It inflames the joints and your discomfort increases as your day progress.
Have you guessed it yet?
We’re talking about Osteoarthritis (OA).
There are no medication that can cure OA or regrow the cartilage in osteoarthritic joints. Painkillers are usually prescribed to help ease the pain, but this only helps temporarily.
Here are 5 ways to manage your diet when dealing with Osteoarthritis.
1. Reduce Extra Calories.
One study found that obese women who lost 11 pounds reduce their risk for knee OA in half. Losing extra weight can help prevent arthritis from getting worse too!
2. More Fruits and Vegetables
Many of them are loaded with antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage, some of them may also help to reduce joint inflammation and pain.
3. Vitamin D
Some studies have shown that Vitamin D can help prevent the breakdown of cartilage and decrease the risk of joint space narrowing.
4. Vitamin C
This vitamin is necessary for cartilage development. A deficiency may lead to weakened cartilage and increase OA symptoms.
(Kiwi, strawberries, tomatoes…etc)
Preparing for and avoiding osteoporosis is possible - but you have to see the warning signs first.
Before delving into symptoms, let's review the issue itself: osteoporosis, which is a disease of the bones. If your bone mineral density falls beneath a certain point, and your bones have become more porous than solid, you may be diagnosed with it.
Detection commonly happens at an advanced stage, usually triggered when we break a bone, from an innocent fall or bump that can render you bedridden due to frailty or fracture.
The most accurate test to determine your bone mineral density is called a DEXA scan. It is a dual X-ray that measures how porous your bones are. It is the best way to find out your bone strength so that you can make the necessary lifestyle adjustments to keep osteoporosis at bay. If you haven't already been tested, here are some warning signs to watch for.
Watch for These Possible Symptoms of Osteoporosis
1. A bone break or fracture that happens from a low impact fall or bump
2. Bone pain
3. Loss of height over time, or degrading posture
4. Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
5. Increases in incidences and severity of dental problems
If any of these are familiar to you it's time to get a DEXA scan to accurately test your bones.
If you find your bone density is low, consider increasing your activity, getting some daily sunshine whenever possible (not much here in Vancouver these days), and eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
If you are less than perfect in any of these plans you should also take a good calcium supplement - and that means most of us. What kind of calcium supplement is best? In our next issue we will discuss the enormous differences between calcium and calcium. That's not a typo - not all calcium is created equal. Some can do more harm than good.
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Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia isn’t about coping with lesser sleep.
It’s a serious health issue that doesn’t just ‘dumb you down’, but also increases your risk of heart diseases, diabetes and doubles your risk of death from cardiovascular diseases!
The number of patients who seek help for sleep disorders at Singapore General Hospital increased 40% in 2012.
It is perhaps time to ask ourselves, are we sleep deprived?
Sure, we have personal and professional commitments that keeps us up for longer hours.
The question is, is this okay?
Some of us may even hit a point where we have problems falling asleep ( insomnia ) or even suffer from problems STAYING asleep.
Some of the more common problems for this includes:
- Excessive or poor managed stress
- Depression or anxiety
- Excessive caffeine consumption
- Poor sleep habits and irregular sleep patterns
Does this sound familiar to you?
Sleeping 5 hours during the weekdays, 10 hours during the weekends.
Loading up on coffee when you hit the office on Monday…maybe 3 or 4 cups to stay awake.
Change your lifestyle today and reclaim proper rest for your body.
Studies have shown that certain minerals are effective natural sleep aids for people suffering from Insomnia.
Calcium for example, is directly related to our cycles of sleep, it helps us fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
One study suggests that disturbances in sleep may be related to a calcium deficiency, while chronic insomnia could also be related to a magnesium deficiency.
In the case of the latter, frequent nighttime awakenings usually happens.
Calcium and Magnesium is important to overall health and the two minerals should be taken for best rest.
Live2Move AlgaeCal contains a good balance of Calcium and Magnesium and is the only calcium that has been proven to help build bone mass in 180 days.
It is 100% natural with no extraction process or additives used - just pure whole food.
James F. Balch, M.D., author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, writes: "A lack of the nutrients calcium and magnesium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep." Chronic insomnia is one of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Sleep in magnesium deficiency is usually agitated with frequent nighttime awakenings. On the other hand, a high magnesium diet has been found to be associated with deeper, less interrupted sleep. This was shown in a study done by James Penland at the Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota.
But shouldn't exercise strengthen your bones?
If you're sweating profusely during extended training exercise, this is something you may need to watch out for.