Keeping your joints healthy and active is of utmost importance as it helps in facilitating their easy movement. Your joints can be referred to as places where your bones meet. Typically, a healthy joint is surrounded by a thick rubbery coating known as cartilage that helps in cushioning the bones in case of a fall.
Nature has created your body in such a way that there’s plenty of free space around each of your joints (elbows, knees, etc.) so that your bones can move easily. However, this movement gets restricted due to the reduction of the space between your bones as a result of inflammation. This is when you experience what is commonly known as joint pain. The movement hurts because your bones end up pushing against your tissues instead of moving freely.
Common Joint Problems That Can Affect You
Chronic inflammation is bad for your joint health and leads to the development of health problems that generally end with the suffix ‘itis’, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and the like. Each of them can be extremely painful and can hinder your movements to a great extent.
One of the most painful conditions that affect your joints as you age is osteoarthritis (1). This condition is caused by the breakdown of the cartilages that protect your joints from injuries. As a result, your bones rub against each other, causing excruciating pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Another such condition that can render you unable to move your joints properly is rheumatoid arthritis (2). This condition is caused when the immune system of your body attacks the cartilages that envelope your joints. It consequently leads to the swelling of the tissues around your joints, which can reduce the space between them and thereby cause pain during movement. With time, this condition can also destroy the cartilage around your joints.
To keep your joints healthy for as long as you are alive, it’s critical that you use the right protective gears whenever you indulge in sports of any kind. You should also try to incorporate techniques into your daily schedule that can help reduce the risk of an injury to a great extent. Eating the right foods can also help. Another thing you can do is avoid potentially damaging lectins in your diet that are responsible for causing inflammation.
Which Lectins Can Harm Your Body On The Basis Of Your Blood Type?
Let us first tell you what lectins are. Lectins are basically proteins that are present in several food items. They chemically react with the antigens (molecules that surround your red blood cells) present in your blood and can be either harmful or beneficial for you, depending on your blood type as well as the type of lectins they are.
So, if lectins are behind the inflammation of your joints, correcting your diet can really help you (3). You will need to limit the intake of harmful lectins and increase the consumption of the beneficial ones to see the best results. However, diet is not the only thing that can help. Certain exercises can be great too. Let’s take a look at them.
Blood Type Based Exercises To Keep Your Joints Healthy
1. Exercises For Type A Blood
If your blood group is A, you should turn your attention to exercises that can relax your body such as tai chi, yoga or light aerobics. Even taking a walk daily can help.
2. Exercises For Type O Blood
Cardiovascular exercises that work your musculoskeletal systems are great for you if your blood type is O. On the other hand, exercises that will not be so beneficial for you include gentle and light exercises, such as tai chi or yoga. However, if you have arthritis or any other form of chronic joint pain, just about any exercise can do wonders for you, even if it’s meant for another blood group. All you need to do is maintain regularity.
3. Exercises For Types B And AB Blood
If your blood type is B or AB, you need to focus on exercises that help in stress management as well as improve your overall fitness levels. You can try out light aerobic exercises that help in calming your mind, body, and soul.
If you are new to exercising, it might be a good idea to take baby steps at first. Start with easy exercises and lesser reps (or duration, depending on the exercise) and increase them as you progress. Get into the rhythm of exercising regularly. Gradually, your time, reps, as well as your endurance will increase, bringing about a significant improvement in the condition of your joints. On the plus side, you will gain strength and flexibility as well.
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