Do you feel stiff and achy when you wake up in the morning? Did you know that most women in menopause experience joint pain? Good news – there are several ways to get relief from aching joints during menopause.
Why do I have menopausal joint pain?
You might feel aches and pains in your knees, shoulders, neck, elbows, or hands. We start to feel uncomfortable in menopause as our estrogen levels drop. Estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory so as it fluctuates and dips we feel joint stiffness and achiness.
Estrogen helps keep fluid levels balanced. Now our joints aren’t as well lubricated so we suffer with joint pain and swelling. If you have an old injury it might flare up again.
How relieve menopause joint pain
There are changes you can make in your lifestyle and the food you choose to eat that can improve your discomfort and prevent things from worsening.
Our thirst signals aren’t as accurate in menopause. In addition to that, the total amount of water in our body is decreasing. Drinking water will help skin and other body tissues to stay hydrated.
Plain water without added sugar or sugar substitutes is the best choice. Add a squeeze of citrus or a splash of pomegranate juice if you want some flavor.
Aching legs in menopause? Keep ’em moving
You may feel achy but exercise is actually a way to ease the pain. Movement keeps joints lubricated. If you are uncomfortable, choose a low impact exercise like riding a bike, yoga, or swimming. Give yourself adequate rest time between high impact workouts to allow your body to recover.
Supplements for menopause joint pain
The best supplements for menopause joint pain are those that have anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric, omega-3 fatty acid, and ginger can help and offer additional health benefits. Magnesium helps maintain joint tissue and muscle function. It also helps strengthen bones. Topical CBD creams have also been found to offer joint pain relief.
Keep weight in the healthy range
Excess weight puts a strain on your joints. Adapting lifestyle habits like regular movement and eating nutrient-packed foods will help you stay in your healthy weight range.
Plan anti-inflammatory meals
Processed foods with cheap oils and foods high in sugar fan the flames of inflammation. Avoid inflammatory foods like white bread, cookies, and cake, fried foods, processed meats like hot dogs, soda and other sugary beverages, and foods with trans fatty acids like margarine. Plan meals with foods that soothe body tissues.
Phytochemicals and antioxidants, which reduce inflammation, are in foods like broccoli, avocados, berries, tomatoes, spinach, kale, oranges, cherries, salmon, olive oil, nuts, 70%+ dark chocolate, olive oil, and green tea. Even seasoning ingredients can help reduce pain. Try a little ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cayenne, or turmeric.
Lift some weights
I try to plan for as many anti-inflammatory ingredients as possible when making my meals and snacks. If you’d like to try out some of my plant forward recipes I created a 7-Day Perimenopause Meal Plan to help with issues like joint pain as well as other symptoms.
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Try some of my favorite anti-inflammatory recipes:
Coconut Curry Seafood Soup contains turmeric
Cilantro Cumin Dressing contains cayenne pepper
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