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There are many things to appreciate about getting older, but paying the price for an old injury is not one of them. Even if an accident or sports injury happened years ago, you may feel the fallout for decades.
Unfortunately, it can be common to notice pain or stiffness from past injuries as you age. But that's not all; you could experience a variety of other issues as well.
For example, degenerative disk disease (DDD) is a condition where the disks between the vertebrae of your spinal column begin to thin. This causes pain and can even affect your height.
Degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a type of painful arthritis often referred to as osteoarthritis. This occurs when your joints start to breakdown.
You may also start to notice painful spurring, muscle guarding, or lack of range of motion as a result of past injuries.
If you suffer from an injury that happened earlier in life, let me share with you these tips to help you out. My goal is always to help you achieve a healthy body, and a healthy body should not leave you in pain.
Let's get started.
My 5 Tips for Old Injuries and Aging
1.) Start Intermittent Fasting
What you need to do first is focus on decreasing inflammation in the body as much as possible. I have found that intermittent fasting is by far one of the most effective ways to accomplish this goal.
Intermittent fasting along with a keto diet will help a lot with your inflammation and will even act as an effective anti-aging tool.
As you age, old and dysfunctional cell parts begin to build up. These cells can't be recycled properly without autophagy. Autophagy is a natural mechanism that cleans out unnecessary or dysfunctional cell components and allows the cell to be recycled.
Intermittent fasting actually stimulates autophagy, and if you have a good recycling mechanism in your cell—you can slow down the aging process.
When it comes to anti-aging, intermittent fast is one of the best things you can do.
How to Start:
Intermittent fasting may seem complicated at first, but it's a really simple way to boost your health. Essentially, with intermittent fasting, you will eat when you're hungry and not eat when you aren't—cutting out frequent meals.
It can take time for your body to get used to intermittent fasting. Once you do, instead of eating three meals a day with snacks, you will be eating two or maybe even one meal a day without snacks.
If you want to learn more about intermittent fasting, check out *this video I created which simplifies the whole process.
2.) Use Stinging Nettle Root
If you only know of stinging nettle as the plant that will sting your bare feet in the back yard, then you're missing out. This incredible anti-inflammatory herb is one of the most powerful herbs I know of that fights inflammation fast.
Essentially, Stinging Nettle Root decreases pain and inflammation in joints and muscles and can even have an effect on chronic joint conditions—without any side effects.
Why wouldn't you want to give this a try?
How to Start:
You can find stinging nettle root as a tea, as a capsule or tablet supplement, and as an extract. To learn more about this herb (which is one of my favorite herbs) you should take a look at *this video that I did on the subject.
3.) Try Opposite Stretching
This secret technique that I'm about to share with you is incredibly simple—and most importantly, it works. Opposite type stretching is perfect for muscles and tendons that ache, cause pain, and limit your range of motion. It's also a fantastic technique to try if you have an injured joint.
Essentially, with opposite type stretching, all you need to do is pinpoint the motion that is limited and then stretch in the opposite direction.
How to Start:
Though you can try this on any type of joint or muscle pain throughout the body, I'll give you a specific example. Let's say you have an injured neck and you cannot comfortably look up towards the ceiling.
Instead of stretching your neck back to relieve the condition, you actually need to stretch your neck forward as if you're looking at the floor—in the opposite direction of the painful motion. After some time, you should start to notice your range of motion improve.
If you suffer from injury pain relating to your joints, muscles, or tendons, you'll want to watch the in-depth seminar I created on stretching techniques
4.) Only Use Body Weight When Exercising
When it comes to exercising, stop using added weight and start using your body weight. Weight lifting is only going to potentially reaggravate your condition or injury. If your body aches and is sore from old injuries, you may feel like you want to avoid exercise altogether. But, there are exercises you can do that won't stress or aggravate the injured area and may even help eliminate that stiffness or chronic pain.
How to Start:
Choose exercises that use your body weight instead of added weight. Isometric exercise is a great type of strength training, which is perfect for this.
Some popular isometric exercises you could try are:
- Wall sits
- Plank holds
- Glute bridges
5.) Take Advantage of K2 & D3
K2 and D3 are incredible vitamins that help remove calcium from places it shouldn't be—such as your joints and soft artery tissue. Getting this calcium out of the wrong places promotes healthy joints—and in turn, reduces pain.
With the right dosage, vitamins K2 and D3 can work together beautifully to help support and maintain healthy joints and strong bones.
How to Start:
Try taking my D3 & K2 Vitamin Supplement. Each tablet is packed with nutrients to boost heart, bone, and immune health.
Getting older doesn't mean you have to be subject to aches, stiffness, joint pain, and old injury pain. Knowing how to deal with these things can make all of the difference. If you take advantage of my five tips, you will start to feel like a brand new and healthy you.