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Natural Ways to Knock Out Arthritis Pain

Natural Ways to Knock Out Arthritis Pain

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At least one in four of us has osteo or rheumatoid arthritis right now, and millions more will be diagnosed this year. The great news is that several common supplements and foods have recently been proven to prevent arthritis pain-or deliver relief fast if you’re already achy!

Consume healthy fats.

Eating two avocados and 12 oz. of fish weekly can cut your risk of developing any form of arthritis by as much as 52%. Researchers credit the healthy fats in both foods with neutralizing inflammation-triggering proteins and wastes before they damage joint tissue. And the selenium in fish strengthens cartilage, making it 38% more shock-absorbent.

Try pine bark extract.

A daily 200-mg. dose of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol cut arthritis patients’ pain almost 50% and their need for prescription arthritis meds 58% within three months. This nutrient-rich plant extract ups blood flow to damaged joints, flushing out pain-triggering wastes and speeding healing.

Have a drink.

Drinking one alcoholic beverage a day cuts a woman’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Women who drank beer two to four times weekly saw their risk plunge 31%. Small doses of alcohol activate enzymes that help immune cells stay “smart,” so they attack invaders, but not healthy joint cartilage-and the procyanidins in beer enhance that protective effect.

Consume orange produce.

Cryptoxanthin, the pigment that gives tangerines, pumpkins, carrots, and other orange foods their vibrant hue, speeds joint repair, easing arthritis-related aches and pains. Aim for one cup of your favorite orange fruit or vegetable daily.

Use olive oil.

Adding three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to your daily diet could make getting out of chairs, climbing stairs and even squatting a whole lot easier, often within six weeks. Extra-virgin olive oil is the only natural source of oleocanthal, a compound that cuts inflammation and discomfort as effectively as taking 200 mg. daily of ibuprofen.

Indulge in a lavender rub.

Lavender essential oil is well-known for its relaxing aroma. Less known is that the oil also contains a powerful natural painkilling compound called linalyl acetate. Simply applying the oil to tender spots twice a day can calm overactive nerves, soothing your achy joints in as little as 24 hours. Mix five drops of lavender essential oil into a dime-sized dollop of your favorite lotion and massage gently into the skin.

Drink milk.

For years, doctors have been telling us milk builds strong bones. Now researchers say it builds strong cartilage, too! The cartilage of women who drank at least 8 oz. of milk daily(cheese and yogurt didn’t provide this protection) was 32% thicker and stronger. The calcium and amino acids milk stimulate the repair and replacement of cartilage weakened by everyday wear and tear.

Consume grapes to tame inflammation.

Arthritis patients who eat two cups of grapes daily can bend, stand, climb stairs and exercise more easily within four months. Grapes have joint-healing compounds that also reduce inflammation inside tissues.

Chop some onions.

Eating just two cups weekly (raw or cooked) can lower your risk of ever being diagnosed with arthritis, and it can help your joints stay flexible and strong even if they do experience wear and tear. Onions contain quercetin and sulfur, nutrients that shield cartilage from damage and encourage healing if it does occur.

Natural Ways to Reduce The Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Natural Ways to Reduce The Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Are you worried about getting Alzheimer’s disease? You’re not alone! It’s one of the top health concerns. Fortunately, these strategies make it easy to keep your brain healthy and dramatically reduce your risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Take vitamin D & cocoa flavonoids.

Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D and 450 mg. of cocoa flavanols daily can decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by 41% or more, according to Harvard research. Vitamin D blocks damaging inflammation inside the brain, while cocoa switches on enzymes that fix damaged neurons.

Eat eggs

One egg delivers 33% of your daily requirement for choline, a B vitamin that reduces brain aging and can even improve memory, focus, and concentration in as little as two weeks. Other excellent sources of choline include chicken, shrimp, and scallops. Or you can take a 450 mg. supplement daily.

Eat mushrooms

Add 1/2 cup of mushrooms to your diet. It is a delicious way to keep your brain young and your memory clear. Mushrooms are full of nutrients that help your brain and use blood sugar. And when your brain cells get a regular dose of glucose, it cuts your risk of memory problems by 45%.

Take regular walks.

Taking a 20-minute walk each day can cut your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Walking incites the release of a chemical that grows healthy new brain cells. It increases the size of your memory center by 2% per year- instead of it shrinking.

Enjoy raspberries.

Fresh or frozen, raspberries are abundant in resveratrol, a compound that blocks the production of artery-clogging plaque, improving the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain.

Get your hearing checked

When you can hear clearly, your brain is constantly stimulated by what’s going on around you. That keeps the memory center of your brain healthy and active. If you often find yourself saying, “pardon me,” ask your M.D. how to boost your hearing. It could be as simple as flushing out wax buildup.

Pair vitamin C with curcumin

Together, vitamin C and curcumin significantly increase your body’s production of the immune cells that break down troublemaking brain plaques. Proven dose: 1,000 mg. of vitamin C and 500 mg. of curcumin daily.

Indulge in a mini massage 

The stress hormone cortisol doesn’t only make you feel nervous and uneasy. It also makes your immune cells sluggish, so they have a harder time killing off germs. Reduce your cortisol production by at least 25% for 90 minutes by giving yourself a two-minute ear or hand massage whenever you start feeling anxious.

Stay warm

Keep comfortably warm with a hat and an extra layer of clothing on chilly days. That can re-energize your white blood cells so they stay active.

Quick Fix: Here's How to Banish Allergens From Your Bedroom

Quick Fix: Here’s How to Banish Allergens From Your Bedroom

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Where do you go when you feel stuffed up and sluggish? To bed, of course! However, you might not realize that hidden allergens in your bedroom might be creating those bothersome symptoms. Luckily, a few easy changes can reduce problems, helping you breathe easy and get rid of daytime tiredness within one week!

Get rid of the dust with vinegar.

Dusting each week with a cloth lightly sprinkled in diluted white vinegar (1/2 cup vinegar per 1/2 gallon of water) can triple the dust, dander, and germs that you get rid of from your bedroom, reducing congestion, an itchy throat, and other sleep-depriving symptoms in as little as ten days.

Try repotting your houseplants.

The soil in a lot of potted plants gives off mold spores, which can trigger throat inflammation, a dry cough, and other symptoms. Since mold flourishes in damp conditions, choosing plants that stay healthy even if they’re allowed to dry out between waterings can decrease mold growth dramatically.

Use soy candles.

Paraffin wax candles give off many chemicals, and many of those chemicals aggravate your airway, leading to throat irritation, chest tightness, and sometimes wheezing. Switching over to naturally scented or fragrance-free organic soy-based candles should make the problem disappear!

Replace your vacuum filter.

Bedroom carpets can hide up to 100 times more dust and dander than wood floors. Instead, get rid of those irritants by vacuuming your bedroom twice a week and replacing your vacuum filter every six months. Those steps can often help with tiredness, congestion, and other allergy symptoms.

Open the windows.

A tightly sealed bedroom during the winter months can lead to low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels that leave you foggy and sleepy. Open your bedroom windows for five minutes in the morning and again at night and let carbon dioxide out and oxygen in