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Taking the Pain Out of Arthritis

Written by Lisa Jillanza

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Lisa Jillanza

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.

How to Strengthen Your Immune System Against Colds Naturally

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Having a strong immune system is important in maintaining our physical well being. It protects you from all types of virus and bacteria that may cause infection and other health problems. Colds and flu are only two of the most common sickness that you can get if you have a weak immune system. It may sound ordinary, but it is quite common to find people suffering from colds and flu that don't seem to go away. Hence, before you experience major medical complications, it's wise to learn natural ways to keep your immune system healthy and well-balanced.

What should be included in your diet?

Eating the right food is the perfect answer to how you can strengthen your immune system. Although there's nothing wrong with sodas and fries, it's still advisable to minimize your consumption on such food and focus on the healthier ones. Green leafy veggies should be on top of your "what to eat" list. Be extra creative when cooking meals and learn different ways incorporate green leafy vegetables on your diet. It's advisable to consume at least one meal with such vegetables.

Don't forget dairy products, as well. Milk and yogurt are only dairy products you should consume. Yogurt does not only strengthen your immune system, but it also helps you regulate bowel movement. This means you will be keeping less toxic in your body if you will consume yogurt regularly. You should also eat enough fish or other protein-rich food to keep your body well-balanced.

Fruits can never be erased. This is the other option of those who don't want to eat vegetables, and if you're one of them, it's healthy to know that you should double or even triple your fruit intake. It also wise to eat it fresh or turned into shakes, as long as limit the glucose and other flavorings. Here's a list of the top vitamins that your immune system needs.

  • Vitamin C - this increases the production of bacteria and virus-fighting agents in your body. Papaya, guava, kiwi, orange, grapefruit, and strawberries are the best fruit sources of Vitamin C.
  • Zinc - zinc helps in the production of T-cells which also helps in fighting various types of virus. It also slows down cancer cell metastasis and tumor growth.
  • Beta carotene - beta carotene is also helpful in fighting cancer cells and balancing the immune system. It also erases the compounds that can cause aging.

Healthy habits

Living a healthy life means keeping in mind a good set of healthy habits. It may be challenging to follow all of it, but every small step can go a long way. Other healthy habits, on the other hand, sound too conventional that you may not consider it. But believe it or not, paying enough attention to such practices is a great way to spare you from cough, flu, and other health problems. Here's a shortlist of it.

  • Wash your hands, especially before and after eating
  • Consume enough water
  • Have enough sleep
  • Regular workout
  • Stay happy and stress-free
  • Give yourself a full-body massage

What should you avoid?

A right diet is not a license that you can already keep your bad practices. Aside from eating the right food and maintaining healthy habits, you should also know the things to avoid. This will balance all the changes you want to make. Aside from that, it will also spare you from diversified health problems.

I'm talking about unhealthy practices like, smoking, drinking, or doing drugs. All these three have negative effects to your overall health. It also weakens your immune system especially if you're doing it excessively. Drinking alcoholic liquids and smoking can be present in occasional parties, but having it a part of your daily life is a no-no. As for drugs, it's highly advisable to completely avoid it.

Extra facts you may not know

Apart from diet and habitual actions, there are more natural ways to strengthen your immune system. Making love is one of it. You read that right, having sex a couple of times a week was proven effective in increasing your immunoglobin A. this is an antibody that fights colds and flu. Eating garlic is also another way to strengthen your body. It has anti-microbial properties that blocks infections.

Heart Awareness: Do You Need a Cardiac Stress Test?

Written by Lisa Jillanza

You may have heard of your friends, family or coworkers having a cardiac stress test done, but do you know what that means or measures?  A cardiac stress test measures how well your heart is able to perform when it is under physical stress and it is used to help diagnose heart problems.

While February was Heart Awareness Month, every month is important to take care of your heart.  That's why the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute list some of the following reasons why you may need a cardiac stress test:

  • You have experienced symptoms of reduced blood flow to the heart, including shortness of breath and chest pains.
  • You have arrhythmia symptoms during exercise, including a fluttering sensation in the chest, irregular heartbeat or feeling faint.
  • You have shortness of breath without chest pain following exercise.