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The 5 Best Ways to Prevent Knee Pain

What is one of the most used – and overused – parts of the body? 

If you guessed your knees, you are correct! Because this system of muscles, joints, and ligaments get used all the time for almost every movement you can think of, it is at an increased risk for injury, stiffness, and chronic pain. 

There is A LOT of information out there about how to keep your knees feeling their very best. To be honest, not all of it is good information. That’s why I put together this list of the best ways to prevent knee pain. 

You know me – I like to help you take prehabilitative and preventive measures to ensure that you stay in the best shape and live your most comfortable life! 

Don’t let knee pain stop you – get ready for an active, adventurous summer! 

  1. GET MOVING: I have said it before and I will say it again – motion is lotion! Achey, shaky knees are often craving some movement. Gentle movement – please do not go run a half marathon! Warming up the muscle group around your knees stimulates joint fluid and actually works to lubricate your joints. This makes movement more comfortable and less painful. Which is exactly what you want!

  2. USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR NATURAL PAIN RELIEF: Did you go on a super long walk? Good for you, get those steps in! If you’re feeling soreness in your knees afterward, try this. Add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil to coconut oil or other carrier oil and rub on your knees. Eucalyptus and peppermint have properties that reduce inflammation and ease pain, making it the perfect natural remedy for stiffness and aching knees. It will be easier to get up and moving again in no time!

  3. CHECK YOUR SHOES: Make sure that your shoes are providing you with adequate support. Are your arches caving in? Do your heels feel supported? You are likely putting extra strain on your knees if your shoes are not supporting your feet. Without proper support, every step you take, every move you make will cause knee pain for you..! All joking aside, your feet need to be balanced in order for your whole body to remain balanced. When you’re imbalanced, it causes your knees to overwork or overcompensates, leading to that annoying aching feeling.

  4. A HEALTHY DIET IS THE BEES KNEES (pun-intended): Try to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet. Less bleached grains, more vegetables and fruits that have vitamins, C, D, and E – all of which combat inflammation in the body. If you eat fish, try to choose those high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel, and tuna. Use turmeric, which is high in curcumin and proven to reduce inflammation, to spice up your cooking. I actually think turmeric is amazing on potatoes – par-boil, add to a pan with coconut oil or avocado oil, salt, turmeric, onions, garlic – fry it all up!

  5. INCREASE YOUR WATER INTAKE: Your body is never functioning at its best if it is lacking proper hydration.  The body is made up of 70% water and most of your joint fluid is comprised of water.   Actual liquid helps keep everything operating smoothly in your body, from digestion to detox systems, to muscle and joint movement.  Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day.  Start every day first thing with a glass of water in the morning.

I hope this wellness wisdom helps you navigate and resolve some of your daily aches and pains. I am dedicated to providing the best service to each and every Yoga Prehab member. 

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Personal training, physical therapy, and chiropractic visits add up fast! Plus, I know that for some people, going to doctor’s offices, gyms, and in higher-risk spaces is just an option right now. 

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The Best Food for Magical Muscle Cramping Relief

This isn’t some fancy, difficult to acquire food or ingredient. Nothing you have to search tirelessly for around your nearest health food store. You probably even have it sitting on your counter or in your freezer right at this very moment… 

I’m talking about bananas! This fruit is used worldwide to soothe stomachs, balance digestion, and provide necessary amounts of potassium and magnesium that the body needs to function. 

Potassium and magnesium are essential for keeping muscles, ligaments, and joints healthy and lubricated. Creaky, squeaky joints can be helped tremendously by ensuring the correct amount of magnesium and potassium are getting into your diet. Potassium helps treat muscle soreness, part of the reason why it’s never a bad idea to reach for a banana after you’ve worked up a sweat or done some mobility training. 

The glycogen contained in bananas also helps to rebuild and regenerate muscle, making it useful for muscle growth and recovery, while diminishing muscle aches post-workout. 

Bananas make an excellent post-workout recovery option. And, even more apeel-ing (see what I did there?) bananas are so versatile – eat with your favorite nut butter, add to oatmeal, whip up a smoothie – you can do almost anything with fresh or frozen bananas. 

My recipe for a delicious Post-Workout Muscle-Hydrating Smoothie is super simple: 

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cup coconut water

1 ripe banana

1 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)

1 cup mangoes (frozen or fresh)

1 lemon wedge (with skin)

1-2 scoops protein powder (I use Dr. Forest Organic Raw Cold Pressed Vegan Plant Protein Powder)

  • Add all ingredients to blender and mix until you’ve reached your desired consistency. If it’s too thick, add more coconut water and blend more. Enjoy!
  • Best for after workouts to rehydrate, replenish, and repair muscles.

 

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Happy Grooving Starts With A Healthy Gut

Last year, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center published evidence that bacteria in the gut – primarily governed by diet – could be the key factor behind osteoarthritis. Once again, scientific inquiry and academic findings reveal that everything in the body is connected

Ayurvedic practice and eastern medicine have long held this position – that every interaction, function, symptom in the human body is a part of the whole body. You can’t simply segment out certain things. This is why so many people and practitioners are now turning to holistic approaches to treat and heal conditions, symptoms, and issues that flare up and affect overall health and well being. 

As it turns out, the activity in your gut can impact how comfortably active you are able to be. Essentially, the presence of probiotics may decrease inflammation and inflammatory responses throughout your entire body. With less inflammation, your joints are better protected, your muscles are less achy, and you feel less of those annoying and uncomfortable aches and pains. 

The prolonged inflammation that can be caused by a lack of a healthy gut and functional digestive system may be the culprit for early-onset osteoarthritis, chronic arthritis, and other forms of joint pain. 

The classic “American diet” of fast-food, non-complex carbs, loads of corn byproducts, high sugar, and over-processed foods do not support the maintenance of healthy probiotics in the gut! The digestive system suffers and causes a greater degree of inflammation – even in joints and muscles. 

Arthritis – technically an autoimmune disease – may include symptoms such as cartilage deterioration due to the lack of supportive probiotics in the gut. Having probiotics in your gut will strengthen your immune system and decrease inflammation in your body. 

Michael Zuscik, Ph.D., associate professor of Orthopaedics in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research, led the study at URMC and reminds us that, “Cartilage acts as both a cushion and a lubricant, supporting friction-free joint movements. When you lose that, it’s bone on bone, rock on rock. It’s the end of the line and you have to replace the whole joint. Preventing that from happening is what we, as osteoarthritis researchers, strive to do – to keep that cartilage.”

The last thing you want to do is have surgery to repair such joint issues, so getting ahead of the game and incorporating probiotics may make a huge difference. Surgery is expensive, involves time-consuming recovery, and a lot of time spent in physical therapy. You can hopefully avoid that by taking preventative and pre-habilitative steps now to ensure that your gut health and joint health are prioritized. 

Looking for some more gut knowledge and wellness tips & tricks? Yoga Prehab™ by Tristan Gatto integrates Physical Therapy-Based Yoga, Body-Saving Solutions, and HIIT into a powerful and proven method to get your body tight and right while protecting your joints and increasing your flexibility!

3 Easy Ways to Successfully Stimulate Your Lymphatic System

Let’s talk about the lymphatic system, my friends! Honestly, there is so much to cover, so I’ll be addressing important points about the lymphatic system periodically over the next few months. Be sure to stay tuned!

 But, first, let’s review briefly why the lymphatic system is even worth talking about at all! 

In short, your lymphatic system is a network of nodes and glands that help your body detoxify itself. This necessary detoxing helps your body heal, keeps your organs functioning normally, transports waste, and keeps your immune system in top shape. 

If your lymphatic system is out of whack, your body might be trying to let you know. If you are experiencing congestion, inflamed tonsils, fluid retention, swollen lymph nodes or glands, increased fatigue, brain fog, and/or constipation – you might be dealing with a stagnant lymphatic system. 

Of course, the symptoms I just listed could be signs for…well, a lot of other things too, so be sure that you visit your doctor to discuss your health promptly! That said, you can talk with your doctor about your lymphatic system, and what you can do to help your body detox in natural ways. 

In the meantime, you might notice positive results from simple things like drinking enough healthy fluids and fueling your body with whole foods. These will of course help, but another easy and surefire way to get things moving is to move your body!

Yes, you read that correctly, mobility can ignite your lymphatic system, spurring it into action to properly transport waste out of your body. You’ve probably seen lymphatic massages before? Well, massages and actual movement of your skin’s surface area can totally boost your lymphatic system! 

But, you don’t need to splurge on a massage (unless you want to, in which case, enjoy)! You can also kick your lymphatic movement up a notch in the following 3 easy ways: 

 

  • Anything with a twist: All of the twists, standing poses, and movements in even the simplest of yoga flows will help spark your lymphatic system. This is one of the reasons why the Ayurvedic tradition is so rooted in yoga – the movements are powerful ways to help your body detox naturally. A simple seated twist may even provide a sense of almost immediate release. Try this Gentle Warrior 2 flow with me to help boost that lymphatic function!

 

  •  Elevate: Even just doing waterfall pose (also known as “legs up the wall”) takes just a few minutes and can help boost your lymphatic systems into action. Elevating your legs is a different sensation and position for your body, normally you find the soles of your feet on or very near to the ground. Switching it up even just briefly can get some things flowing in the opposite direction, so to speak, and can generate healthy lymphatic movement.

 

  • Down dog: Downward facing dog is considered a restorative pose in a sense, even if it doesn’t always feel like it! While it isn’t a full-on inversion by any means, it is easy and safe for almost everyone to do, and it does get your head and shoulders in a different position than normal. Similarly to waterfall pose, this jumpstarts some of the movement in your lymphatic system, simply by switching things up for a few minutes, generating some movement, and creating some space in those harder to reach areas of your body.

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