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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Men: Start taking better care of yourselves!

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By:  Alfonse Muto, RPh President/Owner

I hate to say it, but your wife, sister, daughters, and mother are all right, our gender is stubborn! Men in their youth tend to have the feeling of invincibility. That “Superman” feeling often leads to stupid decisions with risky consequences:  excessive drinking, smoking, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and many others. The prevailing thought regarding those consequences is always “it will never happen to me”.

Unfortunately, oftentimes, the poor decisions continue into later ages in life in a different form.  Too often, middle aged and older men get into a pattern of reactive healthcare, only responding to health concerns as they pop up, rather than proactively taking an active stance on preventative measures to protect their bodies. Unfortunately, it often takes significant medical issues such as heart attacks or strokes to open their eyes, and by then, it’s too late. The years of poor lifestyle choices have already taken their toll, and the damage that has been done is difficult, if not impossible to repair.

Men of all ages need to develop habits that foster this preventative mentality to prevent the damage before it is done.  Balanced diets, regular exercise, limited alcohol consumption, and proper dietary supplementation are keys to ensuring we protect our bodies.

Stop in one of our stores today and ask us about some preventive things you could be doing to get back on track!

May is Arthritis Awareness Month – Relief through a natural approach!

Matthew Fleming Author

 

Arthritis Relief: A Natural Approach

 

As you may have heard, arthritis is a form of inflammation of one or more of your joints caused by the wearing down of cartilage, which is a disease currently not well understood with more than 100 different types and related conditions. Many of these forms are accompanied with symptoms including joint pain and stiffness.  It most commonly occurs among women and tends to worsen as people age.  Each and every day more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children who have some form of arthritis are struggling to find any type of relief, making it the most common cause of disability in adults and limits us from doing daily activities.

 

But what if we didn’t have to keep going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what the “miracle” drug for us to help solve this debilitating disease?

 

Truth is unfortunately, there are no special medications out there to cure arthritis, only those that may reduce the symptoms of pain and inflammation and therefore potentially improve our quality of life for the time being. So with that in mind, let’s look at a few simple options to incorporate daily that can drastically improve joint pain.

 

Exercise is another important component to combating arthritis. Specific exercises can increase strength and flexibility to the muscles around your joints, reduces joint pain, and lessen fatigue, along with helping to control weight and improve overall fitness.  These include things like low-impact aerobics such as walking, biking, and swimming that focus on cardiovascular endurance are best since they tend to putt less strain on the muscles and joints.

 

Our everyday diet can play a major factor in the amount of inflammation that may occur in our body. Promoting healthy eating habits, such as limiting the amount of foods high in sugar, wheat, soy, alcohol, and those that are processed with artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.  So what does that leave us with? Real, fresh, organic foods that are nutrient dense.  Obviously with the way many of us eat this may be a daunting transition to make, but just starting with incorporating more produce into our diet instead of processed snack fillers which are toxins to our body could make a huge difference

 

These changes to our diet and exercise is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can do naturally to help improve arthritis symptoms. But what it can be is a step in the right direction to start listening to our bodies that are giving us these signals to start making small healthy adjustments that in the end can result in large benefits to our overall well-being.