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Arthritis


Simply put, arthritis is inflammation of the joint. This can be very painful since your joints are the foundation of your skeletal system. When inflammation affects your joints it can limit your mobility by causing swelling, pain, and heat. In addition, un-controlled inflammation can also lead to increased levels of C-reactive protein, an independent risk factor for heart disease.

If you have an auto-immune arthritis like rheumatoid or lupus then try to avoid immune stimulating herbals is often highly recommended. These include echinacea, cat’s claw, astragalus and other popular immune stimulating herbs. Also the avoidance of any dietary supplements with alfalfa that some evidence suggests may lead to auto-immune issues is highly advisable.

A growing popularity has developed for glucosamine sulfate (with KCl), chondroitin sulfate, and MSM and it’s not surprising why. This combination is a power pack for optimal joint health. As with all supplements it is important to select a high quality product. Not all supplements are created equal. Making sure that the form ‘glucosamine sulfate’ is used will ensure highest quality. Also the MSM should be manufactured in the United States to decrease the potential for contamination. It takes 8-12 weeks for the glucosamine to help nurture the joints appreciable, so adding anti-inflammatory botanicals will help.

A concern with long-term arthritis is the use of NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Aspirin) that can further compromise joint health and also irritate the stomach. A good alternative for many people is a blend of anti-inflammatory enzymes and botanicals. The incorporation of more fish into your diet or the use of EPA fish oil can also help fuel your natural biochemical pathways to lessen inflammation. Simultaneously decreasing the intake of red meat and fried foods can help the EPA oil have optimal effect.

Proper hydration is also very important, since dry joints and tissues are not healthy or resilient; your goal is to drink 64 ounces of non-chlorinated water per day as a minimum. If you don’t already have a chlorine filter for you home faucet and shower, this is an important overall health investment.

For about 50 percent of people afflicted with arthritic joints, the avoidance of the night-shade family of vegetables can also help; these include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and tobacco.

If you still have arthritic symptoms after these approaches, if your symptoms worsen, or if it has been more than a year since you have visited your physicians, you should make time for an appointment.

Also, a simple food allergy test that you can order and perform at home can help identify whether or not you are fueling your body with the right foods for your individual needs. With recent advances in testing technology, a simple Aller-Food Check home test can be conducted with results for 96 delayed food allergies.

Another issue is related to stress. Stress has numerous deleterious effects including promoting
inflammation, increasing susceptibility to illness, and contributing to fatigue and lack of mental focus. Addressing stress is critical if you are serious about creating a strong health foundation for longevity, wellness, and improved quality of life. An important first step in stress management would be to consider evaluating your sources of stress using an online assessment tool such as the Stress Solution Tool (SST) to discover hidden and unrealized areas of stress that may be robbing your health and quality of life.

Arthritis can be affected by stress to the body through computer use. Prior to the advent of computers, and online games and communications, our parents told us to have good posture. Now due to poor posture and extended hours on the computer, we are starting to see degeneration of the spine at age 29. This degeneration is silent until 100,000s of cells have been damaged. Postural awareness can enhance your preventative steps before symptoms develop including injury to bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

The NanoPro products are ideal for arthritic patients; they provide increased circulation and anti-inflammatory support for the aches and pains associated with arthritis and nerve pain. The NanoPro products reflect back the body’s own far infrared energy, helping lessen inflammation and improve circulation by vasodilating capillaries and improving the characteristics of red blood cells to enhance circulation, thus helping to reduce inflammation. The passive qualities of the NanoPro products can help whether it is arthritis of the ankle and foot where the NanoPro Socks can prove helpful; or the use of the Elbow, Wrist or Knee Supports.

It has also been recommended by leading medical experts that everyone can benefit from taking a high-quality and complete daily multi-vitamin. Few people actually eat a sufficiently healthy and broad diet to ensure the adequate intake of nutrients for all the biochemical processes necessary to not just sustain the human body but to help it truly thrive.

Summary

It is important to gain control over your arthritic condition. Even more so, to begin prevention now before it’s too late. The goal should be to assist your joint health with lubricating properties like fish and flax seed oil, and reduce the inflammation that is occurring from the constant friction. Avoiding certain foods and pharmaceuticals can be a great first step. Adding a multi-vitamin, pain & inflammation or joint health supplement can help make vast improvements on your overall health.

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Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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