Organic Butter for Arthritis and Joint Stiffness

897Raw, grass-fed butter can keep your joints from feeling stiff. This is because raw butter contains Wulzen factor, which is a hormone-like substance that makes sure calcium does not go into your joints and is instead absorbed by your body. Only raw butter packs this powerful benefit; the Wulzen factor is destroyed by pasteurization.*

Try to buy organic raw, grass-fed butter to help protect your joints from arthritis caused by calcium buildup. Cooking and melting methods are the same as with pasteurized butter, however, you may enjoy a creamier, smoother taste with this healthy raw variety.

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*http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/07/why-is-butter-better.aspx
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Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods

1404When your body is inflamed, it produces immune cells that, over time, can lead to arthritis, heart disease, or cancer. For this reason, it is important to eat natural anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits and vegetables. It’s also important to cut down on trigger foods that promote inflammation such as salt, sugar, wheat, and most processed and packaged foods.*

Need a simple and easy way to increase your intake of anti-inflammatory foods? Consider juicing fruits and vegetables. Try a sweet blend of turmeric, orange, grapefruit, and carrot juice.

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*http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-inflammatory-foods-to-avoid.htm
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Curcumin Aids Digestion

1313The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. By helping you maintain a healthy digestive system, curcumin can protect your body from peptic ulcers, gastritis, and gastric cancer. Additionally, curcumin has been known to help treat arthritis, menstrual pain, gas, kidney stones, and high cholesterol.*

It is recommended that people with indigestion issues try 500mg of curcumin four times per day until symptoms subside. You can purchase curcumin supplements in pill form, or have fun cooking with flavorful turmeric powder.

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/167042-curcumin-review/
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Health Benefits of Acai Berries

eAcai berries are filled with antioxidants that will protect your body from harmful free radicals. These berries provide your body with iron, calcium, vitamin A, and fiber, and they are low in sugar too. With 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes, acai berries may help prevent allergies, inflammation, arthritis, and neurological diseases.*

Native to Central and South America, it may be difficult to find fresh acai berries in your home town. Visit your local health food supermarket and seek out frozen acai berries, supplements, or powders.

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*http://www.naturalnews.com/042872_acai_berry_health_benefits_natural_antioxidants.html
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Recipe for a Refreshing Bath

bathIf you have difficulty de-stressing after a long day, consider soaking in a hot relaxing bath. Baths stimulate your blood circulation while calming your nervous system. Baths are also a natural way to relieve common aches and pains like menstrual cramps, inflammation, muscle spasms and arthritis.*

Before your next bath, collect fresh orange slices, a ½ cup of cloves, 2 teaspoons of lavender essential oil and ½ cup of Epsom salt. Then, fill your bathtub with 90-95 degree water and add your ingredients for a calming, enjoyable bath.

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*http://www.crunchybetty.com/5-relaxing-rejuvenating-bath-recipes-perfect-alternatives-to-bubbles
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Prevent Computer Injuries

computerIn order to have a comfortable and safe workstation, your must achieve proper positioning of your mouse and keyboard. To reduce your risk of injury, keep your computer mouse and keyboard at the same height. Poor placement of either can lead to musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.*

In addition to properly placing your mouse and keyboard at your desk, make an effort not to rest your hand on your mouse when you’re not using it. Consider purchasing a keyboard tray that holds your mouse as well, which will provide a more comfortable angle for your wrist when typing and clicking at the computer.

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*http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=22781
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Reach for Acai Berries

acaiAcai berries are low in sugar and provide excellent amounts of calcium, fiber, iron, vitamin A and B12. As acai berries fight against free radicals, they can prevent health problems such as arthritis, inflammation and allergies. They are also a source of dietary fiber and essential fatty acids, such as oleic acid (commonly found in olive oil).*

If you’re living in the U.S., you’re in luck. Acai berries are popular and readily available. Just be mindful of the other ingredients in acai products; many juices have added sugar, so do your best to seek our pure acai for the best results.

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*http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/lindsey-duncan-nd-cn/so-whats-so-good-about-acai-whole-lot
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Organic Butter for Arthritis and Joint Stiffness

organicbutterRaw, grass-fed butter can keep your joints from feeling stiff. This is because raw butter contains Wulzen factor, which is a hormone-like substance that makes sure calcium does not go into your joints and is instead absorbed by your body. Only raw butter packs this powerful benefit; the Wulzen factor is destroyed by pasteurization.*

Try to buy organic raw, grass-fed butter to help protect your joints from arthritis caused by calcium buildup. Cooking and melting methods are the same as with pasteurized butter, however, you may enjoy a creamier, smoother taste with this healthy raw variety.

Express your love today!

Dr. Kim

*http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/07/why-is-butter-better.aspx
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Celebrate Good Health with Celery

Time to add celery to your grocery list! Celery is another powerhouse that is high in vitamin C, lowers cholesterol, helps prevent cancers, and helps to reduce blood pressure. It contains amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, folate, iron, potassium, zinc, fiber, as well as numerous B vitamins, vitamin A, E, and K. Since celery has anti-inflammatory properties, it is great for people who suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, gout, or any swelling around the joints. Celery can also help support your immune system as well as your cardiovascular health.[1]

Celery is extremely versatile! Add it to your salads, soups, have it as a snack, or mix it in with almost any chili or casserole for a great health boost.

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[1]http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-celery.html
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Hot Chili Pepper

If you like it hot, then keep adding spice to your life with chili peppers! Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which is what gives it that intense spice flavor. Capsaicin is also being studied for its treatment of arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic neuropathy. Besides fighting inflammation, chili peppers are also a natural pain reliever, they help reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, they clear congestion, boost immunity, prevent stomach ulcers, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and they also help you lose those few extra pounds. [1]

Get some chili peppers and add them to your meals! They not only pack a punch in taste, but in health benefits as well.

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[1]http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=29
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