Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods

Inflammation, Natural Healing, Nutrition, Pain relief
Below are 3 of the many Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods that you can start benefiting from today. Green Tea Green Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, including improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-fighting properties. Green tea is also the least processed of all the predominant types of tea: green, black and oolong. Pistachios A 2009 study found that bioactive compounds in pistachio, and molecules present in pistachios, have anti-inflammatory properties. Pistachio oil decreases levels of an inflammatory marker known as “lift-2.” Pistachios are nutrient dense and provide protein, fiber micronutrients, plant sterols, gamma-tocopherol and other phytochemical compounds, including flavanoids and phenolic compounds. Overall, they are an excellent weapon in…
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Lower Back Pain Risk Factors

Back Pain, Fitness, Inflammation, Pain relief
Beyond underlying diseases, there are other Lower Back Pain Risk Factors to consider, including: Age: The first attack of low back pain typically occurs between the ages of 30 and 50, and back pain becomes more common with advancing age. As people grow older, loss of bone strength from osteoporosis can lead to fractures, and at the same time, muscle elasticity and tone decrease. The intervertebral discs begin to lose fluid and flexibility with age, which decreases their ability to cushion the vertebrae. The risk of spinal stenosis also increases with age. Fitness level: Back pain is more common among people who are not physically fit. Weak back and abdominal muscles may not properly support the spine. “Weekend warriors”—people who go out and exercise a lot after being inactive all…
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A Guide To Lower Back Pain

Back Pain, Fitness, Inflammation, Pain relief
If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a quarter of adults reported experiencing low back pain during the past 3 months. Men and women are equally affected by lower back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person incapacitated. Pain can begin abruptly as a result of an accident or by lifting something heavy, or it can develop over time due to age-related changes of the spine. Sedentary lifestyles also can set the stage for low back…
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Inflammation And The Aging Process

Anti Aging, Health, Inflammation
Inflammation is a biological process that has received quite a bit of press in recent years and has been the subject of numerous different health trends, most popularly in the fields of diet and weight loss. Inflammation is defined by the National Institute of Health as “a very complex response to an injury, infection, or other stimulus, in which many different cells types and secreted factors orchestrate protective immunity, tissue repair, and resolution of tissue damage.” There is also a new trend of research and information that inflammation may have a key role in the aging process, with some thought-leaders surmising that inflammation is the primary cause of aging in human beings. That may or may not be true, but we can certainly review the current information available to figure…
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Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Arthritis Pain

Inflammation, Natural Healing, Pain relief
Fibromyalgia and arthritis are medical conditions that are both associated with pain that can be chronic and debilitating. While fibromyalgia involves flu-like, muscle pain throughout the body, arthritis involves joint pain and inflammation. Both diseases have no exact causes, and medical treatments range from palliative to preventive approaches. Both conditions typically lead to debilitating pain and can truly affect the quality of one’s life. Conventional Medicine Versus Complementary Alternative Treatment Methods The problem with using conventional medicine is that the effects are usually limited. Because both of these conditions are incurable, the aim of medications and treatments are often symptomatic and temporary only. On the other hand, using alternative medicine provides long-term and reliable results, which do not just address the symptoms, but prevent them from reoccurring as well. The…
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What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Health, Inflammation, Pain relief
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that results in chronic inflammation and pain in the smaller joints, such as those in your feet and hands. It differs from the more common osteoarthritis in that rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t come from wear and tear on the joints but instead affects the synovial lining of the joints so that they swell and become inflamed. Eventually, the cartilage wears away and you end up with bony erosion of the joints and severe joint deformity. As an autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis happens when the immune system attacks the tissues of the body, in this case, the tissues within your joints. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis develop symptoms in other body areas, when the autoantibodies affect the eyes, blood vessels, skin, and lungs. Rheumatoid arthritis has…
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Health Benefits Of Turmeric

Diet, Health, Inflammation, Infographics
Turmeric is a commonly used spice that originates from the Curcuma plant. We most likely know it for its spiciness and use in dishes such as curry. However, Turmeric has been extensively used within Chinese and Indian cultures, including as an anti-inflammatory. It is best consumed in its pure sense, rather than as a component of curry powder or other spices. The Western world has been slow to notice the health benefits of turmeric some of which are outlined below. Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties in Eastern cultures; this helps the body to fight infection and repair itself. It is the oil that has the scientifically proven anti-inflammatory capabilities. Curcumin, the oil derived from turmeric, has been studied in numerous experiments, and has been shown…
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Improve Mobility With Arthritis

Health, Inflammation, Pain relief, Yoga
For many people, especially the elderly, arthritis is a debilitating illness. Arthritis causes increased inflammation around the joint that can lead to immobility and pain. While there are conventional medical treatments that are available for people with arthritis, many wonder what can be done along with medication to help improve mobility with their arthritis. In fact, there are many natural methods to help manage pain and improve mobility. This article will show you five different alternative therapies and treatments that can help you manage your daily arthritis symptoms and mobility issues. Hydrotherapy Web M.D. recommends hydrotherapy as a form of exercise for those with arthritis. Hydrotherapy is similar to exercise and a pool, however, the pool tends to be warmer than a traditional swimming pool. With hydrotherapy, participants can get…
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Herbal Options for Treating Arthritis

Health, Inflammation, Pain relief
Regardless of what type of arthritis you have, one thing remains the same. They're all painful! The typical medical approach is to take some sort of pain medication (usually non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS) that might result in various side effects, such as stomach pain. Thankfully, there are some natural, herbal approaches to arthritis pain management. You may like to try a few. 1. White Willow The bark of the willow - especially the white willow - has been used to relieve pain and inflammation for decades, even centuries. It contains a substance called salicin, which is the basis for aspirin. White willow can be taken as a tea or in capsule form, preferably with food. 2. Stinging Nettle This persistent weed may provide significant relief for arthritis sufferers. You…
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Avoid Inflammation by Preventing Infection

Health, Inflammation, Pain relief
Infections are caused by tiny organisms that live everywhere. Out of the 6 types of infection, 4 are the most common – bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. All of these will trigger an inflammatory reaction. Though inflammation doesn’t necessarily mean you have an infection, an infection does mean that you have inflammation. For example, if you have strep throat, your throat will be inflamed because it’s trying to protect itself from the invading bacteria. You’ll be given antibiotics to combat the infection and after 10 days to 2 weeks, your body will have overcome the infection. Sometimes, however, even though you no longer have an infection, your body carries on with the protective inflammation. The inflammation meant to protect you goes on for too long and can end up making…
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