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Taking the Pain Out of Arthritis

Hand on a shoulder Arthritis should never be taken lightly. Many of us might simply brush away this as a disease that afflicts us in our later years. It is something inevitable and people must live with it. But arthritis like any other disease is preventable. It could be prevented by eating healthy or exercising regularly. And there are natural ways of managing the symptoms of arthritis.

Omega 3 and Arthritis

Omega 3 is a potent anti-inflammatory that is effective in managing the symptoms of arthritis. One of the body's first immunologic responses is inflammation which blocks the supply of nutrients in affected joints. The inflammation also increases the pressure in the area causing pain. Omega 3 restores the flow of blood and nutrients in the joints. It also relieves the pressure reducing pain.

Here are six of nature's remedies that can replace or enhance the capabilities conventional medications for a pain-free physicality.

  1. Fish or Calamari Oil: Packed with the amazing wonders of Omega-3, fish and calamari oil which are its natural sources are best included in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. As reported by ScienceDaily from a study conducted by a biochemist in University of Michigan, Omega-3 can significantly reduce the production and potency of various prostaglandins that triggers inflammation.
  2. Aquamin: This red seaweed is another wonder with its inflammation-fighting abilities, thus there are plenty of joint supplements based on it that appears in the market today. It is rich in Calcium, magnesium among other 74 trace minerals that includes selenium, zinc, and iron.
  3. Vitamin D: People with deficiency to Vitamin D are most likely victims of chronic pain. If you are more likely to suffer from inflammation especially caused by joint pain, getting yourself an ample amount of the sunshine-vitamin from a daily morning walk can make miracles. Vitamin D also function in the metabolism of calcium for superior bone health.
  4. Chili Peppers: Love spicy food? Then you are also spicing up your health! Capsaicin from chili peppers is a natural remedy for pain and is rich with Vitamin E that is beneficial for the skin. Topical capsaicin is used to alleviate pain caused by muscle sprains, strains and rheumatoid arthritis. It is good for back pain, fibromyalgia, and headaches, but you have to be wary if you have skin irritation. Do not forget to wash your hands after application and do not touch your eyes and other sensitive areas of the skin after applying capsaicin.
  5. Pineapples: This delish tropical fruit is rich in enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is helpful in osteoarthritis by reducing inflammation and pain.
  6. Vitamin B2: Deficiency in riboflavin can cause mouth ulcers, sore throat, and iron deficiency anemia. It is richly found in liver, dried herbs, peppers, spices, soybeans, and fish. In a study, riboflavin has found with promise in reducing the frequency of migraines.

Things to consider when using Omega 3 for managing Arthritis

Although treatment with Omega 3 is quite effective, long term benefits could take six months.

Take Omega 3 supplements with meals to improve absorption and avoid stomach problems.

Those experiencing nausea or indigestion should try freezing Omega 3 supplements or search of enteric coated capsules.

Omega 6 and Omega 9 are entirely different from Omega 3. These nutrients are well represented in a Western diet and taking supplements is not recommended. Instead, these nutrients promote inflammation.

Reduce intake of red meat and fried foods as these contain arachidonic acid that promotes pain. Caffeine containing drinks and foods rich in Trans-fatty acids should also be decreased.

Other things to include in your diet are magnesium, zinc and Vitamin B6.

Combine Omega 3 treatments with other anti-inflammatory drugs to help boost its effectiveness.

The most effective arthritis treatments could only go as far when partnered with a healthy lifestyle. To enjoy long term relief from arthritis, people should consider long lasting lifestyle changes. The aim of any arthritis treatment is not only to manage the symptoms of the disease but preventing this from occurring.

People suffering from arthritis are encouraged to eat a healthy diet and refrain from foods rich in Trans-fatty acids or fried foods. Stress reduction and a regular sleep schedule prevent further aggravation of the condition.

If you're planning to take Omega 3 supplements be sure to check in with your doctor. Although dietary supplements are readily available without a prescription, consulting with your doctor ensures that your path towards arthritis treatment remains safe and effective.

Fight the Flu and Load Up on Vitamin C

 

oranges vitamin c pills and orange juice Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, hacking, the sounds of cold and flu season are upon us.  If you are one of those people that start chugging O.J. as soon as you hear these familiar sounds, then you are already ahead of the cold and flu fighting game.  While vitamin C cannot prevent a cold, it can shorten the length of time you battle a cold or lessen the severity of your cold. While people typically turn to oranges and their juice to get their daily dose of vitamin C, the 69.7 mg of vitamin C in a medium size orange is actually less than many other common fruits and veggies. If you are looking for an alternative to get your daily dose of vitamin C and help curb the symptoms of the cold and flu season, check out these other options. Chili peppers : Just a half cup of chopped chili peppers or diced chili peppers have 107.8 mg of vitamin C. Plus capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers hot can also help to relieve joint and muscle pain. Red bell peppers : At 190 mg, a cup of chopped red peppers contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange.  They are also a great source of vitamin A, promoting healthy eyes. Green bell peppers : Even though it isn't as power packed as its red sister, a cup of chopped green peppers contains 120 mg of vitamin C. It's also a great source of fiber. Kale : A one cup serving of kale provides 80.4 mg of vitamin C, along with twice your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and seven times the recommended amount of vitamin K.  Kale also provides numerous minerals and fatty acids. Broccoli : In just one serving, broccoli provides 132 mg of vitamin C, filling fiber and only 30 calories.  Studies have shown that broccoli also has cancer-preventing properties. Strawberries : One cup of this super fruit provides 84.7 mg of vitamin C, plus folate and other compounds that promote heart health.  Strawberries also help to whiten your teeth naturally. Cauliflower : Cauliflower gives you 127.7 mg of vitamin C, plus 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Pineapple : Along with 78.0 mg of vitamin C, pineapple also contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that breaks down food and helps to reduce bloating.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Heart framing on woman chest with pink badge to support breast c This month we look at some common issues that surround the talks about breast cancer : including the risks, prevention, signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

Cancer is the most feared disease in the world and the worst feared word in the English language, and rightfully so.  Every day we hear stories of cancer : both of people who have lost their battle, people who are battling or people who have survived. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and because it is one of the most common cancers in the United States we offer these facts, symptoms, signs, possible causes and ways that you can decrease your risk of having breast cancer. BREAST CANCER FACTS:

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that more than 220,00 women in the United States will be

diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die BREAST CANCER SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • A lump in the breast or thickening that feels different than regular tissue.
  • Discharge from the nipple.
  • Change in size or shape of your breast.
  • Changes to the skin of the breast, including dimpling.
  • Redness of the skin of the breast.

CAUSES: While there is no clear answer to what causes breast cancer, researchers have identified things that can increase your risk of breast cancer. RISKS:

  • Being female.
  • Increasing age.
  • A personal history of breast cancer.
  • A family history of breast cancer.
  • Inherited genes that cause breast cancer.
  • Radiation exposure.
  • Obesity.
  • Beginning your period at a young age.
  • Beginning menopause at an older age.
  • Drinking alcohol.
  • Having children later in life or not at all.

PREVENTION:

  • Talk to your doctor about breast cancer screening.
  • Conduct breast self-exams.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Exercise.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Limit your use of postmenopausal hormone therapy.

Osteoporosis Warning Signs: Ways you can tell if you are on your way to this dreaded disease

Osteoporosis is one of the most common ailments of adults over the age of 50 and it is definitely a problem that people do not want to live with.  Weak bones lead to fractures and many other scary problems that could leave you disabled.

Before turning into full-blown osteoporosis, osteopenia : the process of thinning bones - precedes the ailment.  There are some warning signs to look for to determine if your bones are in fact thinning.

Here are some warning signs for osteoporosis:

  • Warning Sign #1 - You've had more than one fracture in the past two years or a fracture that seemed pretty severe considering the circumstances.
  • Warning Sign #2 : You are naturally a small or thin person.
  • Warning Sign #3 : You have an autoimmune condition that causes you to take prednisone or another corticosteroid.
  • Warning Sign #4 : You are a smoker and have been throughout your adult life.
  • Warning Sign #5 : You drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day.
  • Warning Sign #6 : You do not drink milk or you have a lactose intolerance that prevents you from drinking milk.
  • Warning Sign #7 : You have an eating disorder.
  • Warning Sign #8 : You are an Asian or Caucasian female over the age of 50.
  • Warning Sign #9 : You have a family member who had osteoporosis before the age of 50 or before menopause.

So, what can you do to prevent your bones from thinning? Look over the warning signs and risks to determine how high of a risk you are to have osteoporosis.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • If you smoke, quit!
  • Curb the number of alcoholic drinks that you consume and drink only socially.
  • Compile a family history and be aware of the medical conditions of your first and second degree relatives.
  • Be sure to take a supplement with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.
  • Eat a diet high in dairy and other calcium-rich foods.
  • Have a bone density test done, also called a DXA scan or densitometry, which uses a special X-ray to measure the amount of calcium and bone-hardening materials in the bone segments.  Doctors rely on the bone density tests to tell a lot about a person's bones.  The test can tell whether your bones are porous, which make them fragile, or if they are dense and solid.

If you are concerned about your risk factors and how many warning signs that you said “yes” to, it is always best to consult your physician.  They can conduct the proper testing to determine your risk factor and also prescribe bone-strengthening hormones to help build up your bone strength, thereby lessening your risk of having osteoporosis.