Joint Pain

A lot of us complain of joint pain. Fingers, knees, ankles and other joints. Some of us wake up with swollen hands or legs that may be numb. Ignorance would probably make you believe that it is an outcome of wear and tear. Your body was reacting to overuse as it were. You may even be tempted to rest your tired and aching body. You could not be further from the truth. Your joints might pain for a host of reasons. Overuse is probably the most unlikely one. In fact, if anything they could be aching from a lack of use.

The human body is not engineered the same way as the machines we make. Machines wear down with use. The human body, on the other hand, improves with use. Your muscles act as a support system for your joints. If you exercise your muscles and keep them healthy, they reduce the load on the joints. The support provided by muscles prevents friction and pain. Similarly, the more you exercise your bones, the stronger they get. Also, the more you use your joints, the better lubricated they get. Cumulatively, your body is in better shape.

In reality, joints ache as an outcome of inflammation something that is non-obvious. Arthritis, for example, is an inflammation of the body. In one version, known as inflammatory arthritis, it is your bodies own immune system attacking the joints. In another version, too much uric acid accumulates in your body as your body breaks down purines, a substance found in many foods. The body is unable to eliminate the uric acid produced. The uric acid accumulates in your body causing pain in your joints.

Inflammation is often caused by an unhealthy lifestyle including poor nutrition, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, inadequate intake of vitamins or excessive consumption of processed foods. You mistakenly thought it was too much hard work.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.