Weight Gain and Pain: The Dreaded Connection

arthritis kneeLet’s face it, weight gain has been a problem of a lot of people- men and women, young or old. Gaining too much weight causes many health problems such as, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, blood clots and stroke, infertility, irregular menses, fatty liver disease, depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Moreover, there is a strong connection between arthritis pain and body weight.

Excess Weight Gain and Your Joints

According to an online Arthritis research article, being 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step. The excess weight burdens the knee, increases stress and could speed up cartilage breakdown. But arthritis or joint disorders can also occur in the hands, knees, hips, back, and neck. The excess weight may not have stressed these areas, but the excess weight affects the circulation of blood, causing such problems.

Lose Weight, Feel Great!

Losing weight is easier said and planned than done. A lot of people have been struggling to shed off some pounds, but it is harder a task when you already have arthritis. Running, jogging, and aerobics are high impact exercises that can put too much stress on the joints, so doctors recommend against these activities. Although the pain and damage is already there, losing excess weight could ease the pain and could prevent the progression of the arthritis damage. Swimming, cycling (on a stationary bike), yoga and  tai chi are some of the activities that are highly recommended for patients with arthritis, not only to lose weight but also to strengthen and improve their overall health.

There are also exercises or weight loss programs especially designed for each patient, it really depends on the area affected and the extent of the damage. Enhancement therapies are also great options to consider.

References:

http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/extra_pounds_health_woes.htm

http://www.hopkinsarthritis.org/patient-corner/disease-management/role-of-body-weight-in-osteoarthritis/

http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/features/lose-weight?page=2

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Hearty Salmon Recipes

Salmon with Ginger and PeachesAs I have shared on my recent post, Salmon (Salmonidae)  is considered an arthritis-fighting food. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids that fights heart disease and improves blood circulation. It is also a great source of protein and vitamin D that makes the bones, tissues, and cartilages stronger and boosts immune function.

It is best to prepare Salmon in a healthy way, so as not to affect its nutritional value. Best methods are grilling, baking, poaching and steaming. It is also recommended not to overcook it so you won’t lose some nutrients and also its succulent texture and distinct taste.

Here is a family favorite Grilled Salmon recipe with Ginger and Peaches:

Ingredients are:

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 medium red onions, cut into wedges
  • 3 peaches, cut into wedges
  • 4 6-ounce salmon steaks (about 1 inch thick)

How to pull it together:

  1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, ginger, thyme, 3 tablespoons of the oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss the onions, peaches, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Season the salmon with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Grill the salmon and onions until salmon is opaque throughout and onions are tender, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  5. After flipping the salmon, place the peaches on the grill and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  6. Drizzle the salmon with the vinaigrette and serve with the onions and peaches.

Got this recipe from http://www.realsimple.com by Sara Quessenberry and Kate Merker , August, 2008

Food for the Joints

Foods-+that-+reduce-+arthritis-painLiving with arthritis sure is never easy. But it is surprising to learn that there are certain food types that are nutrient-packed, filling, tasty, and helps combat arthritis pain. Should you decide to get medical help with your arthritis or try alternatives such us stem cell therapy or PRP injections, it would be best to watch your diet too.

Here is a list of delicious foods that are sources of nutrients that are known to ease the pain of the joints.

  • Salmon Sushi

    Salmon Sushi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Salmon- this cold-water fish contains healthy omega 3 fatty oils, calcium, vitamin D, and folate. Besides helping with arthritis, eating salmon may protect the cardiovascular system by preventing blood clots, repairing artery damage, raising levels of good cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.

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    Bananas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Bananas- almost everybody knows that this fruit is rich in potassium, but it doesn’t stop to that. Bananas are also packed with nutrients known to calm pain of the joints. It is rich in vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. You can eat the fruit or to make things more fun and delicious, incorporate them in your desserts, or turn them into smoothies.

  • Various colors of the capsicum fruit (sweet pe...

    Various colors of the capsicum fruit (sweet peppers) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Sweet peppers- Did you know that aside from citrus fruits, sweet peppers are a greater source of vitamin C? A single green pepper contains 176% of your daily needs, while the red and yellow ones contains double that amount. They also contain vitamin B6 and Folate, as I have already mentioned, are nutrients that battle arthritis. Cook them as a side dish, using its sweetness to balance salt and pepper on a meat dish, or blend them in with your celery or carrot juice. You ca also stuff them with almost anything and bake them, not only they are pleasing to the eyes, the aroma and the taste are all to die for.

  • A steamed tail-on shrimp.

    A steamed tail-on shrimp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Shrimp- Not only they are delicious and tasty, shrimps are also packed with vitamin D- 3 ounces providing 30% of the recommended daily amount. Shrimp also contains omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin C. The best part is, shrimp is very easy to cook, it can be grilled, sauteed, stir-fried, baked, or boiled. You can eat it with rice, pasta, bread or a salad. Possibilities are endless and very delicious.

  • Soybeanss

    Soybeanss (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Soy products- Soybeans, tofu, soy milk and edamame- all of these stuff are good and healthy. They protect the bones, making it stronger and tougher, thanks to compounds called isoflavones and nutrients such as calcium and vitamin E. These stuff also have cardiovascular benefits, and great for people who are sensitive to lactose and best for people who avoids cholesterol too. Vegans also benefit from soy product since they are great meat substitutes.

  • The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet po...

    The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato, commonly referred to as a yam in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Sweet potatoes- This vegetable is so nutritious that they once topped the list of the Center for Science in the Public Interest for vegetables ranked according to their nutritional value. Vitamin C, Folate, vitamin B6, dietary fibers and carbohydrates are found abundant in this vegetable, especially when eaten fresh and with the skin on. Make sure you don’t store them in the fridge, or you’ll lose some of its essential nutrients.

  • Variety of cheeses on serving platter

    Cheese platter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Cheese- I know only a few people who doesn’t love cheese. But as for me, I really love them, especially cheddar, parmesan and gruyere. Cheese can be nibbled plainly as a snack, can be made into sandwiches, can be grated and sprinkled to a lot of dishes and can be spreaded into fruits and vegetables. The hard cheese varieties are filled with vitamin B6 and folate. It is an excellent source of calcium and protein for the bones, muscles and joint-supporting tissues.

  • To discourage seed predators, pulses contain t...

    Lentils (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Lentils- These dried legumes, with their rainbow of earthy colors, are prime sources of folate, with a single cup providing about 90 percent of your daily needs. But lentils also provide one of the richest plant-based sources of protein, contain large amounts of soluble dietary fiber, and hold significant stores of vitamin B6. These and other nutrients make lentils protect the body against heart disease and cancer in addition to arthritis.

  • Green tea

    Green tea (Photo credit: Dano)

    Green tea- This mild, slightly astringent tea contains hundreds of powerful antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols and has been cited for helping prevent problems ranging from cancer to heart disease. But studies also suggest green tea may help prevent or ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. In one study of induced arthritis in mice, green tea cut the disease onset rate almost in half, and follow-up studies by the same researchers, at Case Western Reserve University, in Ohio, show promise in humans.

Credits:

http://www.sweetadditions.net

http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/9-delicious-ways-to-fight-arthritis/

Grey Matters

Very surprising to know that some of the things I do and stuff I eat actually contributes to having grey hair earlier than its suppose to appear.. Great post!

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Grey Hair Complete Guide:

Turning grey before your time is laudable only if you’re anywhere near as hot as Richard Gere! But reality stays that dealing premature grey hair is very taxing. Do not give up hope, there’s a remedy for all problems. Read on to find out how you can tackle grey hair and be happy.

Grey Hair

Grey’s Anatomy:The color of your hair is determined by the pigment melanin produced in the hair follicle. The concentration of this pigment results in the spectrum of hair colors ranging from black to blonde, with very fair hair having almost no melanin. Greying of hair is caused by the reduction of melamocytes (melanin producing cells) in the hair follicles.

Causes And Remedies:

1. Heredity: Premature greying for the large part is hereditary, except maybe in cases where the body goes through extreme shock which render the hair follicles defunct.

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Many Morning Rituals

Morning RitualsEvery person really is unique. Each of us have their own tastes, likes and dislikes that defines our individuality. I am not really a morning person, so in times that I have to wake up really early, that’s where I get to observe that many people really have morning rituals.

As an example, I noticed my niece always turns on the radio or pop in some lively tunes and  reads the morning paper while sipping coffee. After 3 or 4 tracks, she starts eating breakfast then takes a bath and gets ready for work.

My friend Fifi, as soon as she gets out of bed, drinks a glass of lukewarm water, washes her face, puts on her morning facial cream, then cooks breakfast. When the food is ready, she washes off the cream, makes an all natural carrot juice or orange juice and eats breakfast. She hits the shower and takes an hour before she comes out and another half an hour for her to put on creams, moisturizer, sunblock, etc.

My husband, when he wakes up, heads straight to our garden, examine the plants, or…come to think of it..I think he talks to them :). He also does a little stretching and comes in after he’s all warmed up with sunlight. I always liked the sweet red glow of his skin, and the way it turns pink as he drinks cold milk. He gets the morning paper, and we have breakfast together (if I am already awake, of course LOL).

As for me, as soon as I wake up, I say a little prayer, I stand in the front of the mirror, do a little stretching, look at the photos on my bedroom wall. I pour myself a glass of cold water and proceed to prepare breakfast for the whole family. Usually rice or bread, fried egg, ham or sausage, a fruit and choco milk for the kids and coffee for the grown ups (milk for my honey). The whole family gathers for a heavy breakfast and it always works but may I remind you that it is never THAT early, or if it is, I go back to bed and sleep again or just linger and indulge on happy thoughts.

How about you? Do you have morning beauty rituals to share? How about unique morning rituals?

Food for Great Performance

hmmm….looks good and seems so easy to cook…might try this with turkey..not beef.. 😀

the don of the game

healthy-turkey-chiliFood is essential to maximize a sportsman’s performance. Eating a balanced and power packed diet should be practiced as a way of life and not only implemented during game season.

I would like to share with you a very healthy recipe that I have tried and tested to boost performance and will make you so ready to put your game face on. This recipe is easy to do, quick and very delicious.

High Protein and High Fiber Chili

This dish gets a hefty dose of protein from the extra lean ground meat and beans as well as a punch of vitamins and antioxidants from the tomatoes, peppers, and carrots.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of browned extra lean ground beef or ground turkey breast
  • 1 bag shredded carrots
  • 1 can drained spicy pinto or kidney beans
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 cup chopped celery

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Enhancement Therapies

physicalTherapyAs I have mentioned on my previous posts, I have undergone stem cell therapy and now have been able to manage my knee pain with the help of a very good doctor. But it is best to undergo enhancement therapies to get the maximum benefits of the stem cell treatment. The therapies work with your body and are all natural enhancers, including physical therapy, herbal supplements, enzymes supplements and cytokine therapy.

Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy

Also known as physiotherapy or PT involves a physical therapist who is trained and assist in rehabilitation through massage, heat treatment, stimulation and exercise. Physical Therapist will train and assist you on specific routines and methods to strengthen surrounding muscles to improve joint or muscle mobility and use. Physical therapy also increases blood circulation to the treated areas. Proper circulation is a vital and direct component in proper healing and transit of growth factors, stem cells and cytokines. Physical therapy has been shown to decrease pain and speed up recovery.

cytokineCytokine Therapy

Cytokines play a crucial role in healing and repair. Cytokines tell the rest of your body where and how repair should take place. Cytokines have numerous benefits and have also been used without stem cells. In conjunction with stem cells the regenerative process is further enhanced and creates the ultimate stem cell treatment plan.

Supplements

There are specific enzymes and herbal remedies that enhance stem cell response and regeneration. A list of these supplements include herbal remedies such as green tea extract, velvet deer antler, L-argenine, Melatonin, and cytokine stimulants.

orthopedic bracesOrthopedic Braces and Circulation Stimulators

As states with physical therapy, Circulation is a vital component for proper healing and regeneration during stem cell therapy. We have teamed with medical suppliers who have created stimulating supports, braces and sleeves. These stem cell enhancers increase circulation through electrical impulses called a pacemaker.

Refreshing DIY Body Scrubs

DIY body scrubs

Exfoliation is a great way to keep our skin fresh, soft and glowing. Believe it or not, exfoliating need not be expensive and can be done in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to go to a store either, you can whip up your own scrub and it safer because you actually made it. No harsh chemicals, no artificial stuff. Before exfoliation, prep up your skin, wash it first with lukewarm water or better yet, have a steam bath. Massage the scrubs using gentle, circular motions, then rinse with lukewarm water, followed by cold water to reseal the pores. These scrubs are also great to be given as gifts to family and friends. You can put it in a nice jar or container, tie a gift card using a ribbon and you got yourself a personalized gift for your loved ones.

Here are two of my favorite body scrub recipes:

Glowing Skin Body Scrub

You’ll need:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 cup white cane sugar
  • 1-3 drops lavender essential oil

Whip it up:

Whisk together the olive oil, sweet almond oil (find it at health food stores), sugar and essential oil. Pour into a container with an airtight lid. It should last 2-3 weeks if kept away from water (it dissolves the sugar).

Use a tablespoon scoop to dish out a few dollops once or twice a week, scrub, and rinse.

Why it’s sooo good:

The olive oil is full of vitamins and minerals that can help firm and moisturize.  The lavender is great for healing damaged skin like cuts and burns, and regenerating skin cells.

Bonus:

You can substitute the sugar with rock salt to make it coarse, and voila! you got yourself a good foot scrub.

Coco Brown Sugar Body Scrub

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil. If the oil has solidified, simply put it into a pan with some warm water and allow it to sit for a few minutes until it becomes liquefied once again.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whip it up:

First, add the brown sugar to your glass jar. Add the coconut oil to the brown sugar and stir until thoroughly combined.  Add a little more oil if necessary to achieve your desired texture. Finally, add in the vanilla extract and mix well.

Why it’s sooo good:

The coconut oil is a natural skin moisturizer and is great for healing damaged skin like cuts and burns, and regenerating skin cells. Vanilla extract has a cooling effect and is great for soothing burns and rashes.

Bonus:

You can also use this scrub as a quick pain relief for minus cuts and burns.

Conditions Treated by Stem Cells and PRP

stem-cell-osteoarthritis-kneeStem Cell Therapy has been around for many years, though many people still think of it as something new or something that only happens in the movies. Once only accessible to athletes and stars, now offered to anyone that qualifies. Treating various diseases such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis, partial ligament tears and localized pain, just to name a few. The process is an auto-graft, harvesting what your own body produces and concentrating the most vital components which assist in healing.

stemCellTreatmentStem cell treatment and platelet rich plasma therapy are regenerative medicine techniques for relief of pain and other symptoms in the joints. No matter where you are experiencing pain, there is a regenerative technique for your orthopedic needs. Conditions that can be treated include but not limited to the following:

Spine

  • Sacroiliac Joint Treatment
  • Iliolumbar Ligaments Treatment
  • Facet Joints Treatment
  • Interspinous Ligaments Treatment

Shoulders

  • Rotator Cuff–Partial Tears Treatment
  • Biceps Tendinosis Treatment
  • Chronic Glenohumeral Ligament Sprains Treatment
  • Levator Scapulae Tendinosis Treatment

Elbows

  • Epicondylitis–Medial and Lateral–Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow Treatment
  • Biceps Tendinosis Treatment
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury Treatment
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Partial Tear Treatment

Wrist & Hand

  • Chronic Thumb Sprain Treatment
  • Joint Arthritis Treatment

Hip/Pelvis/SI joints

  • Spiriformis Syndrome Treatment
  • Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Treatment
  • Hamstring Strain Treatment
  • Ischial Tuberosity Bursitis Treatment
  • Hip Joint Arthritis Treatment
  • Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head Treatment
  • Symphysis Pubis Pain Treatment

Knee

  • Patellar Tendonitis/Tendinosis Treatment
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease Treatment
  • Quadraceps Strain or Partial Tear Treatment
  • Degenerative Arthritis Treatment
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
  • Chondromalacia Patella Treatment
  • Enthesopathy Treatment

Lower Leg

  • Calf Pain Treatment

Ankle & Foot

  • Chronic Ligament Strains Treatment
  • Chronic Achilles Tendinosis Treatment
  • Chronic Partial Tendon Tear Treatment
  • Plantar Fascitis Treatment

*Please note that a thorough assessment would be done to determine which treatments suit the condition. The method of treating the condition depends upon the severity of the condition, age of the patient, and other factors.

Gray Hair, Arthritis and Other Signs of Ageing

age gracefullyMany quotes, sayings, opinions and ideas are about ageing. A lot of people say that age is just a number, it should not define how we should live life or be a gauge on the things that we can and cannot do.  Age is relative they say. Only our bodies age, not our hearts.

As for me, I really feel young, I sometimes think I look younger than my age, but photos reveal a different thing. I now see lines or “wrinkles” on places where they were not there before. I also hear cracking noises when I stretch my arms, and I now experience arthritis pain on my hands and feet.

I also have a few gray hairs, and have falling hair episodes frequently, more than ever. I tried to find some answers if these things are really signs of ageing, and here’s what I found out.

7 Signs of Ageing:

  • Snoring– It may be a symptom of Sleep Apnea, serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you also have problems in concentrating or with your memory, and fall asleep while watching TV or driving, it is time to go to your doctor.
  • Inflamed red eyes– it may be a sign of arthritis – the painful inflammation and stiffening of joints. This is an early warning sign, the sooner you treat arthritis, the less pain you have to endure.
  • Gray, dull skin– If your skin doesn’t “glow” the way it used to, accompanied by anemia, exfoliation is not the answer, you may be in for a more serious problem. Kidney failure can cause dull skin and anemia.
  • Loss of Smell– losing your sense of smell may be an early warning sign of Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s. Take a small smell test by holding an open rubbing-alcohol swab by your belly button and slowly raising it to your nose. If you can smell the swab 8 to 12 inches away from your nose, your sense of smell is normal. But if you only start to smell it 4 inches away, it indicates a loss of smell.
  • Back, neck and joints aching– occasional aches and pains when you walk or sit up for too long, neck and back aches or become stiff when driving for too long or you have been sitting on a hard chair may be normal. But extreme pain on one or more joints after carrying a not so heavy object, feeling discomfort getting out of the car, wear and tear on the knees, not being able to turn your neck, and joint and back pain waking you up in the middle of the night are warning signs and suggests that you visit a doctor to get treatments or medications.
  • Poor vision– From the age of 45, it’s common not to be able to read small print. Regardless of your age, changes such as cloudy vision, sudden blurring or seeing straight lines as wiggly require immediate medical attention.
  • Thinning, graying, and falling hair– other look of aging hair are changes in hair texture, thinning, lack of shine, damaged hair, and diminished volume. So while gray hair may certainly be the most telltale sign of aging hair, it’s certainly not the only sign of aging hair.