So it’s 2012. The year I will be turning 38. I can remember a time when that seemed like a very OLD age. While I am not old, and certainly don’t FEEL old, I have noticed in the past few years that things are um…well, they aren’t quite the same as they were when I was, say, 18. Or maybe 28. Stuff like my knees, and ankles. Things go snap, crackle and pop! even when they aren’t in a bowl full of milk as part of my breakfast.
I’m starting to understand why my grandma Evelyn hated the cold, because it made her joints ache. While I don’t ache (yet?) in the cold, I do definitely react more to cold temperatures, at this stage of the game. Inflammation causes pain, and I don’t have a high threshold for pain. I get kind of crabby. Pouty. Whiny. It’s pathetic, really. But I’d like to prevent the pain before it starts, you know? Then I’m not stuck trying to relieve pain, just the inflammation that causes it.
Apparently, my body has turned 37 1/2 right along with the rest of me. I prefer, when possible, to use natural remedies for anything to do with my body (and those of my family members), from scrapes to aches to fevers…so inflammation issues would have me seeking out natural remedies before pharmaceuticals. I’m hoping that my newfound acceptance of exercising on a
mostly regular basis will help me to keep my joints feeling (and acting) younger than I am, but should they continue to groan, squeak, snap, crackle or pop in protest of my simply turning over in bed…well, I might look for something like Trivita. Or rather, WHEN they continue. Maybe I should start taking some of these remedies pre-emptively. [click to continue…]