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Last updated July 7, 2015 (originally published April 2, 2008)

By Mary and Sam Donahue, Associate Editors




We decided to write this column together after we heard from
too many friends who, like us, are no longer on the sunny side
of 40 yet who are active.  Just when we start to get into a
good groove walking everyday or hitting th egym, comes a pain
in our knees, hips, elbows, back or heels.

"My bones ache", is the constant complaint we heard. We too
like to stay active. Mary is a dedicated walker and I bicycle to
and from work in Portland, Oregon.


We can't say these tips will work for everybody but they have
worked for us and for most of our friends, so here goes:


1.
Change Your Shoes.  We both use the brand of shoes called
"Shox". They have these piston-looking plastic cushions. Not to
boost a brand (even though Nike is located right here in
Oregon), but we both like Nike Shox. After walking more than a
mile in other brands, I felt it on the bottoms of my feet and
Mary felt it in her knees and hips.  One of our friends, Terry,
has found a similar brand from Reebok and he swears by them.
So the idea is to look for a bouncy-souled tennis shoe.

These shoes will help save your knees, hips and heels. You get
heel pain because, extra weight wears out the layer of fat on
the bottom of our feet which is our natural "padding" against
heel pain.

This layer of fat on the soles of our feet wears down as we age
and as we gain weight over the years. To compensate, try
wearing thick-soled sneakers, especially those with "shock"
padding.

2.
Glucosomine/Chondriatin.  These work, folks. We take them
every morning and, when the pain returns, we double up and
take another at night.  The bottle recommends 3 a day, so
maybe in our next decade, we'll be taking 3 a day but 2 work
for now.

It seems to take only a day or two for enough of the
supplement to build in my system to make a difference. But we
have friends with very bad arthritis --one who is about 300
pounds and she has severely arthritic knees--who need about 2
weeks of glucosomine/chondriatin to feel any relief.

The other thing to note is that once I could not find a combo
pill of Glucosomine and chondriatin, and I bought a bottle of  
glucosomine pills alone.  It just didn't work as well as the
combo of both glucosomine and chondriatin.

3.  
Fish Oil. Okay, the American Heart Association and the
Arthritis Foundation both recommend fish oil for heart disease
and arthritis relief.  We take 1000mg each day and sometimes
we also take one at night.  After about two days of this, I feel
the difference.




























4.
Carbonated Drinks Are Not to Blame --It's the Colas.  Here,
the tip is "stop".  We found that when we cut way down on the
carbonated drinks, that our bones and joints felt better. There
is no verifiable research that proves indisputably  that
carbonation is responsible for lowering your body's calcium
levels, but there are studies that show that colas  --- whether
carbonated or not --- drain the calcium content of your bones.

5.
Drink Water. Your bones are 31% water, according to Dr.
H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry.  Drinking enough
water is one of the most important daily habits that support
bone shaft strength and joint lubrication. Dehydration, in fact,
is one of the chief causes of brittle bones. Aim for 8 full 8
-ounce glasses of water per day.

As we get more tips from friends -or you-we will add them.

Thanks for sharing some of your day.  

Mary and Sam

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