.

Weight Loss

Losing excess weight can lessen the strain on the joints and prevent further damage. Eating a balanced diet, getting physically active, and avoiding smoking and alcohol may help in the weight loss journey.  A healthy lifestyle lowers the chances of gout and high uric acid levels, which may also be the reason for joint pains.

Getting Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep or sleep disturbances unknowingly contribute to sore joints. To get a night of quality sleep, manage the factors that disrupt the sleep-wake cycle such as caffeine and alcohol intake, use of electronics, and irregular sleep schedules. Be mindful of sleeping positions that may exacerbate the pain. You should also consider using a supportive mattress to alleviate joint pain.

Herbal Remedies

Natural remedies and food supplements are available everywhere to help with joint pains. They are also available in different forms for oral and topical use. Some of the safest and most effective herbs and spices are:

Cayenne

This is the most effective spice against joint pains. It has capsaicin, a compound with a pain-reducing property that effectively works upon topical application. When taken orally, cayenne can improve blood circulation and has an analgesic effect that can numb the pain.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant spice that can relieve joint pains and prevent cell damage. It can be taken orally or prepared as a paste for topical application.

Ginger

Ginger is a warming, anti-inflammatory spice that can be utilised against joint pains from different causes. Taking a cup of ginger tea with honey twice a day can minimise joint pains or prevent flare-ups.

Garlic

Garlic has an anti-inflammatory compound called diallyl disulfide that inhibits the pro-inflammatory cytokines. It does not only fight inflammation but may also prevent cartilage damage when consumed raw or cooked.

Cayenne and turmeric are blood thinners, so beware if you’re already on this type of medication.

Joint Pain Relief Tea

This healing tea is made from potent spices in their powdered form, so you can prepare it easily, even through your nagging pain.  Start using it in moderate amounts and listen to your body.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of water
  • ¼ tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of ginger powder
  • ½ tsp of garlic powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Honey or agave are optional

Method

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil and add the turmeric, ginger, garlic, cayenne, and black pepper powder.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add the lemon juice, and sweeten to taste. Stir well.
  4. Pour into a cup and drink while hot.

Have one to two cups of this Joint Relief Tea every day, preferably one before breakfast and one after dinner. However, if you have a gastric problem, avoid taking it on an empty stomach.

If you would like to know more about the treatments and therapies that we offer at Optimal Health, please email our Client Care Team careteam@ohclinicgroup.com or call 0330 223 6553.

 

 

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