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5 Tips To Prevent Joint Pain During Winter

With the temperature dipping and winters at its peak, the chances people suffering from various ailments is very high. Although viral infection, cold, and cough are some of the common health complications, this time of the year cold worsens pre-existing joint pain.

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Joint pain can be easily prevented by following these simple steps:

Eat a healthy diet

A nutritious and healthy diet is the key to prevent any health complications. The simplest thing that you need to do is include vegetables, cereals, dairy products, seasonal fruits in your daily meals.

Induce in vitamin-rich foods

People who are suffering from generalized pain during winters are advised to consume foods that are rich in vitamins ( D, C, and K) and minerals, especially calcium. Rich foods like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes and oranges contain both vitamins and minerals. This is because these vitamins play an important role in the production of cartilage and tissue.

Exercise regularly

Stretching and exercise done with light weights are good for people who are suffering from joint pain. By doing so, you are easing the weight and relaxing the knees as well. Apart from this, cycling, walking, aerobics and swimming stretches the knee muscles and improve flexibility as well.

Avoid bathing in cold water

With cold weather and low temperature, the chances that one will experience a joint pain is high. Henceforth, it is advised that use warm water instead of cold water for baths instead. In addition to minimizing the joint pain, warm bath reduces the stiffness and soothes knee pain commonly seen in patients suffering from arthritis.

Bask in the sun

Start your day by making the most from the sun. Soaking in the sun in the morning or evening just does not stimulate the production of vitamin D but also improves blood circulation in the body.

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Yoga 4 You

Yoga can be a great way to treat depression naturally and help fight the winter blues.

Pranayama-2Kapalbhati pranayama steps are usually very straightforward. However, it is important to ensure that you perform it properly or you may end up hurting yourself. Sit straight with your spine erect and cross your legs in front of you.

  1. Take in a deep breath and exhale quickly and suddenly, making a puffing sound while you do it. Focus on exhaling forcefully and not on the inhalation.
  2. While exhaling, draw your abdominal muscles inward simultaneously. Your abdomen should rise when you inhale and fold when you exhale.
  3. Continue for 10 breaths and then take a break. Perform two more similar sets.

Some people perform this technique simply for its relaxing benefits, while others perform it for the physical benefits it offers. Some of them are:

  1. Weight loss because it works up the respiratory system and the abdominal muscles, helping you tone out your musculature and improve body tone.
  2. Kapalbhati clears the respiratory passages, minimizing risks of infections and allergies in the respiratory system.
  3. The exercise technique also helps improve the flexibility of the diaphragm. With the breathing technique used for this yogic kriya, the diaphragm gets plenty of exercise, becomes more pliable and improves circulation.

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Mindful movements for body and soul

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There is a “connection” between our body, mind and the universe. This is a very holistic perspective of living life. And in that sense therefore Ayurveda and Yoga are like siblings –with a very holistic view of living life.

Hence in this section – we are going to talk about some yoga techniques and practice some yoga poses together!

 

Shake those early morning woes with these simple yoga poses !

  1. Marjariasana (Cat Pose)Come onto your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
  2. Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor, with the hands directly under the shoulders and flat on the ground; your knees are hip-width apart.
  3. Look straight ahead. As you inhale, raise your chin and tilt your head back, push your navel downwards and raise your tailbone. Hold the Cat pose and take long, deep breaths.
  4. Follow this by a countermovement: As you exhale, drop your chin to your chest and arch your back up as much as you can; relax the buttocks. Hold this pose for a few seconds before you return to the initial table-like stage.
  5. Continue five or six rounds before you come out of this yoga posture.

Benefits Of Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

  • Brings flexibility to the spine
  • Strengthens wrists and shoulders
  • Massages the digestive organs and improves digestion
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Improves digestion
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Improves blood circulation

We hope you enjoyed reading these simple yet effective means of enriching our lives. If you have any experiences  or simple home remedies to share, any useful and/or favourite yoga poses please share those with us @ herbsatwork@gmail.com