Home Remedies for Reducing Joint Pain and Improving Joint Mobility

Joint-Pain

Today’s post is by Katleen Brown.

Joint pain is a problem that many people face on a daily basis. Not only can this condition be painful, but it can also cause limitation in a person’s natural abilities and may even impair an affected individual’s ability to perform certain day-to-day activities, such as washing the dishes, typing out an e-mail or making a simple cup of coffee. While these activities may seem natural to many people, a person who experiences severe joint pain can confess that the tasks become much harder and even painful when the symptoms start to flare up.

The number one cause for joint pain is a disease known as arthritis. This term actually refers to more than 100 different types of diseases that affect the body’s joints, with the most common types being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as gout, psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that around 22.7%, or 54.4 million, of the adult population in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. They also report that, at the rate at which the disease is currently being diagnoses and by considering the rising trend in the prevalence of arthritis, as much as 78 million American may be diagnosed with arthritis by the year 2040.

Epsom Salts Natural Remedy

Dealing with Joint Pain… Naturally

Joint pain can be treated in many ways. If you visit a physician and complain about joint pain, they will most likely prescribe a series of NSAIDs for you. Painkillers and muscle relaxants can also be combined with NSAIDs in more severe cases as they can help to further reduce the pain and stiffness, as reported by WebMD. The most common types of NSAIDs that are used for joint pain, especially when the patient has a form of arthritis, includes Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Fenoprofen, Celecoxib and Diclofenac. Unfortunately, these medications can cause unpleasant side-effects, such as constipation and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness and a loss of appetite. Some of these drugs can also lead to ulcers, kidney problems and excessive bleeding.  The following tips and techniques can be used as alternative remedies to reduce joint pain and increase joint mobility without being at risk of these side-effects.

Exercise Relieves Pain And Improves Flexibility

Physical exercise on a regular basis can be very beneficial if you experience joint pain frequently. Even patients who have been diagnosed with arthritis can benefit greatly from exercising. Mayo Clinic explains that regular physical activity can help the muscles that surround joints become stronger, support your balance and help you maintain the strength of your bones. Physical exercise can also increase your energy (individuals with arthritis often feel weak and experience fatigue) and reduce your bodyweight if you are overweight (excess weight puts more pressure on your joints, which can lead to more pain).

Epsom Salts And Some Water

An Epsom salts bath is an age-old folk remedy. Epsom salt was originally produced in the springs located in Epsom, England. Even though the name includes the word “salt”, the substance isn’t really a type of salt. It is actually a mineral compound that consists of magnesium, as well as sulfate. There are many uses for Epsom salts. People use it to relax, to improve blood circulation, to regulate their blood sugar levels and even to treat constipation. Epsom salts are also often recommended to individuals who experience muscle aches and joint pain. It is reported that Epsom salts can also reduce inflammation, which is beneficial for individuals who experience pain and reduced flexibility in their joints.

Natural Remedies

Scientists and medical experts have discovered that many herbal plant extracts, spices and nutrients have medicinal properties that can reduce inflammation, inhibit pain receptors and even help to relief painful symptoms experienced by patients with arthritis. One of the most powerful natural substances is Turmeric, which is a spice that is used in curry and many other dishes. Apart from Turmeric, other compounds can also be used, such as Ginger, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dandelion Leaves, White Willow Tea, and Peppermint oil. Supplements that contain a combination of vitamins, amino acids, botanical extracts and minerals can also be used. One example is Flexoplex, which contains Methylsulfonylmethane, Cat’s Claw Bark Powder, Hyaluronic Acid, Bromelain and Trypsin – all of which are naturally extracted chemical compounds that provide a relief in joint pain, increases joint flexibility and even protects joints and bones from breaking down in patients with arthritis.

Conclusion

Joint pain can be discomforting and interfere with your ability to perform tasks that you are usually able to perform. It can also have an adverse impact on your productivity at work. Fortunately, joint pain can be effectively treated. While the most common treatment option is medication, you should consider natural alternatives, combined with regular exercise, to experience a relief in these symptoms without the development of side-effect caused by medication.

 

Katleen Brown

Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, likes to do research to bring awareness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on Google+Pinterest and Twitter.

The Cure for Money Headaches

Today’s guest post is by Barney Whistance.

Planning a solid financial present is centered around four basic stages of financial management; creating an emergency fund, paying off debts, saving for larger long term goals, and investing in your financial future. Any sound financial plan also includes planning, foresight, and budgeting to get in the clear.

Here is a breakdown of the four stages of financial management that will get you on track to reach all your personal financial goals and dreams.

 

Cure for Money Headaches

Build an emergency fund

Your first step to eliminating money headaches will be saving enough for an emergency fund. This will give you and your family peace of mind to handle much of what life may throw at you in the coming years. This initial savings goal should include enough money to get through at least three months of living expenses in the event that you get laid off or have some other type of emergency, like a car or water heater breakdown. Even if you can’t get this saved straight away, keep it as a target to aim for. Also, make sure that the money is in an easy to access account. In an emergency you will need instant access to these funds. If you have not done so yet, create a workable monthly budget, with a line item for saving.   Tuck away as much as you can each month to stock up your emergency fund as quickly as possible.

Pay off debts

Debts are liabilities. They throw your finance in the red and set you up to pay more than the actual amount of the loan in interest payments over time. The second step, then, in creating a workable long-term financial plan, is to eliminate consumer debts completely. Throw all of your resources at your debts and you will be saving a large chunk of money in interest over time that you can then apply towards other parts of your plan.

When it comes it debts it makes sense to tackle the ones with the highest interest rates first. This usually starts with any retail credit cards you may have, and then goes on from there. Just make sure that you don’t neglect the minimum payments on your other loans and debts while you pay down the first. Any budget you have should include at least the minimum monthly required payments on all of your loan agreements.  Bank credit cards, student debts, and other personal loans should also be on this list. 

If you’re facing heaps of student debt in addition to credit card and personal loans, examine your loan types and current occupation to determine if you qualify for federal loan forgiveness or other types of loan reductions due to your career of choice. Government employees, teachers, those working in the non-profit sector, and certain healthcare workers – like those working in critically identified facilities, community clinics, and hospice care support settings – can qualify for loan reductions or even forgiveness after a period of two to ten years.

Currently, only about one percent of the 33 million people employed in the non-profit and government sectors are benefiting from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Check into the Federal PSLF and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) debt reduction programs to see if you qualify.

Build up your savings

Once you’ve built up your emergency fund, and paid off your consumer debt, you can concentrate on funding additional extras and loftier goals. These immediate savings goals might include:

  • Having enough money to go on a vacation and not have to worry about bills.

  • Saving up some extra cash to have on hand so you don’t have to worry about finances during maternity or paternity leave.

  • Putting together a down payment on a house or other property.

  • Buying a car with cash instead of taking out a loan.

 

Invest

The last stage of the journey is to ensure that you are putting money aside each month for important long-term goals like your children’s college education, pension plans, retirement savings accounts, and other long-term investments.

Consider diversifying your investments into physical properties. You don’t have to have a ton of money to break into the property market. With the explosion of crowd-sourced real-estate funding, like Fundrise, CrowdProperty, and Exceedant, just to name a few, you can now invest in part of a property or development project with as little as $20 and earn as much as 12 percent annual return. Diversifying into property investment early on is a great way to maximize your earnings over time.

 

Barney-Whistance

Barney Whistance is an enthusiastic Finance and Economics blogger who is most interested in global economic climate. Apart from doing majors in Finance, he is also a Chartered Accountancy Student and planning to complete his Ph.D. in Finance before he turns 30. You find him here on Twitter.

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Crazy About Kale

I know that the kale craze has been in full swing for a while now, but I must admit that I’m a relatively new convert to its virtues.   For the past several months I have been eating mostly vegetarian meals.  I’ve had three people very close to me diagnosed with various forms of cancer within the last year, so I’m really trying to up my healthy eating game.  Kale is high in vitamin K and iron, and overall has a great nutritional profile, so it’s a no brainer to add it to my diet.

 

Kale and Mushroom Sautee

Mushroom and Kale Saute

My massage therapist, Julie shared this super-easy and delicious recipe for Mushroom and Kale Saute.  It has only four ingredients: olive oil, red onion, mushrooms, and kale.  Rinse and chop the kale, then lightly coat it with a bit of olive oil and “massage” it.  Chop the red onion and slice the mushrooms.  Heat some olive oil in a skillet.  Add the onions and mushrooms.  If you like your kale on the softer side, add it with the onions and mushrooms.  If you prefer it a bit crunchier, add it for the last 2 or 3 minutes of cook time.  I served mine over quinoa.

 

Sweet Potato Kale Fried Rice

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice 

I found this delightful recipe on Pinterest from Iowa Girl Eats.  She classifies it as a side dish, but this is also a perfect main dish for vegetarians.  I used Minute Rice’s Multi Grain Medley, which is a staple at my house.   Since I didn’t have pepitas (pumpkin seeds), I used chopped pecans instead.  This has become one of my new favorite dinner recipes!

 

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Cucumber, Kale, & Pineapple Juice

Two months ago, I bought a juicer and many of the recipes I found on Pinterest had kale as an ingredient.  My favorite is super easy: juice one cucumber (peel it if you are not buying organic), 1 cup of pineapple chunks, and 2 cups of kale.  Even my hubby, who usually shuns my healthy juices, likes this one.

Do you have a favorite kale recipe?  If so, leave it for me in the comments!

 

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