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Smoking May Affect Back Pain Treatments

smoking may reduce effectiveness of back pain treatmentsThe ill effects of smoking on health are not unknown to us. Newer research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases is now throwing light on how smoking impairs the treatment process of inflammatory arthritis affecting the lower back, known as axial spondyloarthritis. Interestingly, quitting smoking may help reduce your lower back pain!

The chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a disease affecting millions all over the world, increases

Vitamin D Winter Woes? Beat them Now!

Keep your vitamin D levels up in winter!We all love white winters and enjoy the season indoors with warm food, loved ones and television. We also associate winters with skin troubles like dry skin, chapped lips, etc. But the health problems that this cozy season can lead to are far more serious than this. During winter minimal amount of sunlight reaches us. The ultraviolet rays that are part of sunlight are essential for production of vitamin D in our skin. Vitamin D is a very crucial vitamin for our bodies, for bone development and growth, to maintain healthy bones, for absorption of calcium depends on vitamin D. For a healthy, fracture-free life we need our daily dose of vitamin D. The richest natural source of this is sunlight which is robbed during winters.

Stomach Infection? A blessing in disguise!

Infections may reduce RA riskScientists and researchers are forever on the lookout for newer therapies and are developing better drugs for patients with chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Now, research published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases says that recent gut and urinary tract infections may reduce your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis. This is extremely exciting news and has great potential to develop targeted therapy for rheumatoid arthritis in the future. You may be curious to know if this is even possible! And if so, then how?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disorder in which one’s own immune system attacks the joints and other organs. Painful joints, swelling, disability and deformities over time are common features of rheumatoid arthritis. Women are affected more than men by rheumatoid arthritis. Millions of people worldwide suffer from this painful disease.

Oranges for Health: to Eat or Drink?

orange juice or whole oranges?Science confirms that oranges are a rich source of vitamin C which has healing properties, acts as an antioxidant and boosts your immune system. Vitamin C also possibly has cholesterol lowering benefits, protects against heart disease, protects against rheumatoid arthritis, stomach cancer, kidney stones and aids in good respiratory heath. So there is no doubt that oranges are great for your health!

Apart from vitamin C, oranges are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, vitamin A, folate, calcium, copper and potassium. But whether should you eat the fruit or drink its juice is the burning question today. In your morning breakfast, after the gym, or as a serving to a guest, orange juice is an all time favorite. We always carry the guilt of not eating the fruit in its natural form and depriving the body of essential dietary fiber though. Is there a need to feel guilty at all? We have always heard from grandmothers and nutritionists that eating oranges is better than opting for a serving of squeezed juice.

Milk: The Universal Superfood

milk is a superfood with many health benefitsMilk is an indispensible component of most of our daily diets. Milk is a complete food. It was the original super food. Milk has found its place in different religions, traditions and culture. Throughout the world be it in the east or west, its availability cannot be denied. Milk and dairy products like cheese, butter, etc are part of our daily meals. Different sources of milk are humans, cows, goats, sheep, camels, etc. Nowadays, a number of alternatives are available like soy milk, almond milk, and more for people with lactose intolerance. But have you ever given a thought as to how much milk can benefit your health?

  1. The backbone of your Health: Milk is a rich source of calcium, and it contains nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B12, carbohydrates, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, protein, zinc and riboflavin. These vitamins, minerals and trace elements fulfill vital roles in various metabolic functions of the body. Calcium promotes healthy bone growth in children and maintains bone strength in adults. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein are very important for healthy bone formation, growth and development. The functioning, durability, and repair of our bone and skeletal system are all dependent on them. Calcium maintains bone mineral density preventing fractures.

Reducing Knee Replacement Pain

reduce arthritis pain after a knee replacementOsteoarthritis is a condition characterized by the degeneration of joint cartilage, most commonly affecting the knees. It results in pain, stiffness, swelling, and restricted mobility. Unrelenting pain and impaired function call for a knee replacement surgery during which the surgeon replaces the damaged parts with metal or plastic prosthesis. More than half the population worldwide is affected by osteoarthritis. This surgery aims at giving a better life to patients, but the procedure itself involves pain as a major problem following surgery. The good news is that better pain relief measures have been discovered that can give a pain-free life immediately after surgery.

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