This is the marathons and races season, and you might hesitate to participate to these adventures because you are worried for your joints…
Indeed, lots of people think that osteoarthritis comes from wear of the cartilage in the joints. Constantly rubbing against each other, cartilage bones eventually erode, get thinner and thinner, like car brakes that you forget to change.
Therefore, some think that to prevent osteoarthritis, the best thing is to avoid joints overuse such as intense sport, running, races, in order to avoid the thinning of the cartilages.
But this is absolutely not the way it works! Remember that your body is a living being, unlike a car.
Cartilage, like all other living tissues, is able to adapt and is strengthened when put to work
If one day, your cartilage stops regenerating, disappears or breaks, it will be because you have a problem. By you I mean, your body.
To be more exact, it suggests that your body doesn’t get enough food to regenerate, and by food I mean, quality nutriments.
It can also suggest that your body is too acidic and might be exposed to inflammation and degeneration.
You can easily fix that with diet and essential oils
But what you have to know is that a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests that people who practice regular running have less than half the chances to develop osteoarthritis, than others.
The explanation could be as follows:
Cartilage is not irrigated by blood vessels. However, it is composed of living cells, which need to be fed. The food is in the synovial fluid that bathes the joint. Each press of the cartilage allows the flow of synovial fluid in the cartilage cells and the feeding of nutrients.
If you hardly move, your cartilage simply starves.
But this doesn’t need to be this way!
If you have sensitive joints, walking can be sufficient to start with, and, as I wrote above, diet and aromatherapy can help to put you on track.
Make sure you favor alkalinizing foods (helping you fight acidity and necrosis). Most vegetables and fresh food promotes alkalinity.
Therefore, the best remains to avoid what promotes acidity, basically, meat and dairy products.
Nevertheless, you have to know that very healthy foods also promote acidity and must be balanced with neutral or alkalinity forming foods.
Here are very common acidity forming foods :
- Whole milk.
- Lentils, boiled.
- White bread.
- Whole-wheat cooked spaghetti.
- Plain bagel.
- Peanuts, dry-roasted.
- Lean beef.
- Wild cooked trout.
- Whole egg, hard-boiled egg.
- Brown rice.
- Cooked salmon.
- White canned tuna fish.
- Canned sardines.
- Cooked turkey bacon.
- American/cheddar cheese.
- Parmesan cheese (most acid-producing).
It is best to balance this list with alkaline promoting foods such as :
- Draft beer (most neutral).
- White wine.
- Mineral water.
- Red wine.
- Green beans.
- Raisins (most alkaline-promoting).
Now comes aromatherapy
What you want is taming inflammation, which means cooling your joints.
Here are the best cooling essential oils to massage on your knees, ankles and hips
In 10 ml of arnica infused base oil, add the following Essential oils:
- 3 drops of Blue chamomile (matricaria chamomilla).
- 2 drops of Peppermint (menthe piperita).
- 5 drops of Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis).
These powerful anti-inflammatory essential oils are also pain fighting oils that will help you start or continue to exercise, the fearless way.