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Soothing Summer Muscles

Don’t let soreness, strains and pain get in the way of your adventures! Support healthy muscles and joints with homeopathic, herbal and lifestyle recommendations for an active summer. Dr. Tiffany Binder is a Naturopathic Physician with expertise in nutrition and supplements.

Arnica is a great tool for your first aid kit:
  • Arnica is a flowering plant with therapeutic benefits.
  • It is most often found in homeopathic medicines and can be taken orally in pellets under the tongue, or used topically in gels, creams, and lotions.
  • Arnica is helpful for muscle soreness, sprains, strains, bruises and other sports injuries.
Glucosamine and chondroitin formulas address joint pain by supplementing and supporting components naturally found in healthy cartilage.
  • Chondroitin Sulfate is actually a constituent of cartilage, while glucosamine is a building block of cartilage.
  • MSM ((Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that supports healthy joint function.
  • Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM are often taken in combination formulas.
Certain herbs are being studied more and more for their beneficial effects on inflammation in the body:
  • Ginger, turmeric, holy basil, green tea, and rosemary all promote a healthy inflammation response.
  • The benefits from these herbs are found when the herbs are taken in therapeutic doses.
Follow these guidelines for a healthy and active summer:
  • Increase water intake.
  • Eat fresh whole foods and limit processed snacks, fast food, sugar and trans fats.
  • Stretch daily (before and after workouts).
  • Take a multi-vitamin and EFAs for optimal joint and tissue health.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Remember the advantages of walking – it doesn’t have to be an hour of intense activity to see health benefits.

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Jane says …

I didn't know that whole foods has a blog!! How cool is this? Anyway, thanks for your great insight on helping my muscles. I think the hardest issue I have is stretching before and after workouts. That is really, really hard to do!

Megan says …

@Marie Arnica is a natural plant. Depending on the arnica-based product, there might be other ingredients as well - such as the lactose base in Hyland's Arnica tablets. The packaging should contain all ingredient information. I hope that helps!

Marie Halpin says …

Is witch hazel an ingredient in Arnica?

Gary says …

I'm trying to find a substitute for Vital Therapy's Pain Relieving Cream. It workswonderfully for me. It's expensive, in opinion, at $30/little tube. I found it on an infomercial several years ago. It's claim to fame is replacing electrons in overexerted muscle tissue with electrons from copper. It contains copper sulfate to supply the copper. Do you have anything similar? If so, how much is the price?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@GARY - Our products and pricing varies between store locations. I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see what they would recommend and how much. You can speak to a team member in Whole Body.

Diana says …

My Physician recommended I take a glucosamine Chondroitin supplement that I can get thru your store. I do not live where we have Whole Foods. She told me but I did not write the brand down. It starts with S. She says this one makes a difference unlike the ones you buy at CVS. do you know which none she is talking about?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DIANA - We have a store based in Austin that can ship non-perishable items. You can call the Concierge at 512-542-2243 and they can get you in touch with Whole Body to figure out the right supplement and ship it to you!

martin carroll jr says …

just looking for brands and deals on glucosamine and chondroitin formulas...

Ricardo M. Alba says …

How can I purchase Chondroitin sulfate, without glucosamine?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RICARDO - I would suggest reaching out to your local store to speak with someone in Whole Body to see if this is something they have in stock or can special order for you.