1. Margaret

    Love this post. You give a lot of good information without being boring. Good use of visuals bye the way. Any way, I know that exercising is generally good for you. However, are there any exercises that someone with joint pain should AVOID?

    • Great question, Margaret. I would say in general, avoid extreme positions and stretches. Deep knee bends and other extreme positions can harm your joints. Avoid bringing your knee past a 90-degree bend, as well as behind-the-neck presses and lifts. Let me know if you have anymore questions. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Andrew

    Great timing because I have been experiencing minor knee pain and I ‘m not a big believer in pain pills. In fact, Experts believe that adding anti-inflammatory foods in your diet and limiting foods that may trigger joint pain can help ease the symptoms of your arthritis–just what you are saying. Can you suggest some anti-inflammatory foods?

    • That’s a great question, Andrew. Here are some suggestions:
      Ginger: Ginger blocks the production of substances that cause inflammation. Consuming ginger in fresh, powdered or dried form aids in reducing symptoms of arthritis.

      Broccoli: One of the healthiest foods out there, broccoli contains sulforaphane, which could heal inflammation, according to studies.
      Turmeric: Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin. Scientists believe that this chemical may have anti-inflammatory properties.

      I hope that helps. Thanks for checking in.

  3. Timothy

    Among your many excellent points, look forward to finding more tips in the concluding post of this series, I think you are especially correct when you speak about the link between diet and joint pain. Diet will never cure pain, but there are plenty of studies that show it can reduce it to a point where it does not interfere with daily activities to a high degree. Thanks for sharing this awesome article.

    • Hi Timothy,

      Thanks for the kind words. Yes, eating a proper diet can is vital in helping someone achieve success in their goal of overcoming joint pain. The culprit most of the time, besides the preservatives that can do a number on you, is inflammation. Foods that cause inflammation often lead to pain. The key is eating more of the foods that won’t cause inflammation. Thanks for checking in.

  4. A week or so back I had knee pain. It is because of an old injury. The pain had not occur for a long time. Suddenly it appeared again.

    Your article is a good reminder for me to be more mindful of the food I eat. I need to consume more natural food and less processed or refined foods.

    Recently, my brother fell ill. He is a Grab driver (like Uber in Asia). And sitting behind the wheel for long hours has taken its toll.

    This, and your blog post, is a reminder for me to start exercising again. And I should reboot my yoga practice. It has been too long.

    I’d like to swim. I used to swim a lot when younger. But in the past decade, the water in the pools have become really saturated with chlorine and whatever other chemicals they add to it. It is really awful to swim in them. The chemicals hurt me. Still, I should. And I must find a pool that is at least tolerable.

    Thanks for this wise and useful information.

    • Hello Tim,

      I’m so glad that you found this information on this series helpful. There are more tips on the second part of this series. So, I hope you check it out. I was thinking of your brother and that reminded me of some of my readers who are truck drivers and like your brother spend long hours sitting behind the wheel. Seat supports designed to give good posture and prevent back pain work well and perhaps your brother may give them a try.

  5. This is really great information and so true. Me and my husband is always talking about as we get older the pain seems to show up more prominent in our lives. We have also found that the pain goes away when we are eating right. Food really does make a difference in your body and I know when I eat sugar or carbs the pain really shows its ugly head and has different types of pain depending on what you eat.

    • Hello Dena,
      I’m so glad that you found the information in this article helpful. I think that diet plays a key role in managing pain because so much of the preservatives in the food we eat contribute to breaking down rather than building up our body. Thanks for checking in.

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