Osteoporosis – Natural Remedies For You

 

Osteoporosis is one of the most common bone problems people can acquire. It commonly strikes in women, though there have been cases where it has affected men. More than 25 million Americans have this terrible bone disease, with possibly many more undiagnosed, or yet to show the early signs of bone weakness.

There are many reasons why someone can be afflicted with osteoporosis. These include serious nutritional deficiency, genetic and hereditary factors, and environmental factors. All of these can lead to the development of osteoporosis.

Victims may not only be affected physically, their bones weakened and more liable to break, but also emotionally. Mobility may become restricted because of this disease, as brittle bones fracture. These bone fractures can also be very difficult to heal for someone with osteoporosis.

If you’re one of those many people suffering from osteoporosis, and are looking for an effective and reliable cure, you may be able to find it in natural osteoporosis remedies. Natural remedies are safe and effective means of treating this disease, allowing you to restore lost bone minerals and strengthen your bones, allowing you to live the life you had before osteoporosis.

Using natural osteoporosis remedies need not be difficult either, nor will you need to drink a foul-smelling concoction in order to say you’re using a natural remedy. For example, one of the most effective ways to treat osteoporosis naturally is through changing your diet. Eat foods abundant in calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin D, manganese, boron, zinc, folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12. These are some of the fundamental building blocks for your bones, and your body will need them.

Aside from changing your diet, you should also change your lifestyle, which is another important facet of natural osteoporosis remedies. Avoid substances and activities that can promote osteoporosis, like alcohol and tobacco. If the bone degeneration has not yet become extensive, you may also go on an exercise regimen – nothing too active, just enough to build up your muscles so that your bones are better supported. In addition, it’s also a known fact that exercise can help build up bones as well.

There are many other natural osteoporosis remedies, and some may be herbal in nature, while others may involve acupuncture or even massage therapy. Each have their own advantages, and each may be of great benefit to you, and others who have osteoporosis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Natural Treatment

Whilst many people take medication for rheumatoid arthritis natural treatment is often a very effective solution. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of this disease, and is where the lining of the joints becomes inflamed. The condition can become very painful, and lead to the sufferer being unable to perform certain functions. It can also become severely debilitating as the condition worsens.

There are a number of medications that are available on prescription to ease the symptoms of this type of arthritis, and these are taken to bring down inflammation so that the joints are more flexible. However, there are also natural treatments that can be used for the treatment of this problem, and these can be effective because they also offer anti-inflammatory benefits, but often without the side effects of prescription medication.

Some natural and herbal treatments for rheumatoid arthritis

There are a number of natural and herbal remedies that can help to ease the symptoms and pain that is associated with this problem, and without causing the variety of side effects that traditional medication can cause. This is why many people think that in order to treat rheumatoid arthritis natural treatment is the best option.

Some of the herbs that are used in natural remedies for the treatment of this form of arthritis include:

  • Celery seeds: These can help to clear uric acid from around the joints of sufferers
  • Chinese Skullcap: Rich in antioxidants, Chinese Skullcap is said to offer valuable anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory benefits, similar to those offered by some prescription drugs. However, this comes without the toxic side effects that prescribed medication can cause.
  • Dandelion: This is a valuable natural remedy that can help sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis in a number of ways. This includes dispelling uric acid, strengthening connective tissue, and reducing the level and frequency of pain.
  • Devil’s Claw: This root is used to reduce inflammation and it does this through effectively dispelling uric acid in sufferers.
  • Ginger: Ginger is something that many people use regularly in their diets due to its health benefits. Studies have shown that ginger can effectively help to reduce both pain and swelling, and can be taken in different forms including as a drink (such as ginger tea) or even as a compress.
  • Turmeric: It is claimed that the yellow pigment in turmeric offers valuable anti-inflammatory benefits, and is also said to benefit the function of the liver.

How stretching can assist sufferers of this arthritis

It is not just herbs and plants that can help to ease the symptoms of this form of arthritis. Stretching is something that sufferers can do to help themselves. Whilst joints that are acutely inflamed should be rested, it is possible to help maintain increased mobility in non-inflamed joints through stretching.

Manage Arthritis With Hanna Somatic Movement Education

There are so many methods out there for easing the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, so why should you need another one? Well, imagine a gentle exercise routine that you will be much more motivated to keep up because it causes no pain, positively discourages any stress or discomfort, teaches you more about your illness, and actually feels wonderfully soothing! Read on…

If you have the type of arthritis that flares up, such as rheumatoid arthritis or reactive arthritis, it can be tremendously demoralizing and you just feel like getting into the most comfortable position and staying there to ride out the acute phase. Well, this may be a valid response for a while, but as soon as you can move without too much discomfort, it is very important to take gentle exercise to minimise joint damage and regain mobility and muscle tone.

Somatic movement education is absolutely designed for this!

I discovered somatics through my good friend, osteopath and somatic movement educator Brian Ingle, N.D., D.O., with whom I have teamed up on my website to make these systems more widely available. At first I doubted their effectiveness, as even to a committed old yoga freak like me, they still seemed too gentle to be of much use. How wrong I was.

When I started to practice somatics, I was amazed at how powerful these gentle movements are in balancing even the most locked-in of muscle and joint knots and imbalances. Then, recently, when I contracted reactive arthritis from a bout of some sort of stomach bug, and ended up with very swollen and painful ankles and one knee, somatics really revealed itself to me as a major godsend, playing a huge part in my recovery.

At those difficult times when even ordinary yoga or stretching just seems like too much, somatics may actually be the only system of movement that is truly comfortable. You never have to go beyond your comfort zone in any of the routines, and even with what might be very minimal movement possible in affected joints, you will find extraordinary relief.

Because somatics is mainly based on awareness during these gentle movements rather than forcing a stretch that the body is not yet ready for, it can also teach you a great deal about the progress of the disease, whether good or bad, and warn you of coming flare-ups, or encourage you that you are easing the stiffness and pain and going in the right direction.

Of course, diet has a great deal to do with managing arthritis, and finding your own personal triggers and food sensitivities will go a long way to warding off or at least minimizing attacks. Alkalising your diet will of course help greatly, as will many other systems, but to develop the intuition to put them all together in the most effective way for your own unique body type and imbalances, a knowledge of Ayurveda and its systems of body typing and diet is perhaps the best way to go.

With somatics and Ayurveda as your partners in the fight against this horrible disease, you will be in very good company and well on the right track to success. Good luck!

FYI – Some Foods Cause Gout

Do you experience painful swelling in some parts of your body after a meal? Well, there are two possibilities that you should consider. The first is that you have allergies, which can be very dangerous, especially if you experience a severe attack. The second possibility is that you are experiencing gout, which poses much less danger to your life than allergies, but can be excruciating while it lasts.

What is gout?

If you don’t already know what gout is, here’s a short rundown of the condition:

Gout is a medical condition, and a form of acute inflammatory arthritis. It is acute because it is very painful and can even be debilitating. It is inflammatory because it causes physical swelling that in severe cases can look like tumors. The fact that it is a kind of arthritis means that it affects the joints, causing stiffness and pain. It usually affects the joints of the lower extremities of the body, i.e., the toes, heels, ankles and knees.

Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in one’s blood. Uric acid crystals are deposited in joints, tendons and surrounding tissues and irritate (to put it lightly) the local area.

Stuff that cause gout

Gout can occur for a number of reasons, such as genetic predisposition, renal problems, lack of exercise, and inappropriate diet. This last factor seems to be the most important one, which can be seen as a good things, since it is arguably the simplest one to address.

Inappropriate foods

Your gout is probably due to your eating inappropriate foods. This doesn’t mean that your diet is unhealthy or unbalanced, but that it is not well suited to your physical condition. If you have gout, there are just some things you have to eat less of, or not at all.

The following are examples of favorite foods that have high levels of uric acid:

  • Meats (beef, lamb, etc.)
  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Nuts

You’ll want to decrease your consumption of these foods as necessary. It may seem like a difficult hurdle to overcome, but it’s better than spending hours in bed, incapacitated by pain and stiffness, isn’t it?

Preempting gout

They say prevention is better than cure, so if you want to avoid developing gout, then control your intake of the foods listed above. Try to reduce your intake of saturated fats and consume more carbohydrates (cereal, pasta, rice, bread, etc.) and fruits and vegetables instead.