Inflammation and help in controlling it

 

 

Inflammation. Its nature’s early warning system, letting us know that there is a problem. Inflammation can be the result of an auto-immune disorder or just wear and tear from living life fully.  The most common types of these inflammatory disorders are arthritis and osteoarthritis. Arthritis and osteoarthritis have a huge impact on our day to day lives from the pain caused by inflammation.

Unfortunately once arthritis and osteorarthritis present themselves, it becomes a permanent state of being. But life goes on and we can’t just retire to our chairs and hope the pain caused by inflammation goes away.

There are a number of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) available, but over time they have serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding. Fortunately there are alternatives to the NSAIDs. They fall into three general categories: Glucosamine & chondroitin, Curcumin and Brometain.

Studies have shown that Glucosamine and Chondroitin are as effective or more effective than the more traditional NSAIDs. The two herbs together seem to retard the progression of arthritis and osteoarthritis.Curcumin is an active anti-inflammatory found in turmeric. Turmeric can be used in cooking, not just in a pill form. One cautionary note, it should not be used if an individual is taking blood thinners.

Brometain comes from the bromeliaceae family which is found in fruits such as pineapple and the mangosteen fruit.

There are specific foods that can control inflammation. Such foods as Tomatoes; Citrus fruits and berries; Nuts, Olive Oil, Leafy Greens and Fatty Fish. These are foods that are part of healthy diet. The downside of sourcing particular nutrients  directly from food is the amount that must be eaten for to have an affect on the body. The amount that must be ingested tends to be very large which brings up a whole new problem, weight gain. If its hip and knee joints that are causing the most problem of inflammation, then weight gain is not a solution. There are supplements that can be taken that are as effective as food. Go to Essential Vitality to find products that will help.

For more in depth information on inflammation go to http://www.usa-homegym.com/buying-guide/best-glucosamine-reviews/

Arthritis and osteoarthritis are not the only conditions where inflammation is a factor. We’ll discuss some of the other ones in future blogs.

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Farmer’s markets-the place for summer’s bounty

Farmers' market stand

Farmers’ market stand

Farmers markets are the place where this year’s crops are starting to come in with delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables. You’ll get food that is at its nutritious best, pesticide free and non-GMO. The closer to the farm you can get in buying your fresh fruits and veg, the better. Local farmers markets and farm stands have produce that was picked a few hours before you bought it. Berry farms very often encourage people to come and pick fruit to take home at a very reasonable price. Its a great family outing. Farmers’ markets also have really fresh food and other farm products such honey, jams and the like. These are products that you won’t find at your local super market. They tend to make things without a lot of additives or preservatives.

There are farms that have produce stands open all year. Very often they are farms that also sell eggs and meat products. Check them out by asking questions and find out just what the farm raises. Sometime a local farmer will have a stand that sells produce from people who don’t want to sell themselves. Some farms have their chickens in movable runs that allows the chickens to be free range.

There are a number of ways of finding local farmers’ markets. Websites such as Local Harvest will help. There’s an app for that as well: Farmstand.  Local farmers’ associations should have a list of farmers markets as well as farms that have stands that sell their produce. And of course there’s the old reliable, Google and other search engines.

Your local supermarket is an alternative to farm stands or farmers markets. Find out the source of their produce. There are supermarkets that go out of their way to source locally which is great. If you can, buy organic produce. Organic produce tends to be more expensive and isn’t always supermarket perfect looking.

For more knowledge on a healthy diet, go to Essential Vitality. Essential Vitality also has information on weight loss, detoxifying, vitamin and mineral supplements. Everything you need to have an awesome life.

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Our lifestyles are far more important than our genes in controlling our health and fitness. Stress is the most destructive element in our ability to stave off illness. Finding ways to lessen stress is one of the most important things we can do to improve our lifestyles and give us longer lives. Lifestyle and long life are inextricably bound together, and we must always remember that when developing our wellness plans.

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