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

Sources:

(1) http://www.arthritistoday.org/about-arthritis/types-of-arthritis/rheumatoid-arthritis/daily-life/nutrition/rheumatoid-arthritis-diet-2.php

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

Recognize The Intuition And Live Free

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By Jennifer Martin

yogaposeThe holistic path of yoga is a practice in which physical, mental and spiritual peace is attained. The union of transcendental self and physical psyche is yoga. Vedic knowledge is integrated in yoga practice; hence there is a great significance of Veda in yoga practice. It connects the body and the mind with its soul.

The prior decision of starting yoga classes

The ultimate goal of practicing Yoga is liberation. When the lucidity of spirit and the material nature is in equilibrium freedom is achieved. Apart from the peace of mind, the physical postures of yoga also as a healing effect on various health problems. It can be practiced as a complete exercise routine or program on a daily basis for healthy body and mind.

Practicing yoga as a daily routine is suggested by yoga teacher Zurich. This is the best way to start a day and continue with positive energy throughout. When health issues are the concern not only as an ailment, it is also adopted as a healthy weight loss program.

Yoga studios in Zurich give the healing touch

Yoga studios in Zurich focus on all the above mentioned benefits of yoga. If you’re stressed out after the long day at your workplace, then defines yoga comes to your help. Students who are not able to concentrate on their studies can practice the yoga for better concentration and memory power. It is believed that in earlier times the yoga was practiced from the childhood itself and it comes under the daily life chores. The people of that era used to heal themselves from various diseases by practicing yoga, which is the best way of self-healing. The yoga poses actually activates the parasympathetic nervous system of our body. This directly helps in proper hormonal functioning. All these factors help in distress your body with a more concentrating power.

3 reasons to console your mind

yogaposeIn the Zurich yoga studio, we serve our best to serve your mind body and soul. In a serene environment, we offer yoga of various purposes:

• Yoga classes for the students. The students often suffer from mood swing, emotional depression, and less concentration power. Yoga and meditations help a lot to recover from such problems.

• Yoga practices for working individuals. Distressing and other symptoms, like blood pressure, diabetes and many more can be overcome with this method.

• Get beautiful with a glowing skin. Yoga helps to detoxify your body and makes it more glowing and beautiful from inside without any king of dermatological medications or doctors helps.

Every session in our studio is about 60 minutes. Each of these training processes is accompanied by experienced teachers. Every trainer takes individual care to each member. The classes consist small mass maximum of 10 students per sessions. All the classes are in the lap of nature, with greenery all around you. Your eyes, mind and body will attain the purity and feel peaceful.

So still if you’re doubting to find other reasons to join with us, then you may be lagging behind. Thinking will make you more stressful. Join us and live your life the fullest.

– After a long, stressful life, yoga has gifted Jennifer with a lease of life. Yoga teacher comes to the help in getting back the refreshing new birth.