The points throughout your body where two bones meet—best known as joints—are the types of body parts you probably don't think about until something goes wrong. In actuality, your joints work tirelessly to keep you moving and upright each day. When you don't show them that same kind of love back, you put yourself at risk for developing diseases like arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term encompassing more than 100 medical conditions that cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects about 20% of American adults. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA), tends to manifest in those over the age of 60. Joint weakness and inflammation, damaged cartilage, and physical instability are common characteristics of this disease.

What Causes Arthritis?

Because the term “arthritis” can refer to myriad diseases, an equal number of causes must be considered. Regardless of the particular type of arthritis, the disease is a result of something going wrong in the joints, either abruptly or built up over time.

Arthritis risk factors include:

  • Obesity—excess weight puts a greater strain on your most-used joints, including ankles and knees

  • Autoimmune disease—rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks body tissues, eventually leading to the destruction of bones and cartilage

  • Poor nutrition—processed, nutrient-deficient foods and a lack of vitamins and minerals can lead to brittle bones and weakened joints

  • A physically demanding job, or one that involves repetitive movements

  • Genetic history of joint problems

Keeping your joints healthy is crucial in preventing arthritis. Follow our recipe for joint health for your strongest defense against joint-related disease.

Joint Health Recipe

  • Regular, low-impact exercise. Get yourself in the habit of exercising 30 minutes a day, or every other day if it’s more reasonable for your schedule and ability. Don't go too hard on your joints—instead of running, for example, try swimming or bicycling. This type of physical activity keeps your joints flexible and builds muscle while protecting your joints from strain.

  • A comfortable office setup. If you're one of the millions of people whose work requires sitting at an office all day, being aware of your posture is essential. If possible, set up your desk so that your knees are above your hips and your wrists are not bent in any particular direction. An ergonomic desk setup, as well as frequently taking standing/walking breaks, can help prevent arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • 11 pounds weight loss. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the smartest things you can do to prevent arthritis. Obesity is perhaps the greatest risk factor for arthritis, as your hips, knees, and back have to bear most of your body weight. A study found that women of normal height who dropped 11 pounds, or about 2 BMI units, reduced their risk of osteoarthritis in the knees by more than 50%. Of course, 11 pounds is just a guideline—make sure to talk to your doctor before deciding if, and how, you should lose weight.

  • Plenty of water. H2O keeps your body lubricated, making up 70 percent of the cartilage in your joints. Make sure you drink eight cups each day for optimum joint health.

  • Royal Velvet. Essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids keep your musculoskeletal system healthy, which is why it is important to make sure you get the right amounts each day. The Healthy Protocol, LLC's Royal Velvet nutrifies your cells naturally and efficiently, improving joint health and strengthening your bones for increased mobility and flexibility. 

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