I had knee surgery after stepping in a hole walking our dogs. That was more than a year ago, but recently I began having joint pain in that knee. Here’s how I solved that nagging problem (it was even disrupting my sleep–not good)…
In the gym I began doing F4X for my hamstrings, the backs of my legs, to balance the strength of my frontal thighs. With my knees, I could not squat low. As I discovered after some research, not going low was taking my hamstrings out of that exercise. They were no longer involved in my squats, so my hamstrings were becoming weak–and triggering knee pain.
I started strengthening the backs of my legs with semi-stiff-legged deadlifts and/or leg curls (both shown in Old School New Body). After a few workouts, that did the trick–the pain disappeared. Some supplements helped too…
The herb turmeric contains curcumin, which reduces inflammation. Steve and I both take that now…
Also, a supplement called hyaluronic acid has been shown to reduce joint pain. I use that as well. HA is a naturally occurring substance in the body that produces collagen, the support tissue for joints and skin.
According to the Sept. ’12 Better Nutrition,, “The loss of HA within joints [which occurs with aging] appears to be a major contributor to osteoarthritis.”
Bonus: Almost 50 percent of the body’s HA is found in skin, so replenishing it can help reduce wrinkles. Nice!
As for joint pain and skin too, you should also be wary of foods that cause inflammation. In fact, there’s one pain- and wrinkle-producing food you might be eating every day–minimize this:
=> The #1 WORST food for your skin, joints, & blood sugar (beware — Are you eating this?)
Train smart, be well, live long.
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