Self Help for Sore Knees:
Home Remedies for Pain Relief and Healing
My name is Eric, I am 70 years old and injured my knees 3 times. In 1984, 2014, and again in 2016. My doctor told me I would need a knee replacement in 5 years. That was after my operation in 2014. Someone hit my knee with his motorcycle in 2016. Explore my website and find out how I’ve stayed active, with no plans to get a knee replacement. Thanks for visiting!
3 Rules For Better Knee Health
No one is going to take care of you forever. For 99% of your life, you MUST take responsibility for your health. If you are having knee problems and want your healthy knees back, then consider these 3 important factors.
You Are What You Think
Studies show that emotional stress is a factor in overall health. 25% of Americans are on anti depressants.
Your Are What You Eat
Potato chips and junk foods are loaded with sugar, salt, transfats and no real nutrition.
You Are What You Do
If you lead a sedentary and inactive life, your knee joints weaken over time, leaving you vulnerable.
Why Your Knees Are Important
The knee is one of the most important joints because it bears so much weight in a small area, if something goes wrong with your knee, through accidental injury, overuse in sports or work, poor diet, too little exercise, too much exercise (such as runners knee) all sorts of problems can arise.
But the thing is, many other health conditions also are related to the knee. Arthritis affect knee joints but can also affect other joints. And diet is certainly a factor in arthritis, since by definition, it means inflamed joint. “My joints feel like they are on fire” is more true than we realize.
Obesity, Inactivity & Knee Problems
Did you know that every extra pound of weight you carry equals 4 x more pressure on your knee? But weight doesn’t just affect your knees, it affects all your other joints, and puts stress on your internal organs, too.
Sitting too much
People who sit for long periods of time may develop life threatening embolisms. Poor posture puts stress on all your joints and depresses breathing, so you aren’t getting enough oxygen.
Does Smoking Cause Knee Pain?
The dangers of smoking are well documented and widely known nowadays. But here’s one you probably didn’t expect:
“This is a novel finding,” said Dr. Shreyasee Amin, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic lead researcher in a new study that will be published online this week in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The study involved imaging the knees of 159 men with osteoarthritis and asking them about their pain. On a pain scale with 100 as the highest score, the smokers came in at about 60 on average with the non-smokers at 45.
The researchers don’t know why smoking exacerbates the arthritis. But they suggest some possibilities. Smoking might …
- Disorder cells and inhibit cell proliferation.
- Increase oxidant stress, which contributes to cartilage loss.
- Raise carbon monoxide levels in blood, contributing to tissue hypoxia (insufficient blood oxygenation), which could impair cartilage repair.
As if lung cancer and heart disease are not bad enough, smoking even makes your joints hurt more..
How Do Our Thoughts Affect Knee Health?
Fact: Depression is common nowadays, not only causing emotional pain, but may even increase knee pain. How is this? One theory is that if we experience pain or stress in one form or another, it reduces our ability to handle pain in another form.
Think about when you are really tired, and your nerves are frayed. They say trouble comes in 3’s, and that can mean that knee problems interact with other health issues.
Well, I hope I haven’t totally bummed you out over all these examples of Murphy’s Law—that things often go wrong—can result in not just knee problems, but other health problems. Or other health problems are related to knee problems.
Can Self Knee Healthcare Really Work?
Self care is the way to go. If you want to keep your knees healthy, or get back your formerly healthy knees, take good care of your yourself.
The truth is that we actually have a lot more ability to control our health destiny, not just for our knees but also for our whole body—and emotional and even spiritual life.
There are two areas that almost everyone should pay attention to: Weight and Toxins.
To get an honest assessment of where you stand, especially in view of the fact that we are exposed to all kinds of toxins, from pesticide food, to processed foods with lots of unhealthy fats, and even now, clean pure water is hard to find, here is a quiz that can help you see if you are doing ok or not. Remember, it is not just weight, but also toxins accumulated in our bodies over time that can affect your joints, too.
The first step is to recognize that “You Are What You Eat!” Great health starts with a proper body weight. Since most people are overweight nowadays, if you fit into that category, then it’s a good idea to lose weight. And lose it as fast as possible. Why is that? Because the sooner you lose weight, the faster there is less stress on your knees, not to mention all the other parts of your body affected by extra unwanted pounds or kilos. The other reason why it is a good idea to lose weight fast, is because–let’s face it–everybody wants fast results.
Who wants to spend days and weeks on a treadmill, and slurping expensive and weird tasting concoctions meant to lose weight, but invariable result in gaining the weight right back? What we need is a program to simplify the whole weight reduction process. Here is an example of what I am talking about.