As young adults, we have 60-70,000 nerves controlling leg movement from the lumbar spine.
By our 70’s, we’ve lost around 30-60% of those nerves
Muscles need to receive a proper signal from the nervous system to tell them to contract, allowing us to move around
Nerve loss is primary cause of muscle wasting as we age
EXERCISE IS CRITICAL!
Can you regenerate nerves and muscles in your legs? YES — MOVE & EXERCISE!
Healthy muscles have surviving nerves that can send new branches to rescue muscles and stop them wasting away. Movement also oxygenates cells, flexes the protective and flexible fascia, and moves cellular debris out into nearby lymph nodes for expulsion.
SPRING INTO SHAPE!
Have you noticed that during winter, when you are likely not as active as during summer, your leg muscles shrink? In part it is because you have not been exercising your thousands of nerves in those legs. Now, as you get out and about during better weather, pay attention to your legs — how they start firming up gradually. They are twitching for activity!
USE A TOPICAL MAGNESIUM SPRAY!
Nerve health is critical to overall muscular-skeletal fitness. This is where the mineral Magnesium is vital. It is a Master Mineral that controls thousands of enzyme reactions in the body, including other minerals (especially calcium). It also is responsible for cellular energy,AND proper nerve functioning (especially for pain relief, muscle relaxing, etc.).
As a topical spray, Magnesium Chloride is absorbed by the body fully 100% within 20 minutes of application to a location or lymph node area. It would be invaluable, therefore, to administer the topical Magnesium to the legs, ankles, feet before exercising, and/or afterwards. This especially helps with leg cramps.
It is worth knowing the health cycle of ligaments and cartilage to understand that healing of ligaments, tendons and cartilage is a long slow process. Expectations for rapid healing should be replaced with a good long-term wellness restoration plan. Why?
The turnover time (or half-life) of ligaments and cartilage is about one to two years. This means that about half of the cartilage or ligaments is regenerated about every 300 to 700 days. This is a very, very slow rate, given that most of our body recreates itself cell-by-cell within 30-90 days! Furthermore, if optimal remodeling of an injured ligament or tendon does occur, recovery is only about 80% of original! Consequently, our healing expectations need to be realistic given how our body attempts to restore itself from injury or disease.
Pain and discomfort for most people are constant life companions. We obtain diseases or experience an injury. We age, overuse our body, don’t take care of our body. As a result, pain can interfere with daily life. It can be sharp and immediate, called acute pain, or more long-term, called chronic. In any case, pain demands us to manage it in some way so as to minimize its negative impact.
Ask yourself this question about pain: Do I take actions that control my pain or do some of my habits and routines actually increase my pain level?
Whether your pain is acute or chronic, there are surefire ways to increase your pain, thereby working absolutely contrary to the desired effect of reducing pain and increasing healing. This article takes a different approach to managing your pain. It offers ten tried-and-true ways to stay miserable with pain. Continue reading →
Many people complain of knee issues related to: swelling, osteoarthritis, cartilage degeneration, and even the inability to comfortably stand up from a sitting position. Excessive exercise, aging, prior injuries, and even excess weight and obesity contribute to knee discomfort.
The fact that almost two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese contributes to most knee issues. Solomon’s Seal may be a helpful intervention, as discussed below, but the best advice is to remove excessive weight that severely impacts the knees and ankles. Let’s briefly look at the impact of extra weight on the hips, knees and ankles. Continue reading →