We've all heard the old wives' tales before
Stories of grandmothers predicting the rain based on how well their rings could fit over their knuckles were common long before there was ever a Weather Channel. But is there really anything to the myth about changing weather and joint comfort/joint health?
It's not really that uncommon of a circumstance when you think about it. It seems that everything has a season - cold and flu season, allergy season, even our mood seems to be predictable when you think of Seasonal Affective conditions. So why not our joints? Or joint flexibility? Or perhaps lack of flexibility? But before we dip into the science, let's find out what our joints are all about.
Your joint is not a physical thing, it's actually the space between two or more bones
It's true. Your joint is not a part of the anatomy but rather a function of it. More clearly, it's the space in between bones, which means your joints actually have no nerve endings or even blood supply. Simply put, the joint is the space where two or more bones come together. So, when people talk about their joints, they are actually talking about the tissues that support movement of bones across one another which includes several tissues like cartilage, ligaments, tendons, even the bone and muscles themselves! And in the case of the knees, all of these relate to a fluid filled sac called the joint capsule. It's this fluid filled sac that might play a role with both weather changes and overall joint support.
Old man winter is making me feel old
In 2007, researchers at Tufts University in Boston reported that changes in temperature or barometric pressure (a measure that refers to the weight of the surrounding air), may trigger joint discomfort. And they even found that either temperature or barometric pressure can change independently and have the same result.
Some researchers believe that the fluids in the joint sac may react to either sudden temperature changes or even unnoticeable changes in air pressure that cause both the weather warnings as well as walking troubles.
Don't let your joint health get left out in the cold
So, now that we know grandma was right, what can we do about it? Here are a few tips to make digging yourself out of snow a little easier this winter:
- Stay warm inside and out - it's not enough to drink hot cider, try eating warming foods that support circulation like cinnamon, ginger, and peppers
- Move those mittens - use your hands to massage your knees before you go outside to promote blood movement and warmth
- Ho Ho Hold the fried foods - Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine said cutting back on fried food will help restore the body's natural defenses
- Lower your AGE - Advanced Glycation End-Products (AGE) are found in foods that are grilled at high temperatures and can aggravate the immune system so go medium-rare this winter and save the baking for summer
Superheroes in the Supermarket Shelves
So, while you are taking out that fried food from your grocery basket, why not add something to your cart that will help warm up your joints from the supplement aisle?
At Himalaya our approach to supplementation is different. We aim to support the body’s natural efforts for maintaining health because the body really knows best. When we set down to formulate for joint health we took into consideration what natural efforts the body has to maintain balance including all of the aspects that make the joint function like the tendons, cartilage, bones and muscles.
JointCare is a balanced approach that supports mobility as well as flexibility and joint health no matter what season you are in. And you can rest assure that your money is being well spent because our JointCare was clinically studied in human, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to support normal joint function and is safe for long-term use.
Here are a few ingredients you will find in our formula:
- Indian Tinospora which supports overall immune function and was traditionally used for its whole-body rejuvenating properties
- Guggul is a revitalizing herb used for centuries and has an affinity for supporting nerves and muscles.
- Licorice is used both in candy making as well as in traditional medicine to support normal cortisol levels which plays a significant role with immune functions and tissue response
- Boswellia supports normal glycosaminoglycans function (part of the fluid in the joint sac) and the natural preservation of cartilage tissue
- Tribulus supports the kidneys ability to remove fluids that build up around joints from excess exercise or from throwing too many snowballs!