Easing Back Discomfort Naturally

Back pain can be burdensome, especially when it gets in the way of the active, healthy lifestyle you desire. Many people become resigned to back pain as they get older, as though it’s an inevitable fact of life—but thankfully it doesn’t have to be.

Contrary to what you may have heard before, back discomfort is not a life sentence. With the right lifestyle choices, along with guidance from your healthcare provider, you can strengthen and support your spinal bones and joints to promote comfort, relief, and restoration.[1]

Fortunately, there are several ways that you may be able to reduce discomfort and stiffness in your back by making some key lifestyle changes and including some science-backed supplements in your daily routine.

In this article, you will learn:

  • Some of the most common causes of back pain,
  • Some strategies that may help ease discomfort and stiffness in the back,
  • And the science behind the ingredients in Juvenon’s NuvoFlex and Reprieve that make them ideal, non-drug additions to your routine to help relieve back pain and stiffness.

Causes of back discomfort

Your spine is composed of 33 stacked vertebrae, or small bones. These bones interlock with one another, which is what allows your spine to bend forward, backward, side to side, and any direction between. Additionally, between each vertebrae is a disc—composed of cartilage, collagen, and fluid.[2]

These discs play several different roles—the chief of which are providing cushioning, shock absorption, and increased flexibility.[2]

However, these discs naturally degenerate as you age and as blood flow to the area slowly decreases. This natural degeneration can cause discomfort and stiffness, and back discomfort may be hastened by some other factors as well. These include:

  • Bone weakness. Weak, brittle bones are more likely to compress on top of one another, causing the characteristic “widow’s hump” that may be present in elderly women. It can also occasionally lead to low back pain as the compression of the vertebrae contribute to a faster rate of disc degeneration. [3]
  • Poor posture. Over time, poor posture can contribute to back pain—especially now that most people spend much of their time sitting. Try to avoid slumping over in your chair, causing your spine to round. Additionally, make sure to lift objects safely, bending at your knees and using your legs to help you lift, rather than bending at the waist and using your back. [4]
  • Sedentary lifestyle. Another contributor is a sedentary lifestyle. Being inactive can lead to poor bone density as well as low muscle tone, both of which make it easier to injure your back.[4]
  • Obesity. Carrying excess weight puts more pressure on your spine, which can cause faster degeneration of your discs and increase your risk of spine discomfort.[5]

So, while aging does cause the typical “wear and tear” damage that contributes to some level of back discomfort, the problem can be intensified by factors like bone weakness, poor posture, obesity, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.

Strategies to help ease back pain

Fortunately, back pain can be managed or lessened through some targeted lifestyle changes. These strategies may help decrease your need for medications to manage your aches and discomfort—which carry with them the potential for serious side effects.

Practice good posture

Some people with back pain may have compensatory behaviors like sitting slumped or changing the way they walk to help avoid discomfort. However, experts say that these compensatory actions can actually compound the problem. It’s important to practice good posture by sitting up straight, avoiding slumping or bending your spine to one side or the other, and maintaining a normal gait.[1]

Exercise regularly

Exercise is important to help reduce discomfort for several reasons. For the back in particular, exercise helps to strengthen the core muscles that stabilize your spine, and it also helps to promote bone density.

Experts recommend 150-300 minutes of cardiovascular activity (that gets your heart rate up) each week, along with two full-body resistance workouts to promote muscle growth.[6]

Eat a healthy, balanced, antioxidant-rich diet

Joint discomfort can also be a result of oxidative damage to your cells, caused by an imbalance of free radical compounds. However, antioxidants—found in plant foods like fruits and vegetables—can neutralize these harmful free radicals and help to protect your cells from further damage.[2]

Aim to include several servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet each day, of a variety of colors. Eating several different colors ensures that you’re getting an abundance of different types of antioxidants.

Manage stress

Mental stress can also play a huge role in increased discomfort. Stress isn’t “just in your head”—it affects your whole body in several different ways. It can actually ramp up the production of harmful free radicals, along with affecting your sleep and diet choices.[1]

Find healthy ways to manage your stress, like slowing down in your daily life, practicing yoga, prayer or meditation, and spending more time in nature.

Supplement smartly

In addition to these lifestyle changes, supplements can play a key role in non-drug management of back discomfort and stiffness. Two supplements you may be particularly interested in are Juvenon’s Nuvoflex and Reprieve formulations—which are specifically designed to address discomfort and stiffness of the joints and connective tissues, including those surrounding and supporting the spine.

Juvenon’s NuvoFlex

Juvenon’s NuvoFlex is designed to support the joints in several ways. It contains a combination of ingredients that help repair damaged cartilage, promote healthy cartilage formation, and relieve discomfort.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, a powerful antioxidant, and a natural collagen booster. It’s vital for collagen synthesis. Collagen helps to maintain healthy, flexible, and cushioned joints.

Vitamin C also provides some antioxidant effects to help scavenge free radicals and prevent them from causing damage to the collagen matrix that forms the discs in the spine.[7]

FruiteX-B

FruiteX-B calcium fructoborate is a food based source of the element boron, which has been used as an effective supplement for joint comfort and support for decades. Researchers have noted that the bones of people who received boron supplements were much firmer and harder to cut than bones of people who didn’t receive boron supplements.[8]

Likewise, boron promotes the repair and regeneration of cartilage, which can help to support your back against degeneration.[9]

Pro-Collagen Complex

The Pro-Collagen Complex is a combination of the powerful, natural ingredients amla extract, icariside II, and natural silicon from bamboo.

Amla fruit extract helps to prevent collagen damage from free radicals by neutralizing them with the potent antioxidants it contains.[10]

Icariside II from the Chinese herb epimedium may help to prevent collagen degradation and promote collagen synthesis to maximize joint comfort.[11]

Natural silicon may also help to promote collagen synthesis as well. Together, these three compounds support healthy collagen production by ramping up collagen synthesis as well as preventing damage to existing collagen in your body.[12]

Juvenon’s Reprieve

Reprieve complements NuvoFlex by targeting the underlying cause of many cases of joint ache and stiffness: a biochemical process in the body that leads to swelling, tenderness, and cell damage.

While NuvoFlex focuses on supporting collagen production to create and maintain healthy joints, Reprieve targets the causes of discomfort at the cellular level to help you feel more comfortable and at ease.

Boron

Like NuvoFlex, Reprieve contains high quality, food-based boron to help support the joints and strengthen the bones.

Corydalis yanhusuo root

This prized Chinese root has a long history of use with the management of aches, pains, and discomfort. It’s a completely natural option to promote joint comfort without drowsiness and without being habit forming.[13]

Milk thistle extract

Milk thistle contains a class of potent bioactives collectively called silymarin. These compounds provide fast, efficient joint relief thanks to their antioxidant and homeostatic (balance-promoting) properties. [14]

Angelica dahurica root

Angelica dahurica is a flowering plant native to Asia that possesses many health-promoting benefits. Research indicates that the extract of A. dahurica roots may help promote healing and recovery by stimulating the creation of new cells and tissues. [15]

Boswellia serrata extract

Boswellia serrata, more commonly known as frankincense, is a tree that’s commonly found in India. It has many uses in traditional Indian medicine and has a long history of use as an Ayurvedic remedy for joint discomfort.

Researchers have found that supplementing with B. serrata extract helped balance biochemical blood levels linked to knee discomfort—and that it was extremely safe and effective for people suffering with discomfort and stiffness of the joints. [16]

Together in Reprieve, these ingredients support your joints, relieve discomfort, and target the root causes of your aches.

Why Reprieve and NuvoFlex?

These two supplements together offer an effective natural solution for nagging back aches. While NuvoFlex supports and protects your body’s innate collagen synthesis system, Reprieve goes to work neutralizing the harmful compounds and biochemical imbalances at the root of your discomfort.

Best of all, they’re safe and non-habit forming—making them a welcome alternative to prescription medications. It’s also perfectly fine to take them together, thanks to the food-based, natural, and safe ingredients they’re made with.

Takeaway

Back discomfort can have a variety of contributing factors, but fortunately there are a few natural ways to find relief. These include regular physical activity, good posture, an antioxidant-rich diet, and managing your stress levels. Supplements designed to target the key causes of joint pain—cartilage breakdown and unchecked inflammation—may be of use as well.

Two supplements to consider are Juvenon’s Nuvoflex and Reprieve. They are made with proven, safe, and natural ingredients that can help repair cartilage and promote back comfort.

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