No matter what your age is when the wheater changes from one extreme to another it makes us feel like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. So is there anything we can do to oil up those rusty joints and muscles? What weather changes have the least effect on our joints and muscles? Is feeling like the Tin Man a sign of getting a little too well seasoned? Come along with me as we explore these questions in this blog. Just a moment while I grease a few rusty joints and muscles.
Joints and muscles are bothered by changes from hot to cold or a change in the barometric pressure. The increase of barometric pressure can cause joints with different types of arthritis to ache or swell. The colder weather will make you feel stiff but will reduce the amount of swelling in the joints, this does, however, make joints ache. Warm weather does keep the joints from aching but they will swell due to heat. So any radical change in temperature or moisture levels makes our joints become rusty and difficult to move. For further information check out “The Effects of Barometric Pressure on Joints & Muscles“
With fall fast approaching it is the time to think about what we need to do to keep our joints and muscles happy with us through the fall and winter season. There is no reason that pain should be your sidekick. Try a few of these things to increase your chances of not becoming Tin Man. Dress in layers with a scarf, hat, and gloves, check your home for any draughts, limit your time out in the cold, have your home warm when you wake up, avoid sedimentary lifestyle, realize cold can cause you pain.
Dorthy was always trying to help Tin Man by oiling his joints. You too can eat certain things and do certain things during the fall and winter to increase your joint mobility and reduce the pain levels. I nice soak in Fizz Bar or Epson Salt with Peppermint and Eucalyptus, massage, body wrap, hot stone or other spa treatments can improve your pain levels. The following chart from :
What to include and foods to avoid
|Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, and anchovies||Meat, especially red and processed meats|
|Wholegrains including oats, quinoa, bulgar wheat, millet, brown rice plus beans and pulses including kidney beans and lentils||Refined carbs including white bread, rice, pasta and sources of refined sugar|
|Green leafy vegetables such as kale or spinach and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or Brussel sprouts||Vegetables from the nightshade family including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines|
|Exotic fruits such as pineapple, papaya, mango and guava||Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes or grapefruit|
|Plant-based dairy-free alternatives such as nut milks or tofu||Dairy foods, especially milk|
|Dried fruit such as figs||Processed foods including baked goods, cakes, crisps or fast food|
|Pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds||Eggs|
|Fresh herbs and spices including parsley, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, and cumin.||Salt|
|Water! Plus herbal tea options such as goldenrod||Caffeine and alcohol|
So this fall and winter just book a spa treatment and massage on the regular to avoid feeling like Tin Man.