Disclaimer: I was provided complimentary product by Puritan's Pride for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
It's officially crunch time.
No seriously, my first 5K is in less than a month so I'm scrambling to make sure that my body is as ready as it can be to cross the finish line. Granted I have no grandiose dreams of doing a mad dash at the end, I just want to finish. I also want to be kind to my body. I've been having issues with my knees sounding like that famous breakfast cereal. When I went to the doctor for my annual physical she didn't think it was something for me to be worried about yet because I don't experience any real pain. Just a lot of noise. However, as I begin this journey as a runner, I want to be mindful of my joint health and feet. I was excited to try out some of Puritan's Pride Joint Health products to help with my needs. I did some research on Triple Strength Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM Joint Soother®, MSM cream, and Boswellia Standardized Extract.
For the past month I've been taking Triple Strength Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM Joint Soother® twice a day with breakfast and dinner, and using the MSM cream on my feet. Glucosamine helps with flexibility, connective tissue in and around the joints and cartilage to support joint comfort. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a popular dietary supplement that has been formulated into a nutrient-enriched, moisturizing cream. I've noticed the biggest difference in my feet with the MSM cream. I suffer from plantar fasciitis and have noticed that my feet don't hurt as much after working out or doing a lot of walking. The smell is a bit strong so I'm not sure I'd use it on other parts of my body, although you can if you want to. I'm still waiting to see how well the Joint Soother works. I think it's because I haven't really pushed myself with running. We are still in a polar vortex so I've been focusing on exercising and easing myself on a treadmill. I think once I really get going I will notice more of a difference. If that doesn't work I will give the Boswellia a try to see if that provides a noticeable difference.
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