Bone and joint wellness in the elderly - NL-036
The health of our joints, bones, cartilage and connective tissues tend to decline with age. However, researchers suggest that age related changes to your bones and muscles are not totally inevitable. In fact, it is now believed that the bone and joint health in the elderly is directly related to the level of their physical activity. As we age, there are a number of changes that happen in your bones and muscles which are largely caused by a sedentary lifestyle and depletion of calcium and other bone-healthy vitamins and minerals. Older people who are physically active and go for walks often and take their supplements regularly are less likely to experience reduced bone mass and develop osteoporosis, joint disorders and other chronic health problems.
Taking care of bones and joint wellness is very important, particularly for the elderly, who are more prone to developing conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and reduced muscle size. All these conditions can lead to chronic pain, muscle weakness, fatigue and an increased risk of fall and bone fracture. There is a lot that older people can do to improve their bone and joint health. Eating a healthy diet, taking supplements (calcium, vitamin D and magnesium) and being physically active are three pillars of maintaining healthy muscles, bones and joints.
Exercise plays a very important role in not only preventing but reversing many age-associated changes in the bone and joints. Low-impact exercises can reduce the rate at which bone loss takes place, improves muscle mass, maintain bone density, delay the development of conditions such as osteoporosis and maintain flexibility in the joints. Exercise also helps other factors such as mood, sleep and immunity that contribute to the overall wellness of a person. Active ageing can help seniors to keep their bone and joint health in good shape, enabling them to enjoy life to the fullest, and reduce their chances of injury, decreased mobility and physical disability.
It is also important to eat right. Processed food items that are high in sugar, salt, refined carbs and unhealthy fats create an atmosphere of inflammation, that affects the health and structure of your bones and joints. Older individuals should focus on a balanced diet that comprises of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. It is also best to take calcium and vitamin D supplements which are integral to maintaining healthy bones and joints. Magnesium also plays an important role in keeping your bones strong and sturdy. In fact, low magnesium levels are associated with an increased risk of fractures in the elderly. Taking herbal supplements such as shallaki (Boswellia Serrata) also helps nourish joints and reduces pain and inflammation. Shallaki contains many bioactive ingredients that reduce painful symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. If you or your loved ones suffer from bone and joint disorders, it is important to take it seriously, from today.