Monday, April 24, 2017

The Warm Weather-Joint Pain Connection

Ice cream. Barbecues. Beach days. There are so many things to love about summer. Joint pain isn't one of them.

If your joints ache as the temperature rises, you're not alone. A British study finds that over half of adults suffer from joint pain throughout the summer months.

In this post we will explore the connection between joint pain and warm weather, and tell you where you can find relief that lasts long past Labor Day.

Why You? Why Now?

There are a few possible causes of summer joint pain. For many, the arrival of warm summer weather signals their return to the tennis court, golf course or bicycle lane. While engaging in physical activity is critical to overall health, exercising after months of inactivity places a lot of strain on elbows, knees, and other joints.

Very often, it's the weather itself that causes joint pain. An atmosphere of extreme temperature and moisture fluctuations can impact the levels of fluid that lubricate the joints, causing discomfort.

Heat and humidity can also increase the amount of inflammation in the body. Your regular dose of anti-inflammatory medication may not cut it when summer hits.

Instead of avoiding physical activity or doubling your dosage, try a natural alternative that doesn't just mask joint pain, but addresses it.

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help

Whether the cause of your summer joint pain is a more active lifestyle, rising temperatures, or a combination of both, stem cell therapy may help.

During a typical session, a doctor harvests adipose stem cells from the patient’s own body while they are under a local anesthetic. The cells are manipulated and injected into the patient’s ailing joint, where they stimulate the area’s circulation to promote the healing process. Many patients report a significant reduction in pain after only one session.

Unlike more invasive pain management procedures, a stem cell therapy session is not followed by a lengthy recovery period. In fact, many patients are back to work the very next day—and back to enjoying all that the summer has to offer, without fear of joint pain getting in the way.

Make your dream summer body one that doesn't ache. To find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you, book your consultation today.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 Foods to Avoid If You Have Joint Pain

When it comes to relieving joint pain, a disciplined diet can have hugely beneficial effects.  If you are affected by arthritis, bursitis, or another conditions that cause pain in your joints, the chemicals in some foods can result in increased inflammation and further pain.

We all know that eating our greens is a good idea, but which foods need to be avoided to manage pain? To help you improve your diet and look after your joints, here are five foods you should aim to cut down on.

1. Sugar
Many of us have a sweet tooth. Unfortunately, sugar doesn’t like our bodies as much as we like it. For one thing, too much processed sugar in your diet can result in weight gain, increasing the pressure you put on weight-bearing joints like your knees. Sugar also triggers the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines, making your inflammation worse.

So detox your fridge of things like soda, cake, chocolate and sweetened juices. The occasional treat is okay, but cutting down your sugar intake is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health and take care of your joints.

2. Red meat
You should keep your intake of processed and red meats to a minimum, but you don’t have to cut meat out altogether if you don’t want to. Lean proteins like skinless chicken and quinoa are very good for you, providing vital nutrients and energy. On the other hand, saturated fat is known to worsen arthritis and cause inflammation.

If you are affected by arthritis, you need to keep your cholesterol low. This means saturated fats should comprise less than 10% of your calorie intake. Make some simple dietary swaps like choosing oils over butter, and opting for low-fat dairy products.

3. Dairy
The jury is still out over whether small quantities of milk increase inflammation. But many practitioners advise people with joint pain to cut back on dairy consumption. If you like milk, limit the quantity you drink and always choose 1% or nonfat. Alternatively, opt for unsweetened almond milk instead.

4. Refined grains and flour
When we eat white bread and certain pastas, our digestive system quickly turns them into sugar. Refined grains also have a greater concentration of inflammation markers in our blood. Choose nutritious whole grains instead, like brown rice and multi-grain bread.

5. Trans fat
Trans fats have become synonymous with fast food, fried products, and junk food. While these foods can be tempting, trans fats trigger systemic inflammation, and should be avoided.

To keep your joints healthy, cut down on processed snacks like potato chips, and deep-fried foods such as French fries. Margarine, frozen packs, pies, donuts, and certain cookies are also high in trans fats.

A few simple dietary changes can help reduce your joint pain and improve your quality of life. If you are looking for long term relief from joint pain, contact us to find out if alternative treatments like Stem Cell Therapy are right for you.