• Mona Eldhary, LAc, DACM

Why the Little Things Can Hurt

As I mentioned in my last email, sometimes little things that shouldn’t cause injury do. If this has happened to you (even if your doctor says it’s arthritis) it’s important to find out why these things are happening so you can address them and maybe prevent them from happening again. Here are 3 common reasons why little things can cause big injuries: #1. Your muscles and bones lack calcium even though you drink milk and take supplements. Studies show that people who consume more dairy are just as likely, if not more likely, to suffer from bone fractures compared to people who consume less dairy. That said, milk is important for healthy bones, joints

and muscles. But the trick is to include foods that help you to better absorb the calcium that’s in your diet, and to include more non-dairy sources of calcium. You want the calcium to be absorbed into your muscles and bones, not just your blood. In the next message, I’ll tell you how to make that happen. #2: Eating plenty of meat doesn't seem to help. Like Calcium, protein is a nutrient that’s often not properly absorbed by our bodies. And even if you’re absorbing it well, you want to make sure that the proteins and amino acids in your food are not being destroyed in the cooking process. Stay tuned for some info on how to get your protein right. #3: Poor circulation. This is especially problematic in the winter, when the weather’s cold. And to make matters worse, a lot of people apply ice to their injuries. Applying ice might numb the pain in the moment, which can be good if an injury is brand new and swelling dangerously. Ice slows everything down by reducing circulation. But once an injury is done growing and ready to heal, you don’t want to slow it down. In my next message, I’ll tell you how and when to use heat to prevent and heal injuries. Stay tuned for some simple tips that have been game changers for me and for many of the people that I’ve worked with when it comes to avoiding unnecessary injuries.

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