July 22, 2016
Physical Health / Seniors
Each year, July is celebrated as National Arthritis Awareness Month due to the fact that over 46 million Americans are affected by arthritis—61 percent of them being...
Each year, July is celebrated as National Arthritis Awareness Month due to the fact that over 46 million Americans are affected by arthritis—61 percent of them being women. The swelling and stiffness that arthritis victims notice in their joints occurs once the cartilage – that cushions their bones, and allows them to move smoothly – begins to wear away. Once the cartilage can no longer support the movement of their bones, they begin to feel the pain.
Although there are over 100 different types of Arthritis, the two most common are: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While OA occurs from normal wear and tear, RA is caused by your immune system attacking the tissues of the body. The likelihood of getting arthritis grows with age, but it is not exclusive to the elderly.
The most common symptoms a person with onset arthritis will feel are: joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. If you are suffering from arthritis, you will also begin to notice that your motion range will decrease. Having your symptoms being the worst in the mornings is common.
Here are some prevention tips to help you reduce your risk of early onset arthritis:
Maintain and control your body weight
The more pressure you put on your joints, the quicker the cartilage will begin to wear away. Losing weight is the main prevention and treatment for the pain arthritis gives you.
Cartilage is made mostly of water, so when we are dehydrated, the body goes into shock and takes all the water from the cartilage.
For those who play sports, arthritis symptoms show earlier because of the constant injuries. When you continuously injure your joints, such as the knee, the cartilage will wear away quicker than it normally would have.
Ladies, trade in your heels
Your bodies are not made to be on your feet for long hours of the day. When you wear heels, they put an excessive amount of pressure on your joints.
Protect your joints
Always aim to use the best posture when doings tasks that use different muscles in the body (e.g. lifting boxes, working out, continuous up-and-down movement). When you become mindful of protecting your joints, you will notice less pressure on your bones.
If you feel as though you have arthritis or experiencing symptoms, contact your physician.
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July 08, 2016
Physical Health / Safety
With summer upon us, we all are feeling the urge to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. However as it gets progressively hotter outside, heat safety becomes...
With summer upon us, we all are feeling the urge to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. However as it gets progressively hotter outside, heat safety becomes increasingly important to prevent dehydration and other related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. WebMd defines dehydration as “… a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in.” Too often people lose track of how much water they’ve had during a hot day and can end up suffering the symptoms of dehydration. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, some of the symptoms of dehydration include:
If gone untreated, dehydration can eventually lead to more serious problems such as heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help prevent dehydration and stay safe this summer:
Take water breaks
Make it a point to stop what you’re doing every so often and take a 5-minute water break to cool your body down and rehydrate.
Schedule your outdoor activity
If possible, try scheduling your physical activities around cooler parts of the day to help limit the amount of mid-day heat that you’re exposed to.
All beverages are not created equal
We can’t stress enough that drinking liquid doesn’t always mean you’re staying hydrated. Some beverages like coffee, cola and alcohol are considered diuretics — which increase your urine production and actually contribute to your dehydration!
Don’t forget the electrolytes
Electrolytes are essential to our body’s functions and during extreme dehydration they can be depleted. Recharge your body’s electrolytes with appropriate sports drinks, coconut water or even potassium-rich fruits like bananas.
Keep it light & keep it loose
Dark colors absorb the sunlight, so try and wear lighter colored clothing that fits loosely to prevent over-heating.
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