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Bone and Joint Pain Relief and Restoration

With unhealthy diets at an all time high, joint and bone issues are more common than ever in the West, especially here in the United States. The problem with degenerative illnesses such as arthritis and osteoporosis, they take years to manifest. By the time most people discover that there is a problem, the answer is usually a lifetime of meds and pain.

Understanding Your Bones

It doesn't have to be this way though. Like anything in our bodies, if given the chance, our bones can regenerate and heal. Because lifestyle changes are rarely, if ever, administered by doctors, the unfortunate truth is that degenerative bone disorders often get worse and worse, with no real recourse but more and more medication. Of course, this plays hell with the body, further increasing the risk of cancers and organ failure.
Your bones require several nutrients to be healthy, including plenty of Vitamin D and Calcium. the problem with the latter is, very few of us get enough of it in the right forms.

Calcium - Strong Bones Start Here

We've all heard that calcium is important for strong bones. What you may not know is that if you're getting your calcium primarily from animal-based sources such as milk, your body is actually having to use its own calcium reserves to quell the acidity of consuming animal proteins, thereby causing a calcium deficit.
When we're young, this isn't so much of a big deal, because during our teenage and young adult years, we are able to regenerate bone at a faster rate. Over time, our bodies simply cannot deal with the the bone loss, and thus the bone matrix begins to break down, leading to hairline fractures, a lack of flexibility, and an eventual stand-still of all bone healing activity. You need to get some calcium in your body the right way, by eating diets rich with leafy greens and beans. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, mustard greens, and other greens are packed with high concentrations of vegetable-based calcium and a ton of other beneficial nutrients.
If you are serious about reversing osteoperosis and other forms of bone and joint deterioration, you must cut dairy from your diet. This isn't negotiable. Don't buy into the hype that the dairy industry tries to spin you in commercials that claim "milk is for strong bones." First of all, no animals are supposed to consume milk past their infant years, even carnivores who are designed to ingest animal protein on a regular basis. We have no use for milk as a species, and all it does is force our bodies to lose their bone density trying to keep our bodies alkaline. There are delicious milk alternatives, such as almond milk and cashew milk for starters. Your bone health isn't worth sacrificng for cheese or ice cream.

Other Nutrients to Consider

When we think of bones, calcium is the first mineral that usually comes to mind, but there are other important substances that we can ingest and absorb through a proper diet that can directly and indirectly aid in bone regeneration. The primary ones include Magnesium, Strontium, Boron, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K.
It can take upwards of a year to begin fully reversing the degeneration of bone through a healthy diet, but if the issue is diet in the first place (and it almost always is) you have to fix the problem at the source, not merely treat the symptoms. This can be hard to hear for anyone looking for a quick fix, but if results are what you are after, it's time to start incorperating these vitamins and minerals into your diet immediately.
Let's first take a look at magnesium, a vital nutrient that numerous systems in our body need in order to function properly. Our bodies also rely on it to prevent inflammation, avoid migraines, and reduce depression. To get enough, up your intake of spinach, chard, almonds, and avocados. Dark leafy greens and seeds in general are all good sources of magnesium.
Next is Strontium, another alkaline mineral not unlike calcium. It serves to supplement bone health naturaly, and is found abundantly in wheat bran and root vegetables. To take advantage of Strontium's healing properties to combat bone degeneration, a natural supplement should be considered, such as this.
Another important substance that reverses bone degeneration is Boron, which is important for converting Vitamin D. Some foods rich in it include bananas, broccoli, prunes, avacaods, and chickpeas. Boron is another nutrient that many are deficient in because it's not well known and it is not sufficently supplied in the typical Western diet, so a good supplement can help, such as this one here.
Probably the next most important substance for bone health is good old Vitamin D, which is crucial for a variety of bodily functions, but most notably for the bones. And don't think that your fortified milk is going to help you. It's important to get your vitamins from their natural sources as much as possible, because vitamins and minerals are connected to various phytonutrients that aid in absorption. As for getting Vitamin D naturally, the best way by far is to spend time in the sun. Mushrooms are also a great natural source as well.
One other nutrient that often goes unnoticed for bone treatment is Vitamin K. There are two primary forms of Vitamin K, either of which are sufficient for a complete diet. Sources include green leafy vegetables, fermented soy, prunes, cabbage, and onions.
It's important to remember that healing begins and ends with diet. If our bodies aren't getting the right nutrients, degeneration and illness is what will follow, guarantee. Vitamins and minerals are admittedly not fancy and don't work as some kind of instant miracle cure, but they get real results. Also, while fortified foods and daily vitamin supplements are great and have their place, always try to get your nutrients right from fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Your body will be able to absorb much more than from sterile, artificial sources.

Natural Pain Relief for Bone and Joints

Bone and Joint pain can be delibitaing, so sometimes relief is needed immediatley. Changing your diet and seeing results can take upwards to a year or more, so having a natural way to reduce pain while bolstering bone health is important.
One remedy for this kind of pain relief would be turmeric, which can be taken in a variety of ways. Adding it to tea is our personal favorite. There are also powerful supplements that provide concentrated turmeric with other herbs that aid in bone health. We carry both raw organic turmeric and supplements specifically to bolster bone and joint health.
There's another little known natural remedy that works well for pain relief associated with arthritis and osteoporosis, known as Zheng Gu Shui. It's actually just a simple liniment concoction of Menthol and Camphor, that has a cool numbing effect when massaged into the skin. Sfae, naturally, and works surprisingly well for every day use.
Speaking of Chinese medicine, there's another obscure pain reliever that works best for bone and joint pain, that being eucommia bark. Taken by atheletes and yoga practitioners, it is regarded as a joint and ligament strengthener and toner. Its usage has only increased over the past few years as science has confirmed what Chinese medicine has known for centuries regarding this facinating plant.

Natural Anti-Inflammatories

A good bit of the discomfort associated with bone and joint pain arises due to inflammation. There are several great ways to address inflammation using herbal remedies, and it starts with antioxidants. Herbs and foods rich in antioxidants promote a healthy environment for your cells, so they can function how they were meant to. This again goes back to eating a natural diet. If you create the conditions for health, health will inevitably come.
Besides turmeric, which was previously mentioned, some great sources of antioxidants include Matcha green tea, rosemary, and fennel. All of these can be regularly included in your diet, and before long you will reap their health benefits.
One last remedy for bone and joint pain that deserves a mention would be coconut oil, which is great at alieving pain as well, and is just a great all-around substance for healing the body.

Taking Care of Your Bones

When we think of our bodily systems, such as our immune system or digestive system, we often forget that our bones are a part of a system as well. Bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments are just as easy as any other part of the body to take care of, but it's important to educate yourself and begin eating right. Diet is the key, and relief will be extremely hard to find if you continue to eat meat and dairy. Your bones are doing all they can to sustain themselves as it is, we shouldn't make it any harder for them.
So dig into those leafy greens, binge on antioxidants, and start eating less animal protein, especially milk. You'll reduce your inflammation in less than a month, and you'll begin to reverse your bone problems in about a year or less if your bones are salvageable. It's vitally important that you eat as much raw food as possible as well, so you ingest as many nutrients as possible. Your bones will thank you!
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