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The Good Life Letter 

18th March 2018

I get more emails asking about ways to deal with joint pain than almost any other topic, especially when the temperature drops and our bodies go into shock.

Aching and stiff joints afflict many of us as we age and I am a martyr to the sporting indiscretions of my youth and carry my arthritic scars as a badge of honour... although it doesn’t stop me moaning about it!

I have tried so many natural remedies to help relieve the pain in my knees and ankles that I must be some kind of world authority.

The truth is that there are lots of things that help and that is why I often cover these products in the newsletter and try to explain how they work and what they do best.

It might seem at times that I am no sooner mentioning one way to ease the aches than I am banging on about something else.

In my experience there is no perfect product on its own and I have a stable of products that I use when the need arises.

But there is one product which I use every day without fail, irrespective of the weather or my own level of comfort.
It is a supplement which I take as a few drops in a glass of water first thing in the morning and know is doing its job as the day progresses.

You may be wondering what this magical potion is – well it is based upon silicon with added essential minerals that are proven to help many conditions involving joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. This formulation has been finding favour in many circles of orthopaedic specialism’s where results have exceeded those of more expensive and invasive treatment options.

In this daily habit I am not alone as I know of three people who have suffered the daily agony of rheumatoid arthritis who now swear by the restorative and pain-relieving effects of liquid silicon supplements – and they too have tried many other remedies before settling on this.

If you want to know more about silicon and the body click here

Why this needs to be taken seriously

Increasingly scientists are beginning to understand how poor nutrition and declining levels of activity are destroying our bodies from the inside.

Scary thought isn’t it, but failing bone health will result in over 200,000 hospitalisations this year in the UK alone.

Low bone mass is termed as osteoporosis (or osteopenia in its early stages when the levels of mineral are decreased but the structure of the bone is yet to be affected) and is being dubbed the silent epidemic of the 21st century.

Understanding the factors which affect bone metabolism is thus of primary importance in order to establish preventative measures or treatments for this condition. Nutrition is an important determinant of bone health, but the effects of the individual nutrients and minerals, other than calcium, is little understood.

Mention osteoporosis to your GP, health nurse, pharmacist or type it into Google and you will be showered with information about calcium supplementation and maybe at a push someone will mention magnesium – which is also vital (more to come in a later letter dear reader).

It seems like the only answer to this debilitating and even life threatening condition is to force more calcium into your diet, but new thinking is beginning to suggest that this is way too simplistic.

Another more important mineral is starting to look like the key to this condition…

…the key is actually silica or to be more exact the mineral silicon from which it derives.

Sand is composed largely of silica, an oxidised form of silicon and it is this which scientists have been getting excited about over the past few years.

Rapidly accumulating evidence over the last 10 years strongly suggests that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue health, and although no-one is entirely sure how it acts, major studies in the UK and US have shown huge benefits from supplementation.

So, am I about to suggest that you should be making lunch from sand? A real ‘sand’wich if you will! (Sorry, could never resist a truly awful pun!)

Well no, because that’s not what your body needs and it would also cause your teeth to wear away which is not a desirable outcome.

Here’s how you can get bio-available silicon naturally

Silicon, Silica, Silicates and definitely not Silicone

Silicon is the second most abundant element on earth (after oxygen for which it has a huge affinity) so it’s not hard to come by in one form or another.

The problem is that some forms are not available to us for use in our bodies.

Leaving aside the whole issue of creating artificially pneumatic women using silicone implants and the well documented health risks of poor quality materials… if you want to get the benefits of silicon you need to choose your source wisely.

We encounter silicon in plant derived foods such as flour, oatmeal and even beer (hurrah!) but there is little in meat or dairy products, so a good balanced diet is a start.

The problem is that not much of the mineral is available to us when we need it and the body has very poor reserves stored.

Under trial conditions it has been found that silicon in the form of silicic acid is readily available to the body – it has even been officially recognised by the European Food Standards Agency.

Silicon has a surprising number of health benefits including:

  • Preventing hair loss; a diet rich in silicon encourages the growth of thick and healthy hair. It also increases the lustre and shine of hair.

  • Promotes healthy bone and ligaments; silicon plays a vital role in assisting calcium for the growth and maintenance of joints and bones. It induces flexibility in the bones by increasing the amount of collagen, which is the protein component of bones.

  • Maintains healthy skin and prevents brittle nails; silicon helps in improving the quality of nails and protecting them against several nail infections, in addition it prevents the skin from becoming flabby and restores the natural glow of the skin and actually improves healing when skin is damaged.

  • Protects the cardiovascular system; silicon has been found to prevent the formation of damaging plaques and helps prevent atherosclerotic damage to the heart and major blood vessels.

Still think sand is overrated? Read more about silicon here

So, getting a daily tonic of stable, bioavailable silicic acid is a good idea especially if it also contains a combination of essential elements including boron, sulphur, selenium, zinc, calcium and magnesium.

Yours, as always




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