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Joint Pain and Bone Loss
Joint Pain, as well as Bone Loss, are other menopause symptoms, which are typically caused by the hormonal imbalance.
Hormones, especially estrogen, play a major role in a woman's bone strength and joint health. At menopause, the drop in estrogen levels results in increased bone loss. It is estimated that an average woman loses up to 10% of her bone mass in the first five years after menopause.
The body can't absorb enough Calcium from food. If Calcium levels in blood are too low, the body will take Calcium from the bones and supply the muscles and nerves with it.
When the skeleton stops growing, bones are at their strongest peak bone mass. If the bone mass before menopause is less than ideal, the bone loss during menopause may result in Osteoporosis. Bones will become porous and prone to fractures.
Osteoporosis is related to joint pain.
Joint pain is defined as pain, stiffness, or swelling in or around a joint.
There are 360 joints in the human body. Joint pain often occurs in joints of high impact, such as the knees, hips and back, but many women notice the joint pain in their hands.
The leading cause of joint pain is inflammation. Estrogen keeps the inflammation down, so as the estrogen levels drop, joints become painful.
Like any other menopause symptoms, joint pain can be eased with proper knowledge and treatment. Early treatment can often bring a cure and prevent further development of bone loss.The best menopause solution for bone loss and joint pain is to combine lifestyle changes with alternative medicine.
We all know that diet is extremely important to our health. Some foods aggravate the digestive system and produce joints inflammations. Fried foods, red meat, hydrogenated oils, dairy products from cows, artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives, caffeine, chocolate, refined white sugar and flour should be avoided.
Essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties.
Tip: Add a spoonful of Organic Flaxseed to your salad, yogurt or smoothie. It is an excellent source of omega-3, protein, fiber, and minerals such as Magnesium and Copper.
It appears the Sulfur is beneficial in treating joint pain, because it is an essential nutrient for joint tissue.
Tip: Incorporate Soy in your diet, because it promotes bone health. Women at menopause can loose up to 20% of their bone density!
Many exercises can improve the health and vitality of your joints by strengthening the muscles that surround them. Exercise helps increase circulation and helps control your weight. Not exercising on a regular basis actually weakens your muscles and bones and increases your chance of developing joint stiffness, pain and broken bones.
Keep in mind that all exercises should be taken slowly and you should work up your endurance. You don't want to cause unnecessary injury or further aggravate your joints by overdoing it. Start with walking and try my meditation while walking technique.
Use Relaxing Treatments
Treat your body well and don't overwork it. When you are comfortable, your body can relax. When your body relaxes, it releases tension. Great ways to ease tension and stress is to engage in soothing activities you enjoy such as massage, warm bath and stretching.