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From a lack of sunshine to iron deficiency, experts reveal the common reasons - and how to become pain free
- Doctors advise diet rich in vitamins to make up for loss during exercise
- 15 to 20 minutes exposure to sunshine can boost Vitamin D levels
- Taking an ice bath can help to slow blood flow and reset hormone balance


What's causing your muscles to ache? How to become pain free?By LAUREN LABRIQUE PUBLISHED: 08:26, 27 July 2015 dailymail.co.uk

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Whether you’ve overdone it at the gym, been on a long run or just been standing all day, most people have experience stiff joints at one time or another.
But while muscle aches and pains are commonplace, if it is happening to you often or for no apparent reason, there could be an underlying cause.
Lauren Labrique from Healthista has been speaking to the experts to find out why it happens and exactly what can be done about it....

VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

What's causing your muscles to ache? How to become pain free?
Sun exposure for 15 to 20 minutes a day will up your levels of Vitamin D and reduce symptoms of deficiency


Studies have implicated vitamin D deficiency in nonspecific musculoskeletal pain and suggest that supplementation decreases pain in some people, says Dr Deyo Famuboni, a London GP and Healthista blogger.

‘Our bodies are made of cells, which have vitamin D receptors.’ she explains.

‘The receptors, found in muscles, can become hypersensitive in a deficient state and cause soreness.
'In bone, the lack of vitamin D affects how we absorb calcium which makes the bones softer and can become painful.
'The muscles are attached to these bones and as they aren’t well supported, can become weak and sore.’
‘Sun exposure on your arms and legs for 15-20 minutes a day will up your levels of Vitamin D and reduce symptoms of deficiency,’ reveals Dr. Famuboni.
There are also Vitamin D supplements available if it’s cloudy outside.

IRON DEFICIENCY

What's causing your muscles to ache? How to become pain free?Iron deficiency, often caused by heavy periods, can lead to muscle soreness. Foods like fish, nuts and eggs can boost levels

‘Women can sometimes get general weakness which they feel as aches due to iron deficiency from heavy periods,’ says Dr. Famuboni.
This common cause of muscle soreness can be eased with dietary sources of both iron and vitamin D, such as nuts, beans, and spinach for iron and fish, eggs, and mushrooms for vitamin D.
If you are concerned about these causes and symptoms, it’s worth having your levels checked, she says.

STRESS


What's causing your muscles to ache? How to become pain free?
Stress hormones causes muscles to tense for 'fight or flight' which will result in aches and pains if relaxation techniques aren't used


‘Another cause of sore muscles can be stress because when your body releases the stress hormones it causes your muscles to tense ready to fight or run,’ says Dr. Marilyn Glenville, women’s health expert.

‘But if you are under chronic stress then they can be tense all the time because they do not get the release of running or fighting,’ she explains.
Relaxation techniques and certain nutrients can help reduce stress. B vitamins, magnesium, theanine, and Siberian ginseng have all been know to help with relaxation.

What's causing your muscles to ache? How to become pain free?Underlying health conditions can also result in muscle soreness

Dr. Marilyn Glenville uses these and NHP’s Tranquil Woman Support supplement in her clinic.

UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS


‘Some more serious causes come from inflammatory joint and muscle problems such as polymyalgia rheumatic, arthritis, and mechanical joint problems,’ explains Dr. Famuboni.
‘Mechanical joint problems generally occur from chronic wear and tear. In the shoulders, this is often from heavy handbags; in the knees, back, and feet from inappropriate footwear’.
An underactive thyroid, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, viral illnesses and certain medications can also result in muscle soreness.
For all of these potential causes a professional opinion is recommended.

MUSCLE SPRAINS


Muscle sprains from accidental injury, intense exercise, or manual work often set in 1-2 days after the activity.
‘When we exercise and strain the muscles, microscopic tears are created which the body will then repair in order to build new muscle mass, says Kelly Du Buisson, trainer and Healthista blogger.
‘The more lean muscle the body has the more weight loss or definition. So these tiny tears create soreness and stiffness in the body, which is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS,’ she says.

This article originally appeared and has been reproduced with the permission of Healthista.com

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