I am falling apart, it’s official.

Bad knees run in the family, which is ironic as I’m now not allowed to run.

My last MRI scan showed that my kneecaps are slowly deteriorating and I have arthritis. It’s not a bad case, and the majority of the time doesn’t bother me. Last year’s attempt at regular running was the cause of my recent flare up. I was waking up in pain in the middle of the night, which led me back to the knee specialist.

Stop running

“Stop running” he said. “With pleasure”, said I. I never enjoyed it, not once.

So as mentioned before, I have to find alternative ways to look after myself, by being more conscious of calories in, gentle sessions on the static bike and strengthening my legs, with exercises from the physiotherapist.

Friends are full of advice at times like this. Most suggest swimming for exercise, cutting out sugar for weight loss and cod liver oil for wellbeing.

Let’s look at these one by one:

Swimming

Smelly changing rooms; sharing lanes with people swimming at a different speeds; the threat of verrucas; wading through other people’s hair and bodily fluids. Plus the fact that my technique is so poor, that my shoulders and knees click with every stroke.

Think I’ll take a rain check.

Sugar

Since eating ALL the biscuits over the festive period, I haven’t felt the need to snack on sweet food. Any extra weight I’m carrying just puts more pressure on my knees, so I’m trying not to eat between meals at all.

The Daily Mail would have us believe that sugar is the devil’s produce. But does fructose count? I need fruit – and am quite partial to the fermented variety.

Cod Liver Oil

A week after my MRI scan, an invitation popped into my inbox asking if I’d like to take a trial of Seven Seas Simply Timeless Cod Liver Oil and write about my experiences.

There’s a big flashing neon sign from the Universe right there.

I’ve looked into the potential benefits and am struggling to see a downside with this one. 

Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil contains vitamin D to support normal bones, lubricating my creaky knees, and is a rich source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain normal vision and brain function.

I only need to take one easy to swallow 250mg capsule per day for all of these benefits. I have no excuse not to build that into my morning routine.

My little red bottle of goodness arrived this morning. To celebrate my new regime I made myself a green smoothie. This one contained spinach, celery, fresh mint, ginger, pear and apple juice.

Bad knees run in our family. This is ironic as I've been told to stop running. I hope this trial of Seven Seas cod liver oil will lubricate my aching bones.

Just shove it all in a blender and drink. It’s fresh, fruity and filling. It also makes me feel hugely smug that I’ve started my day healthily.

I took my first Cod Liver Oil capsule with this (just one – not the whole pile):

Bad knees run in our family. This is ironic as I've been told to stop running. I hope this trial of Seven Seas cod liver oil will lubricate my aching bones.

Arthritis Research UK endorses the regular intake of Cod Liver Oil to help with the pain and inflammation of established arthritis. In clinical trials of arthritis patients awaiting knee replacement surgery, 86% of patients who took 2000 mg of Cod Liver Oil capsules daily, had a marked reduction in the level of enzymes that cause cartilage damage and joint pain.

Bad knees run in our family. This is ironic as I've been told to stop running. I hope this trial of Seven Seas cod liver oil will lubricate my aching bones.

All the signs would suggest that I’m not getting any younger. Seven Seas has a new campaign for 2017, to sit alongside their new Simply Timeless look. #TRUEAGE provides inspiration to live the age you feel, rather than your biological age. Find out more at https://trueage.seven-seas.com/

If you want to join me, you can buy Seven Seas from pretty much any supermarket, or from Superdrug (£9.25 for 120 capsules) or Boots (currently £7.16 for 120 capsules).

Let me know how you get on using the hashtag #TRUEAGE.

Much love, Vx

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Bad knees run in our family. This is ironic as I've been told to stop running. I hope this trial of Seven Seas cod liver oil will lubricate my aching bones.