I have always been one to believe that it is possible for all of us to truly feel our very best – at any age or stage in life.

So when I hear people justify feeling “sore and stiffness from joint pain” as being a ‘normal’ part of the aging process, it really bothers me.

How you feel on a day-to-day basis and how you age, is an exact representation of how you’ve treated your body through your daily lifestyle choices.

Most people are taught to think this way about their bodies as they age. So it’s not entirely your fault if you believe this – there’s actually an error in the system.

There are substantial root causes as to why the body hardens and stiffens over time, and they really don’t have anything to do with aging. Here’s a look at what might really going on:

5 REASONS FOR YOUR STIFFNESS & PAIN

Trauma:

It’s common to blame the aging process on your aches and pains, but if you’ve injured yourself in the past, in many cases your current pain may actually be stemming from an old trauma that was not properly dealt with. With impact trauma an injury can be active in your body for years and can create enough stiffness to get your attention.

Repression: 

Studies actually show that pain can be both psychological or emotional in origin.

In the act of repression, we use our own muscles to hold back our emotions – not all pain is purely physical in nature. Chronic pain could be linked to repressed psychological or emotional stress that is directly causing your muscle tension.

Stress:

 Pay attention to how your shoulders and neck tense up when you are put under pressure, and think about how we tend to be shallow breathers when stress levels are high. While our natural stress response is designed to help us respond when we are faced with a fear, whether the fear is actual or imaginary, one of the consequences is for your muscles to harden. If you’re not taking time to detox stress and recharge, daily pain and stiffness can be a consequence.

Inactivity: 

Movement is probably the most essential aspect in keeping your body feeling free and flexible. When we activate our muscles it makes our tissues warm and in a more fluid state. If we go days or weeks without making the time to exercise and move – we actually are creating stiffness. Neglecting daily exercise and movement has been shown speed up the aging process and additionally put you at risk for age-related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and musculoskeletal disorders.

Contractive Movement: 

One thing that may just be worse than inactivity is taking part in the wrong kind of movements. Muscle stiffness after exercise is usually the result from low level micro-trauma or small tearing of the muscle fibers – caused by the stress factor of exercise. Not only is it important to ensure that you are performing exercises correctly, but it is also important to avoid over-training. More is not always better and you don’t need high-intensity workouts to see results. It’s important to balance out your lifestyle by including activity such as therapeutic yoga flows and core work such as pilates.

In addition to evaluating the true root cause for your pain and stiffness, there are also functional foods that you can include in your daily routine that have a potential to provide many benefits; from decreasing inflammation, healing your joints and repairing damage.

FUNCTIONAL FOODS FOR JOINT PAIN

Whether you just have the occasional joint pain or a more chronic case of arthritis, there are certain foods that can help. One that has become more well known recently is GELATIN. Try using it in this simple juice recipe:

  • 1 organic cucumber, juiced
  • 2 cups organic coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons organic gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon organic ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder (add a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic honey

Mix together and enjoy chilled.

 

Source : https://theheartysoul.com