Bone and joint health during the winter

With the advent of winter and a drop in temperatures, bone and joint problems emerge, which some believe are caused by winter. However, Dr. Marouane Bouloudhnine, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, confirmed that there is no direct effect of winter on the health of joints and bones, but there are a few tips to keep it healthy:

Stay warm: It is more practical to wear multiple thin-layered clothes than to put on heavy ones. This will keep you warm and is more practical when you move between outdoors and indoors. Staying warm will maintain a strong musculoskeletal system.

Keep moving: Especially for people with arthritis, movement and gentle exercise will improve blood flow to the joints, reduce inflammation and prevents stiffness.

Stretching daily will maintain softness and flexibility. It will keep the range of your movement and will improve it.

A balanced diet is essential to be maintained and is good for the health of your bones and joints. If you eat a well-balanced diet, you will not need any supplements. In cold countries with less sunny periods, some advice to take Vitamin D supplements.

Also, keep well hydrated by taking adequate drinks. Hot drinks give a feeling of warmth and comfort.

  • Are there drinks that strengthen bones and joints

There are no specific drinks that strengthen bones and joints, but in general, good hydration and supplements for those who need them can maintain your bones' health.

  • What is the effect of the long-term cold on the health of bones and joints?

Joints contain a shock-absorbent fluid called the synovial fluid. A healthy synovial fluid will keep the free movement of the joint. The cold makes the synovial fluid thicker, which impedes its ability to move freely, causing the joint to be stiffer.

Dr. Marouane Bouloudhnine also said nerves become more sensitive in cold temperatures, which may result in joint pain. This is usually more prominent in people with joint problems and previous injuries. Humidity may worsen joint pain, but the reason for this is not clear. Cold weather encourages people to sit and avoid exercise, which will have a negative impact on joint health. It increases stiffness and pain. Regular exercise and stretching are very important for those who have joint problems.

 

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