Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis triggered by high levels of uric acid in the blood. Gout causes swollen, red, hot and stiff joints. Normally, uric acid dissolves in the blood. It passes through the kidneys and out of the body in urine. But sometimes uric acid can build up and form needle-like crystals. … Continue reading Does GOUT got you down?
Music. It makes us happy or it makes us cry - depends on the song and what emotion it evokes. Music connects us to memories. We sing if we hear a song even if we are not good singers. We tap our toes, snap our fingers, we move our arms, legs, heads, or our entire … Continue reading Music, Movement & Joy
This is a guest blog from my friend, Chamayne Metcalfe Johnson. Chamayne and I graduated from high school together in 1981 and are 55 this year. Age 55 may not be the same as it was for our mothers, but the years tick on for all of us. One thing that is different for us … Continue reading Chamayne – Why She Runs
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the "good" types of fat that blunt inflammatory responses. They may help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients; like all other essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, they are used routinely by the body in critical metabolic … Continue reading Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Cortisol is a stress-induced chemical that is produced by the adrenal glands. This "stress hormone" helps regulate blood pressure and the immune system during a sudden crisis, whether a physical attack or an emotional setback. This helps you to tap into your energy reserves and increases your ability to fight off infection. The trouble is, … Continue reading Cortisol & Lowering Your Stress Levels
Looking ahead to the day? Here are 4 things that you can do each morning to get your day started & give your body and mind some Oomph. 1. STRETCH before you get out of bed. Move those joints (ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck) and those big muscle muscle groups ( legs, chest, … Continue reading Get Your Morning Started Right
Arthritis pain and stiffness can make you feel that you don’t want to move, so you find yourself sitting more and moving less. That seems like the thing to do, but it isn’t. Our joints need movement. When healthy joints move, the bones glide against one another little friction due to a layer of slick … Continue reading OSTEOARTHRITIS. Eat Well & Move your Joints!
Warmer weather is nudging its way to us and getting outside on a regular basis will be a reality that I encourage to embrace. The simple act of walking has so many health benefits that if the pharmaceutical companies could capture all the benefits and stuff them into a capsule they’d surely do it and … Continue reading Love for your Body, Mind & Spirit
Arthritis pain and stiffness can make you feel that you don’t want to move, so you find yourself sitting more and moving less. That seems like the thing to do, but it isn’t. Our joints need movement. When healthy joints move, the bones glide against one another little friction due to a layer of slick … Continue reading Eating for Arthritis
In the years of March 2011 - January 2017 I ate a total of 2 doughnuts. I ate 2 doughnuts this past Friday. I ate 2 doughnuts on Thursday. I ate 2 doughnuts and a bear claw on Wednesday. I've eaten doughnuts all darn year. Every time I ate one I told myself not to … Continue reading I’ve wrecked my train
Congrats! You are a Chicken. What? But I want to be an Eagle! What do you mean I'm a chicken? You are a Fabulous chicken! Isn't that what you were going after? No. No! I want to be an Eagle, I've been working at being an Eagle. Do you see what just happened here? It is like … Continue reading Congrats! You are a Chicken
You've decided it is time to get in shape and get healthier. You embark on a diet and a workout plan. You start eating "healthy" and you launch into a rigorous exercise regimen. You stick with it for a while until you just get tired of it. You get hungry. You feel deprived. You get tired of worrying about … Continue reading Food or Calories? Which to Focus On?