Elderly Parents Fall Like Crazy (5 Odd Solutions – Part 3)Posted: November 25, 2012
Written by Will Blesch, Copyright 2012
We’re continuing with a mini-series on reducing muscle weakness and increasing physical strength in elderly parents and the senior citizen population. Many of these remedies and strategies also apply to younger people as well, so if you are not yet a senior citizen, don’t let that stop you from reading on.
Last time we went over vitamins and minerals, basically foods that are essential for efficient muscular function.
We talked specifically about B and E vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and manganese.
For more on these nutrients, check out the blog posting just before this one.
Today, we’re going to talk about the herbal remedies for muscle weakness that are out there. As we have mentioned more than once in this series, the CDC notes that, “Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.” Thus, there is good reason to be concerned with ensuring that if you are over the age of 65, you work hard to maintain muscle strength.
Now, what about herbal remedies for muscle weakness?
The first thing to note right off the bat is that if they are natural and herbal…that means they are not chemicals designed in a lab somewhere. These things were made to be consumed by you. Every single one of these foods can be eaten every day, every week, all year long.
What’s first on the list?
Carrot juice! Yum! Carrot juice helps improve your blood’s circulation. Because of that, it helps reduce stiffness and muscle weakness caused by poor circulation.
An essential amino acid that many associate with helping to prevent oral herpes outbreaks called L-Lysine also works to build stronger bones, cartilage and connective tissue. This, by itself helps to fight fatigue as well as muscle weakness…and you can find this amino acid easily in the vitamin section at many supermarkets. Horsetail is an herb that helps your muscles to contract normally and efficiently. It does this due to its high levels of silica. Horsetail tea drunk around three times a day is a great method of getting the right levels of silica into your system.
Hawthorn berries help to increase blood flow from your heart to your muscles. They also help your heart’s muscle contractions.
Each of these taken on a daily basis can help reduce muscle weakness and increase muscle strength. They don’t have side effects and they’re readily available. You should choose to make each of these a part of your diet!
Next time, we’ll talk about physical therapy and drugs on the market that may or may not really help to reduce muscle weakness.
Until then! Peace.