CAROL’S CORNER

Welcome to my place in the blogosphere that I call Carol's Corner. If your weather is anything like mine, you might want to wrap up in a nice cozy blanket and get comfy. Not digging winter at all. The only thing I like about it is my boots, which I seem to live in these days. The picture you see above might be one of my favorites. I still sometimes can't believe that's my body I see looking back at me in the mirror. This dress makes me look good in all the right places. I got this at a thrift store, but it makes me feel like a million bucks. I just got the necklace and earrings when we went to our first ever opera last Sunday. They had a vender selling merchandise and thought it was kind of cool. It goes perfectly with the neckline of this dress.

My FitBit combo for the day. I have a bunch of pictures to post and then we'll see what we're going to talk about this session. I still haven't quite decided.

This is my new favorite sweater. Going to show you a back view too. It has awesome lines.

This is at Denny's where I hang out most nights and write my blog. My waitress took the pictures for me. The last picture will be my newest FitBit band that came today. Not sure if they all came or if there is one more. I can't wait to wear this with an outfit.

Ok, have a topic and it is also a request. We are going to be discussing foods and/or diets to help alleviate the problems that are associated with Athritus. It looks like there is a lot of information out there so, somethings might just have links for you to read the material for yourself. So let's get started. We're going to start with 8 foods that fight Arthritus and then move on to 8 foods to avoid. This first info comes from Healthline.com and from the article entitled “8 Foods that fight Arthritus”. It Starts with the subtitle”change your diet,ease your pain”. Arthritus is a form of Rheumatic Disease of which there are two types:Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid . Arthritis in general is characterized by inflammation and loss of some function in some part of the body. Osteo( for short) damages cartledge , joints, and bones. It is the most common type, affecting more than 27 million Americans. Rheumatoid attacks the lining of the joints, causing pain , stiffness, and swelling of the joints. A growing body of research suggests that making dietary changes can help alleviate the chronic pain associated with this condition. So let's see what is on that all important list. The first is a group of foods which are the Omega-3 Fats. Some research suggests that the Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent inflammation in the body and reduce symptoms associated with Arthritus . Researchers have discovered that the COX-2 enzymes that cause joint inflammation, are more active when you eat a high ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fats are what is so prevalent in the American Diet. They include fats found in meats, corn, snack foods, and sunflower oil. Decrease your consumption of these fats and increase the healthy Omega-3 Fats. Foods found in this category include salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds, and walnuts. Next on our list is Broccoli and vegetables in that same category. A Mayo Clinic 11 year study showed that Broccoli, Cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetables, was shown to protect against the development of Arthritus. Although this study examined the chance of Arthtitus development rather than pain management, it wouldn't hurt to add cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts,and book choy to your regular diet. Now we have Vitamin D. A large study of 29,000 women with no history of Arthritus, found that those who consumed more dietary vitamin D, had a lower risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritus. The findings from a Framingham Heart Study showed a decreased risk of Osteoarthritis progression in the knees of participants who consumed more vitamin D. Besides oily fishes, few foods naturally contain vitamin D. Foods like bread and dairy are fortified with Vitamin D. Dairy however may exacerbate arthritis inflammation and pain. Consider taking a 20 minute stroll to take in some Vitamind D-stimulating sunlight-the best source. Going down the list , we next come to Olive Oil. Diets that are rich in Olive Oil, such as the Mediterranean Diet, have been shown to reduce the pain and stiffness in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Olive Oils anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to oleic acid, which contain polyphenols and Omega-3Fatty Acids, both of which are antioxidants. To incorporate more Olive Oil into your diet, switch out store bought salad dressings for a home made version. Mix three parts Olive Oil to one part vinegar or lemon juice. Add herbs and spices of your choosing. Now we have Ginger. Ginger has been used for thousands of years to treat colds, nausea, migraines and hypertension. Although clinical studies show mixed results regarding gingers role in Arthritus, The Journal Of Medicinal Foods, gives evidence to support the anti inflammatory and Antioxidant role of Ginger. To add more Ginger to your diet, try grating fresh Ginger over sautéed vegetables, add sliced ginger to tea, and sprinkling ground Ginger into baked good batters.

NOTE: Ginger acts as a blood thinner, which could interact with blood thinning medications. Be sure to check with your physician before adding these foods to your diet.

Next up Vitamin C. Start putting Vitamin C-Rich bell peppers,oranges, mangos, strawberries, pineapples, and kidney beans on your grocery list. According to one study, greater intake of Vitamin C was associated with a 30% reduced risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritus. Choose dietary sources of Vitamin C, rather than supplements, as high doses has been known to exacerbate symptoms of Arthritus. According to the USDA,The reccommended dietary allowance for Vitamin C is 90mg/day for men and 75mg/day for women. On our list next is something called Anthocyanins. These are potent antioxidants responsible for the reddish pigment in foods like cherries,blackberries, raspberries, strawberries,grapes, and eggplant. A Harvard School of Public Health Study, that examined C Reactive Protein Levels as a marker of inflammation in Cardiovascular Health , found that higher strawberry intake was associated with lower CRP levels. Although the study focused on cardiovascular health, there are implications for Arthritus patients, as the Anthocyanidins found in strawberries and other foods may help reduce inflammation. The last group is called beta-cryptoxanthin. This is a powerful antioxidant of the Carotenoid family. Like it's sister beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin is converted to Vitamin A in the body, and may help prevent Arthritus. Researchers from The United Kingdom, found that those who consumed more foods containing beta-cryptoxanthin were better protected against Arthritus. Foods with the highest amount of this nutrient are sweet peppers,squash, pumpkin,papayas, tangerines, collard greens, and apricots.

Your Over-All Anti-Arthritus Diet

Overall you should aim for a diet high in fruits, vegetables,fish,nuts,legumes,and olive oil. Limit or avoid, red meat,dairy,saturated fats,and sugar to help prevent Arthritius and to manage Arthritus related inflammation and pain. Ok there is your first installment on diet and Arthritus. As this was long we will continue part 2 tomorrow. Hope there are many of you who find this helpful. Stay strong, stay focused, stay motivated, and let's make 2015 the best year ever. Till next time, God Bless.

 

3 thoughts on “CAROL’S CORNER

  1. Well, I’m happy to say that since I have been on this journey since Jan 1st, my diet lines up pretty well with this info and my osteoarthritis symptoms are much improved. I was attributing it to the exercise alone. Good info, thanks!

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  2. Gee Carol, this is a wealth of information… Good stuff! Your outfit is very nice..As of today I finally made it to the five pound weightloss. I am happy to be on the road. I see where I can make improvement and drinking water is a weak area. I will come back to take this information in slowly. Have a wonderful day..bundled up and all if you have to. It looks like we will have sunshine… Yay!

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