How To Teach Kids To Exercise

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By Dhmhtrhs Papadopoulos

kidsjumpingIt’s one thing to keep yourself fit – but keeping others in good shape is an entirely different kettle of fish. You already know the ins and outs of your body quite literally like the back of your hand. You know what you like to eat, what quantity of food will lead you to put on weight, and how much exercise you need to keep yourself energised.

But everybody and everybody is different. Some are fat and need to control their diets, others are too thin and need to bulk up if they want to reach their fullest fitness potential. And the vast majority of us barely know how to look after our own bodies.

Evidence of this is the sheer number of people who shovel food down their gullets without consideration for the long-term damage they’re doing to their body. And training kids to stay fit is an even more mammoth task.

Think of the number or kids who’ll avoid broccoli and love nothing more than sitting in front of the telly all day.

And trying to motivate a lazy child is like getting blood from a stone. Give them too much leeway and they’ll plop back down on the settee and gain more weight than Johnny Vegas on a burger binge.

So you’ll have to come up with a few tricks to keep your kids feeling fit and healthy. That’s why we’ve come up with a few tips to help you out. Take a look.

Get a course

Training your kids up doesn’t require military style strictness, but it does require communication skills and applied knowledge to get the most from your little sprogs.

Personal training courses are available online and can give you the information you need to train kids and adults alike, and make sure they stay healthy. Choose the right one and you’ll enjoy nutritional information, in-depth exercise regimes and motivation techniques to get your kids off the sofa and fighting fit.

Study for long enough and you could even graduate to a professional level.

Use the carrot

Kids are, let’s face it, selfish little blighters. They need to know that they’ll receive some kind of benefit from their actions, some kind of reward. It’s the reason why you struggle to get your child to eat their greens without coercion. They don’t see the benefit.

So put a carrot on that exercising stick to keep your kids healthy. Promise them something they’ll enjoy if they do some exercise, like getting an hour of iPad time after going running.

Above all, make exercising fun. Without a sense of joy in your routines, your kids will become the type of person who doesn’t understand what goodness their body needs.

How To Maintain Good Eyesight

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eyeHumans are visually-driven by nature. We depend on eyesight to function in practically every facet of society. While numerous examples show the ability of people who triumph over partial or total blindness, healthy vision is something just about everybody wishes to maintain throughout their entire life.

We live in relatively fortunate times for those suffering from congenital or progressively occurring vision problems. Glasses have been an established remedy for centuries. The 20th century saw the advent of even greater advances in vision improvement possibility. Contacts became a popular alternative to glasses. Eventually, Lasik surgeons working in cities across the globe began to permanently correct less-than-perfect eyesight.

Yet, given the chance, prevention is always preferred over cure, so what can be done to maintain good eyesight? Here are the basics that will keep your vision crisp and lean for years to come:

Eye Exams

Sometimes the causes of poor vision are genetic, in which case little, if anything, done by the person will make a difference. This is why it’s important to get your eyes checked at least once a year. Most health care plans cover an annual eye exam free of charge. This way eye problems can be caught and corrected as soon as possible.

No Smoking

Add the risk of vision loss to the already long list of reasons not to smoke cigarettes. Smoking has been linked to increase chance of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and damage to the optic nerves. If tempted to start – don’t – for the sake of your eyesight. Those already regular smokers, consider the ordeal of eye surgery before lighting up again. Aforementioned laser eye surgery is impressively low-key and routine these days, but you still want to skip it if possible.

Eye-Friendly Diet

Unfortunately the idea that carrots are especially effective at improving vision is fictitious, despite the vegetable being an all-around great source of Vitamin A which helps preserve eyesight. To keep eyes in top shape make room for citrus fruits in your diet such as oranges and kiwi. Leafy greens are good too such as kale and spinach. Seek out natural foods sources rich in vitamin E such as salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, and beans.

Limited Screen Time

It’s hard to do these days, we know, but reducing the amount of hours spent staring at a computer screen is essential to keeping eyes from becoming strained and damaged over time. It’s a good policy to maintain a healthy distance and angle between yourself and a desktop monitor. Set smartphones and tablets to auto-brightness to prevent unnecessary strain. Make a habit to look away from screens at least three times an hour. Focus your vision on the other side of the room, perhaps a wall clock, to give them a break from the computer screen.

Eyesight is an important part of the human experience. Although people are powerful enough to adapt to blindness, with tools and procedures that serve to correct otherwise terminal vision problems, the beauties of the world are best experienced with unadulterated, natural eyesight. Taking steps to keep your eyes healthy is an investment in future enjoyment.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Your Child’s Friendships: How To Be Encouraging Without Hovering

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

groupkidswbgSchool has already begun for some children, while for others school won’t start for a few more weeks. Perhaps over the summer, your child got together with their friends on Facebook instead of face-to-face. Your child may have 1000 Facebook friends, but no real friends.

But with the new school year, your child will need some friends to talk to, spend time with, share sleepovers and growing-up drama.

You may feel at a loss as to helping your child. You don’t want to be that helicopter over-protective parent, yet you doubt your child’s ability to make face-to-face friends. The more they engage on Facebook or other social media outlets, the more awkward they become with face-to-face friends. It isn’t healthy for your child to have only virtual friends. They don’t live in a virtual world. They have to go to a real school, get a real job and interact with real people. Your child is at a disadvantage if they don’t know how to interact and make friendships.

How can you help and support your kids to find friends without hovering or getting in their way of making friends on their own?

Here are suggestions for parents who don’t want to hinder or hover, but do want their child to have lasting friendships.

1. Have reasonable expectations about your child’s social skills. As school begins, encourage them to invite one or two kids over for pizza.

2. Make it a point to meet the parents of your child’s friends.

3. Encourage friendships over popularity. Discouraging kids from manipulative friends is one thing, but insisting they only make friends with the popular kids sends the wrong message.

4. Best friends share interests. If your child has a friend who shares their interests, suggest an outing they could invite a friend to attend.

5. Only get involved in a friendship dilemma if your child asks for help.

6. Separate your friendship needs from your child’s, and don’t assume they feel as you would.

7. If your child is a loner and seems depressed, don’t hesitate to get professional guidance. Loners are more likely to get bullied and feel misunderstood. Their self-esteem is fragile and that is one of the reasons kids need friends. They build each other up and help each other feel good about themselves.

kidsjumpingFriendships are important for kids because they help the child feel supported and good about themselves. Social media is a wonderful way to connect with long-distance friends, but virtual friends cannot replace the face-to-face communication friends share. Activities kids do with their friends is important in establishing a strong foundation of what healthy relationships look and feel like. Your self-esteem, confidence and attitude toward adult friends are established in childhood. Parents should encourage their children’s friendships without directing them.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

How To Keep Fit In The New Year

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By Michael Peggs

partycelebrateWorking in the world of sports, you are surrounded by examples of the value of staying fit. At the same time, your job can be a stressful one, and it may seem that there’s never enough time in the day to cross everything off your “to do” list. With email messages to answer, calls to return, and both virtual and in-person meetings, it’s easy to let your own fitness goals take a back seat to the needs of your manager or clients. With a new year just ahead, this is the perfect time to move your fitness goals back to the top of your list of priorities.

Here’s one fitness hack for the new year that will be the foundation of becoming healthier and more effective in your role: walk. It’s simple and free. A quick walk on your lunch hour can improve your mood, help you lose weight, and even sharpen your memory! You can do it anywhere, without “suiting up”—even in your dress shoes. There are insoles that you can add to your shoes to help you make the most of every step. Available for women and men, supportive Spenco insoles fit into just about every type of shoe and can be your secret weapon in getting fit. (They’ll also take the pressure off, literally, of your hard-working feet.)

Begin the year by adding one 10-minute walk to each workday. Walking gives you time alone—a precious commodity in our wired world. For the first few weeks of walking, I suggest you go “cold turkey” and leave behind your iPod and your cell phone. If your job requires that you keep your phone with you at all times, turn it to silent for ten minutes. Ten minutes of walking will pay dividends as it helps you clear your mind and be more effective when you return to your desk.

The benefits of walking are both immediate and long-term. If you work six days a week, at the end of your first week you will have walked for an hour in total. While you may not be able to carve an hour out of your daily schedule, taking ten minutes at a time is an exercise in setting boundaries: claim those ten minutes as your own—not to be interrupted—and schedule a reminder on your phone. When your colleagues see a more relaxed version of you, standing straighter and breathing easier, they may even suggest setting up the type of “walking meetings” that are favored by the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter. Walking meetings are indeed effective, but be sure to keep your 10-minute daily walks for yourself, to help you meet your fitness goals and become increasingly effective in your career.

– Michael Peggs is the founder of content marketing agency and SEO agency Marccx Media, where they specialize in SEO and Content Marketing. Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships. He is also a blogger and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy podcast You University – The Personal Branding Podcast.

How To Stop Being Manipulated

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

thumbsupIf you’ve ever been in a relationship with a manipulator, chances are you’ll never forget it. You end up being put into situations you don’t like being in — and feel trapped to resist the situation or consequences. In a sense, we are all manipulated into buying something we don’t want, or being in a situation we don’t like, due to social influence. That’s normal and common. But a psychological manipulator is not normal, and it’s not healthy. Someone else is using you for his or her purpose, and in a very real sense, you are being exploited for his or her needs.

Whether you’re dating a manipulator, working for one, or living with one, you’ll feel the effects in several areas. Most manipulators share common characteristics.

* They find your weakness and use it against you.

* They know how to seduce you into giving up something meaningful to you in order to serve their needs.

* They are repeat offenders. Once they begin using you, they continue until you put a stop to it.

It is important to remember that manipulators are not psychologically healthy individuals. They have emotional issues and you can’t fix them. Breaking the cycle begins with you taking a stance and advocating for yourself. You’ll have to stand up to them and confront them to let them know you mean business.

Here are five tips that can help.

* First of all, if you encounter one of these people stay away from this if possible. Trust your gut. If you’ve seen them exploit or use others for their own good, the chances are high they’ll use you, too.

* Outsmart the manipulator. Manipulators are hard on your self-esteem and you may begin believing you’re not a good person. This is nonsense and a type of brain-washing. Don’t let them blame you for what goes wrong. Hold them accountable for their behaviors that led to the consequences they don’t like. No one has the right to blame you for unreasonable demands nor do they have a right to always get their own way or demand that you make them happy.

* Get comfortable with saying NO. Manipulators look for non-confrontational people. Don’t be that person for them. Confront them when they are being unreasonable. Going along to get along does not work with a manipulator.

* Set boundaries, and if they don’t respect them, follow through. Sometimes if the manipulator is at work that means following through with human resources, or if you’re married to the manipulator that may mean going to counseling since it is mandatory for the marriage to survive. Then follow through with what you say. Once manipulators know they can break your boundaries, they will continue to.

* Manipulators are bullies. Bullies don’t respect feelings. Keeping notes and a paper trail to press charges on a manipulator in your life may be necessary. Having a counselor to help keep you strong while you’re protecting yourself from further self-esteem damage is life changing.

Manipulators hurt friendships and relationships at school as well as in work place milieu. They can be charming and disarming, but your gut instinct is not easily fooled. If you have a bad feeling about someone, stay away from him or her. If you find yourself having to work or live with one, set firm boundaries and let them know you see them for who they are.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

How To Keep Your Food – And Your Insulin – Down During The Holidays

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partycelebrateDon’t let holiday feasts come back to haunt you – planning meals can help those with acid reflux and diabetes enjoy the festive foods, said experts at Baylor College of Medicine.

“Advanced meal planning will ensure that people with stricter diets have items to enjoy,” said Dr. Mohamed Othman, assistant professor of medicine – gastroenterology at Baylor.

Acid reflux

Acid reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach come back up into the esophagus, which can result in heartburn or belly discomfort. By standing upright after eating, gravity helps keep the contents of the stomach down.

“Do not lay down immediately after your meal,” Othman said. “It takes four hours for the stomach to empty solid contents and two hours for liquid content.”

Diabetes

For those with diabetes, overindulgence can lead to more serious health concerns, said Dr. Alan Garber, professor of medicine – diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at Baylor.

“Holiday food tends to be rich in carbohydrates and fats, and both of these may increase insulin requirements,” he said. “You should be aware of the amount of sugar in holiday treats.”

What to do

Modifying eating habits can alleviate reflux symptoms. If suffering from acid reflux, Othman recommended avoiding the following foods and drinks:

* Chocolate
* Mint
* Fried foods
* Wine
* Coffee

Brief walks after meals and adopting a more active lifestyle in general can improve reflux symptoms, he said.

Garber offers these tips to help diabetics manage holiday eating:

* Look for sugar-free items at the grocery store

* Control your portions

* High-fat meals independently produce insulin resistance and raise insulin requirements, so be sure sugar-free items are not high in fat

* Avoid alcoholic drinks

While it is important to be aware and cautious of what you are eating and how it affects your health, Baylor experts advise focusing on the fun of the holidays rather than the restrictions.

How To Keep Pets Hydrated When Traveling

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dogsilouetteDog safety expert Melanie Monteiro provides tips and tricks to keep a pet hydrated in a new “Pet Hydration Tips When Traveling” video from Sleepypod.

As pet owners plan summer travel and outdoor activities with their pets, Sleepypod® reminds pet owners that keeping a pet hydrated can be a tricky endeavor. A change in a pet’s routine can often affect water intake.

In the new “Pet Hydration Tips When Traveling” video, dog safety expert Melanie Monteiro discusses how much pets should drink and provides hydration tips to keep pets happy, healthy and hydrated. Pet hydration tips include:

* Freeze water in a non-metal, BPA-free bowl in advance of travel.

* Add water to food.

* Make flavored water.

* Try an electrolyte replacer.

* Add ice cubes since pets are more likely to drink cool water.

* Pack a straw or oral syringe.

View the “Pet Hydration Tips When Traveling” video at https://youtu.be/riyhzpxzxWU.

About Melanie Monteiro

Melanie Monteiro is a dog safety & lifestyle expert, pet first aid instructor, writer and author of “The Safe Dog Handbook” – the acclaimed book inspired by her adventures with Taiga, the world’s most accident-prone puppy. Her popular YouTube channel, The Safe Dog, has been widely praised for teaching pet parents life saving skills, as well as how to prevent and prepare for common mishaps. Known for her precise yet friendly teaching style, Melanie’s first aid videos are used to train K9 police dog handlers.

Melanie’s articles appear in top pet outlets such as The Bark, Fido Friendly, Peta and Pet Travel Experts. On newsworthy matters of pet safety and lifestyle, she’s been interviewed by Fox News, NPR, KFWB, The Pet Collective, and AOL’s PawNation. Melanie consults with a wide clientele including humane organizations, canine professionals, top celebrities and countless dog parents, offering pet first aid lessons, CPR demos and in-home pet safety makeovers. For more information visit http://www.TheSafeDogHandbook.com.

About Sleepypod

Busy pet-owner lifestyles demand pet products that are not only versatile but also exceptional enough to baby the pets that mean so much to us. Sleepypod understands the importance of pets in their owners’ lives and that’s why safety is Sleepypod’s top priority. To protect the joy of driving with pets, Sleepypod crash tested its entire line of dog safety harnesses and pet carriers at the standard set for child safety restraints. From the BPA-free silicone in Yummy Travel Bowls to the 100 percent organic Little Germs line of cleansers, Sleepypod devotes careful and caring attention to every detail in each product. Bold and innovative, Sleepypod products are clever enough to have won a slew of awards and stacks of praise from veterinarians, pet industry experts and media, even earning a spot in the Metropolitan Home “Design 100” alongside iconic products like the iPhone and the Smartcar. Thoughtful design features transform ordinary pet products from insipid to inspired. Additional information about Sleepypod is available online at http://sleepypod.com. Safe travels.®

How To Cut Orthodontic Braces Time In Half For Adults And Children

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Submitted by Dr. Michael Stosich

dentistIs it possible for both children and adults to cut the time spent wearing braces by half?

It seems it would be easier for children to lessen the time spent in braces than that of adults: Is it?

Dr. Michael Stosich with iDentity Orthodontics believes in covering all the bases with his patients from initial consultation to post-braces removal and care. The cornerstone of his orthodontic practice was set with the principles of educating his patients, caring for his patients, and providing the best possible services available to them.

He carefully listens to your concerns and takes time with you to ensure you are comfortable with the treatment, and that you fully understand his role (and yours) throughout your professional relationship. Dr. Stosich will not be put off by questions—in fact, he welcomes them and acknowledges that this is the best way to feel comfortable and confident in choosing him as your orthodontist.

When it comes to asking questions about wearing braces, it’s true that children’s bones are not fully developed until around the age of 18; teeth are more easily moved through the application of braces due to that fact. However, it is still possible to lessen time in braces for adults of any age, as well. Each individual will have his or her own set of circumstances which Dr. Stosich will address with you, and this will determine the length of time needed to correct your specific problems.

Orthodontic treatment in many cases consists of brackets, wire, and elastics which exert gentle forces on teeth to move in a certain direction to straighten teeth and to correct an occlusion. Most people want the process to be over as soon as possible, and by following the very specific plan designed by Dr. Stosich, results can be achieved faster than you think.

As a children’s and adult orthodontist, Dr. Stosich and his staff will be glad to share important information with you on how to cut braces wear time if you will just follow some very basic instructions:

• Always keep your appointments
• Brush after every meal and floss daily
• Do not eat foods or drink beverages that can harm your braces or get trapped in them
• Wear your elastics (if applicable) at all times and do not be tempted to remove them
• If you are wearing Invisalign braces, keep them on for the proper amount of time each day

As a republe orthodontist, Dr. Michael Stosich with iDentity Orthodontics in the Grayslake and Kenilworth, Illinois areas can provide you with all the information you need for your child’s orthodontic treatment or for ortho treatment for adults. Dr. Stosich believes a good smile is a lifetime investment. He says, “Smiles are like diamonds: they last forever.”

He also believes that taking time to do the research it takes to find a good orthodontist for yourself or for your family should be a priority. Set up a consult appointment and make sure all of your questions are answered. Although everyone wants braces wear time to be as short as possible, when it comes to having straight, healthy teeth, there is no magic wand and your orthodontist will be your best guide for your particular set of needs.

Fact is, the best results take time, and they are usually worth waiting for, but you can shorten it by working with Dr. Stosich and his staff. Once your braces are removed, you will still need to plan on visiting iDentity Orthodontics to ensure your newly straightened teeth will remain straight. You will be fitted with a retainer, and will be wearing the retainer for as long as recommended.

– Dr. Michael Stosich, who has served the Grayslake community for many years, has recently opened his second office in Wilmette/Kenilworth area. Dr. Stosich and his staff at iDentity Orthodontics look forward to helping you to have a better life and a healthier, happier smile through good orthodontics. To learn more about Dr. Stosich or to schedule a complimentary consultation visit iDentity Orthodontics.

The Experts Discuss How To Reduce Toxicity In Your Kitchen

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newsThank you to PRWeb for supplying this article on How To Reduce Toxicity In Your Kitchen. Health Food Emporium invites popular doctors to discuss common toxins that we all encounter in our kitchens everyday, and how to avoid them. What are your thoughts on this article, please share in the comments section below…..

Is your kitchen toxic? Gail Bowman, the owner of Health Food Emporium stated, “I checked with Dr. Don Colbert and Dr. Mercola (both are popular TV and internet doctors) to find out what can be done to lessen the toxic load on our bodies from our kitchens. Their answers were very interesting, and a little challenging. I thought surely my kitchen was safe, but I discovered that I still have a lot of work to do. ”

1. Dr. Don Colbert said, “Everyone should practice minimal use of their microwave, or get rid of it altogether. Using a microwave to cook your food is of three main concerns. First, harmful and cancer-causing chemicals can leak into your foods from heated plastic and paper containers. Secondly, microwaving alters the molecular structure of food damaging the nutrients and even generating harmful chemicals. Third, microwaves emit radiation. although it is controversial as to how much radiation, studies have shown correlations between microwave radiation in the home and effects on the heart and blood sugar.”

2. Nonstick cookware should be avoided according to Dr. Mercola: “Non-stick cookware is made using a carcinogenic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which starts emitting toxic fumes, that you inhale, every time you cook with a non-stick pot or pan! At high temperatures, the coating of non-stick cookware will also break down into a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB, and a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene. Your best friend in the kitchen may actually be your family’s worst health enemy. It only takes 5 minutes for non-stick cookware to emit at least six toxic gases. ”

3. “Get rid of all plastics including storage bags, cups, plates, silverware and containers,” said Dr. Colbert. “Dishes made of glass are ideal. Harmful chemicals in plastics can leach into foods, especially when heated or if the food is acidic. A common chemical found in plastics is bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is associated with increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes. More and more plastic products are now appearing with a BPA Free label, but BPA is not the only harmful chemical in plastics.”

4. Avoiding canned foods is perhaps your best way to avoid BPA. Dr. Mercola states, “Recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that canned foods and beverages can increase your BPA levels by a staggering 1,000 percent in a mere five days! The lead researcher noted that given this new finding, canned goods may be an even greater contribution to your BPA levels than plastics.”

5. Store nuts and oils properly. Dr. Colbert stated, “Nuts and oils go bad quickly with exposure to heat, light and air. Rancid nuts smell and taste bad and can be carcinogenic. Rancid nuts are linked to headaches and digestive upset. Roasted, chopped and ground nuts go rancid much more quickly than whole raw ones. Nuts should be stored in the refrigerator. Look for oils that are sold in dark tinted bottles since the packaging will help to protect the oil from oxidation caused by exposure to light. Oil should be used within 1-2 months to ensure its quality remains intact, even when stored properly.”

6. Use natural cleaners for dishes, appliances, floors and counters. Jordan Rubin, founder of Garden of Life and owner of Beyond Organic, said, “Carcinogenic contaminants are found in a variety of popular household products including cleaners. The less contact with kitchen cleaners, oven cleaner, glues, paints, pain thinner and other solvents, the better. Household products have changed radically in the last fifty years due to scientists’ ability to synthesize new chemicals from petroleum. I recommend using natural ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and commercially available natural cleaners to clean your home.”

– Gail Bowman is the owner of Health Food Emporium, an online health food store that has specialized in whole food supplements for over 10 years.

How To Recognize Early Warning Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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seniorwoman2By recognizing symptoms of early rheumatoid arthritis, joint inflammation can be addressed before damage to the joints occurs, thereby preventing long-term consequences of the disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease of the autoimmune system. RA occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the synovium — the lining of the membranes that surround the joints. Joint erosion may follow.

Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and director of Vital Health, Inc. explained, “Early RA tends to affect the smaller joints first, such as the joints that attach the fingers and toes feet. As the disease progresses, symptoms often spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. RA can affect the organs as well.”

RA signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Periods of increased disease activity, called flares, alternate with periods of relative remission. Over time, RA can cause joints to deform and shift out of place.

“Through early detection, proper management of RA can be used to optimize the health status throughout the body. If a person has early warning symptoms of RA along with a family history of RA, or already has a diagnosed autoimmune disease, it is essential they start supporting the body in order to prevent progression of the disease,” remarked Dr. Griffin.

Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of RA

1. One or more finger-knuckle joints will swell. Redness and warmth of the knuckle joints may be present.

2. Tenderness on the balls of feet, even swelling under the foot. Pain may be worse when first getting out of bed.

3. Flu-like symptoms such as low-grade fever, fatigue and possible weight loss.

4. Bumps on the elbows. Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on the arms (rheumatoid nodules).

5. Joints are stiff for more than one hour in the morning. Stiffness that lasts for several hours is generally a symptom of inflammatory arthritis, and is typical of RA. You may also feel stiffness after any period of prolonged inactivity like napping or sitting.

6. Inflammation of tendons creating pressure on your nerves. This may cause numbness, tingling, or a burning feeling in your hands referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome or in the feet as plantar fasciitis.

7. Other symptoms can include dry mouth or dry itchy inflamed eyes, chest pain when breathing and difficulty sleeping.

Prevention and Symptom Management

1. Avoid Foods That Trigger Inflammation

While some foods seem to ease inflammation, compounds in others have been found to increase it. The following foods have been attributed to raising inflammation levels in the body and should be avoided:

* Fried and processed foods

* Dairy products

* Sugar and refined carbohydrates

* Salt and preservatives

* Corn oil

* Alcohol and tobacco

* Eating hamburgers, chicken, or other meats that have been grilled or fried at high temperatures can raise the amount of advanced glycation end products (AEGs) in the blood. High levels of AGEs have been detected in people with inflammation (1)

2. Gluten’s Connection With RA

“RA is an autoimmune disease. Gluten is one of the most common food sensitivity linked to autoimmune disease,” explained Dr. Griffin who is a Certified Gluten Practitioner and trained expert in gluten and the harmful effects it can have on the body. “Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease linkage needs to be ruled out if a person has an autoimmune disease. The elimination of gluten in the diet can be so powerful that there is hope to lessen the systems of RA, possibly eliminate the need for multiple medications, and most importantly prevent other autoimmune disease.”

seniormanSymptoms of arthritis, which include joint pain and stiffness, are also symptoms of the immune response caused by celiac disease. People who are gluten sensitive or who have been diagnosed with celiac disease may experience joint pain, swelling, and stiffness if they eat foods with gluten.

These similar symptoms make celiac disease difficult to diagnose. In fact, it’s commonly confused with other conditions, such as arthritis. It is important to discuss with your doctor all of your symptoms even those that may seem unrelated. In addition to looking at the joints, especially if you have a family history of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it is important that the intestines are not overlooked for they are often the root cause.

3. Nourish the Body With Nutritional Supplements

Dr. Griffin explains, “Certain nutritional substances can help alleviate RA. Addressing nutritional deficiencies that have been genetically linked to RA and other autoimmune diseases can help prevent the diseases or slow down its progression. The most commonly observed vitamin and mineral deficiencies in patients with RA include:

* Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes. Try ProVitality Vitamin D.

* Zinc alleviates joint swelling and morning stiffness associated with RA. Many people with RA are deficient in Zinc.

* Vitamin B12 deficiency does not cause arthritis but may worsen anemia in patients with RA. Anemia is a common problem in patients with RA, according to the National Anemia Action Council. RA patients may experience anemia because of gastrointestinal bleeding caused by the chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. (2) Additionally, B6 can help elevate inflammation. Vital Essence offers B-12 Folate and Methyl-B12 Lozenge. Autoimmune conditions frequently have the MTHFR gene link, which inhibits the methylation (absorption) of B12/folic acid/B6 necessitating the need for the methylated forms of B12 and folic acid.

* Folic Acid is a B vitamin that promotes health and supports the body’s metabolism. Some common RA drugs interfere with how the body uses folic acid. As a result, many RA patients become deficient in folic acid.

* Coconut Oil appears to reduce damage caused by the overactive immune system. Try ProVitality Coconut Oil, its rich antioxidants formula can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.

Vital Health, Inc. suggests talking to physician before beginning any supplement regimen.

About Vital Health, Inc.:

At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal health amongst her clients. Dr. Griffin’s specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser and clinician for Spectracell Laboratories, Inc. Vital Health, Inc. Is located within the office complex of the Orland Park Crossing, 14225 S. 95th Avenue Suite 409, Orland Park IL, 60462. 708-226-1131. http://www.vitalhealth.org

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(2) http://www.livestrong.com/article/394655-can-a-vitamin-b12-deficiency-cause-arthritis-symptoms