Friday, June 15, 2012

10 Steps To Fight Arthritis Naturally

Arthritis is a common health condition in the United States.

It is considered as one of the most expensive health conditions, but unfortunately many people are still solely relying on medications which in fact often cause more harm than good.

If you want to cure arthritis naturally, it is actually possible. Clint Paddison, an ex-severe rheumatoid arthritis sufferer who is now an ambassador for Arthritis in New South Wales, has completely eliminated the condition.

Clint is not an arthritis expert, but he knows what he's talking about. Although he is not a doctor, he gained an honors degree from Macquarie University in Sidney, Australia, for his studies and research. From his years of research, he finally managed to create the "Paddison Program" so others can also be free from RA just like he is now.

Here's a free video presentation of Clint explaining how he managed to cure his RA:

Now if you want some tips to start beating arthritis, you can check out the 10 “arthritis fighters” below to start improving your health, or even reduce your drug dependency (after you consult with your health care professional):

1. Get The Proper Diagnosis

First and foremost, arthritis is your enemy so you have to know what you are facing, a.k.a know what type of arthritis you’re dealing with. As an alternative to MRIs, you can take Ultrasound for arthritis which is used more often these days as it gives more accurate diagnosis, less invasive, plus it is more affordable to MRIs and X-rays.

2. Do You Have Other Conditions?

If you have other health conditions like diabetes, stress, or hypertension, you should make sure that they are under control.

If you don’t do this, you will be more at risk of being affected negatively by inflammation. For those that haven’t been diagnosed with arthritis, this can help prevent this particular condition from developing.

3. Anti-inflammatory Diet

Inflammation causes arthritis, and the proper diet is one factor that can significantly help with this. Therefore, you should avoid the foods that can make inflammation worse, and start eating those that can reduce it.

4. Eat “Healing Foods”

You need to eat more vegetables, but instead of heavily cooked and canned ones, you should eat fresh vegetables. Broccoli, beans, and spinach are the perfect examples of foods that heal.

5. Being More Active Physically Won't Hurt Your Joints

If you have arthritis, exercising, if done properly, can help you improve the condition.

If you think that it can damage your joints, then you shouldn’t worry as exercising should be started slowly, and you can also work with a professional trainer. You can refer to this exercise programs for arthritis post to learn more.

6. Make Sure You Get Enough Vitamin D

Approximately, 75% of people in the U.S. don’t get enough vitamin D. This vitamin is very beneficial for us, but specifically for those with arthritis, it is advantageous to the joints. This is because every cell in your body, including in the joints, has a receptor for vitamin D.

Various researches even reveal that people living with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis tend to have lower vitamin D levels than the general public.

7. Reduce Pain Relievers

Immediately withdrawing from drugs is absolutely not recommended, as it can be life-threatening. Therefore, you can talk to your doctor on how to do this, because taking pain pills can lead to more harm than good if done over the long term.

If start changing your diet as well as exercise habits, eventually you will not need drugs with dose as high as when you haven’t made the changes.

8. Write A Diary

Studies have proven that recording what you eat, when you do exercise, as well as what you feel will make you be more successful in sticking to a plan.

9. Be Consistent

If have change your habits and felt better, and never ever go back to your bad habits!

10. Make a plan

You should create a general plan and make some achievable goals to begin with. After that, you can add some more goals. Be committed to your plan, and ultimately you’ll get what you’ve dreamt of.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

5 Factors That Can Contribute To Arthritis You Might Not Know About


Arthritis is a common condition affecting millions of Americans each year. There are different types of arthritis, but the most common is osteoarthritis.

This health problem is caused when there is cartilage (which functions to protect the joints) breakdown. If you don’t have a normal amount of cartilage, the bones will rub against each other so you may feel pain, inflammation / swelling, as well as stiffness.

If you go to your doctor and ask how you can have arthritis, you may hear that it’s because of multiple causes, inflammation or genetic factors.  Yes, there are different things that can lead to arthritis, but there are factors that your doctor may not tell you. 

Here are 5 factors that may lead to arthritis you might not know about:

1.   Vitamin C Deficiency

Vitamin C deficiency can lead to arthritis because it is important for proper tissue development. This specifically applies to tissues such as cartilage that is exposed to physical stress. Researchers from Duke University researchers revealed that those didn’t have enough vitamin C were more prone of osteoarthritis.

Besides correcting your vitamin C deficiency, you should also not ignore your vitamin D levels.

2.  Cigarette Smoking

We all know that smoking can cause various diseases like cancer, heart disease, etc. Smoking itself is linked to arthritis because it increases the amount of nicotine in the blood so that blood vessels will constrict. If this happens, there will be a lack of nutrient supplies to the bones. It also significantly increases the levels of inflammation in the body.  

3.  Too Much Watching TV

When you watch TV too much, it is more likely that you will do less physical activities and gain some extra pounds. In addition, you will tend to get your favorite (and more often than not, unhealthy) snacks when you’re sitting in front of your TV. That’s why this can often lead to arthritis.

Oh, and did you know that reading or any desk work actually burns more calories than watching TV?

4.  Teflon Chemical

An article published on the Reuters website reveals that drinking water contaminated with a chemical used in non-stick coatings for pots, pans, furniture, etc may contribute to arthritis.

The article exposed that according to a study done by researchers at the School of Medicine at West Virginia University; those having the highest levels of perfluorooctanoate - or PPFOA, a chemical part of Teflon processing – in their bloodstream were 40% more at risk of developing the condition.  

5.  Food Intolerance

Being allergic to certain foods may contribute to arthritis, because lectins (sugar-binding proteins) are involved in food intolerance and inflammation. Researchers reveal that lectins may cause the material which is normally kept inside the gut to leak into the body. This then may lead to an immune reaction as well as inflammation in the joints.

Those are just some factors that can lead to arthritis. But don’t worry, this condition can be beaten. You can check out Clint Paddison's Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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