It seems that we are living in a world where health is quickly deteriorating. All around us, we are seeing more and more people with disfigured joints. We know, of course, the causes: processed food, lack of proper hydration and exercise. But what can we do about it?
Luckily for us there is a cure for this modern epidemic: Ayurveda! With its focus on keeping the body healthy through natural means like herbs and oils, Ayurveda can help us to maintain healthy joints by supporting our circulatory system – all while leaving the chemicals behind.
Let us take a look at what Ayurveda teaches us about healthy joints:
Healthy Joints Through The Circulatory System
In Ayurveda, our blood is considered to be the basis of all life. It is the medium through which we can get nourishment while also removing waste. To understand how this pertains to keeping our joints healthy, we must take a look at how self-healing occurs in our body.
According to Ayurvedic theory (and all natural healing schools) we are made up of three Doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is our Doshas which are in charge of maintaining our health and keeping us alive. Through the renewal process of Ayurveda, our bodies will perform self-healing when we give it the correct balance to work with.
If the Doshas are out of balance, there will be a disruption to proper circulation. When this occurs, Ayurveda teaches us that disease is likely to occur within the body and joints. This is an excellent starting point for those suffering from joint pain; if self healing can begin correctly within our body, our joints will be able to heal themselves with time.
The Power Of Healthy Joints
It is important to note that the end result of maintaining proper circulation will not only benefit our joints, but also our whole system. We will see healthy cells that are able to function properly and thus maintain overall health. The most important thing is that we heal the body properly, which will also greatly reduce joint pain.
The following Ayurvedic remedies for healthy joints are: exercise, massage, walking, and getting into the routine of taking time off from work. You should also make sure that you’re grounded through regular contact with nature or water.
You can also do the following:
1. Drink lots of water:
Drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day. You should try to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day, but it is best to drink more if you are unable to. If you are in pain, try drinking cold water, it will help to remove stagnation in the joints by flushing out toxins and stimulating circulation.
If you find that you are very hydrated, and feel great with it, you can try drinking up to 10 cups of water a day rather than stopping at 8 or so just for the sake of it (it’s much better to overdo than underdo).
Keep your joints moving. This is really an important part of the process, and one that many people overlook. If you just sit around all day, you will not have healthy circulation in your joints. You need to exercise daily to get healthy joints, as this will encourage healthy circulation in them.
You can massage yourself or find someone else who can massage you (a professional or a friend). You should always try to get regular massages if you find it helpful for your symptoms, especially if it helps to remove stagnant stagnation from the joints and thus reduce pain levels.
If you are not able to do high impact exercise, try walking as this will encourage circulation and help to flush out toxins. Walking is particularly good because it is gentle on the joints, and is also good for maintaining a healthy weight.
5. Get into the routine of taking time off from work:
Taking time off from work to rest and recuperate will enable your body to heal more effectively, which will in turn reduce pain levels for your joints. You should aim for at least one day a week off . If you have the flexibility in your schedule, try taking 2 days off per week instead of one (one day on a weekday and one day over the weekend).