Reasons Why your Joints Hurt in Winter
- Changes in the weather can easily give some people aches and pains
- Remaining immobile for a long time can cause stiffness in the body
- Your diet is a big game changer when it comes to your health
- What is causing your joint pain?
Changes in the weather can easily give some people aches and pains. During the falling temperatures of winter, joints tend to hurt more than they do usually. So if you are someone who experiences joint pains, then read on. Here are some of the reasons why your joints might be hurting in the cold weather.
Dropped Air Pressure
Air pressure drops in cold weather which can cause gas and liquid molecules to expand, even the ones situated in your joints. When this occurs, these molecules put pressure on the nerves, causing pain. Moreover, when the air pressure drops, the scar tissues of the injured areas also expand which lead to joint pain.
Lack of Physical Exercise
In winters, we like to laze around and be under that quilt all day long. Remaining like that gives you warmth and comfort. But that is actually not helping you at all; in fact, it is what is making your joints hurt more in the cold weather. Remaining immobile for a long time can cause stiffness in the body, thereby making the joints stiff and painful.
Low Vitamin D Levels
In winters, we hardly get any sun and when we do, we instead choose to curl up under our quilts. Sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D – extremely important for healthy joints and bones. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium which is important for healthy bones. So get a little sunshine for those joints and bones.
We might have heard a lot of people around you that they are feeling depressed during the winters. You would feel that too. The reason is a lack of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is not only associated with calcium, but it also has other benefits as well. Stabilizing the mood is another one. Not that this leads to joint pain, but being less depressed will only make you whine less about the pain.
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Low Blood Circulation
One of the reasons why your joints pain during winters is because the blood circulation is low to the peripheral area of the body during wintersas all the blood is conserved around the heart. This leads to the stiffness of the joints and makes them ache.
Your diet is a big game changer when it comes to your health. It can affect your joints as well. It is advisable to add nutrients such as glucosamine and chondroitin, these will help support the joints and ease the pain.
If you have been facing joint problems in winters then these could be the reason, but if the pain is extreme you must consult a doctor to get a proper diagnosis. It could be a more serious problem such as lupus, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 04, 2019
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