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HOW SHEDDING SOME POUNDS HELPS ARTHRITIS

You’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating: One of the best things you can do for arthritis is to lose excess weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control, two out of three adults with arthritis are overweight or obese. Research shows that while diet and exercise combined are most effective for dropping pounds, dieting alone helps more than exercise alone. No one’s saying it’s easy, but evidence shows it pays off. Here’s how it can help.  Continue reading HOW SHEDDING SOME POUNDS HELPS ARTHRITIS

Beat the Winter Blues With These Simple Strategies 

 If short days have you feeling blue, getting more sunshine and exercise can help, says Mark Rapaport, MD, chairman of the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. These strategies also might help. 

  1. Look ahead. Plan and focus on something positive in your future, Dr. Rapaport suggests, like a vacation or a night out with friends. 
  2. Get crafty. Knitting yourself a scarf could do more than protect you from the cold. A study of 3,545 knitters worldwide found a link between knitting and happiness. The greatest impact was among those who knitted in a group. 
  3. Say “om. Easy on painful joints, yoga is also tough on the blues, according to a review article in Frontiers in Psychiatry. Yoga appears to influence brain chemicals and inflammation in the body similarly to antidepressants and psychotherapy. 
  4. Get enough zzz’s. It’s hard to feel good when you are sleep-deprived. Research shows that increasing sleep time by treating insomnia may improve mood. If your blues don’t go away and you feel helpless, hopeless, guilty or despairing, see a professional.

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Weight Loss Helps Gout

If you have gout, you know all about high uric acid levels. Uric acid (UA) forms when the body breaks down purines, which are found in human cells and many foods. You may be working with your doctor, taking medication and avoiding certain foods to keep UA levels in the normal range, but could you be overlooking an important factor – your weight?  Continue reading Weight Loss Helps Gout

You Said It: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Products for Arthritis

If you think housecleaning is a dirty word, you’re not alone! But clever cleaning shortcuts (like focusing solely on high-traffic areas) can make it less painful – in more ways than one. Here are some of Arthritis Today readers’ favorite cleaning tips and tools to keep their joints protected.   Continue reading You Said It: Favorite Cleaning Tips and Products for Arthritis

Paige’s Game Day Cowboy Caviar

From wings to chips to gameday chili, Americans are gearing up for the greatest football watching (and eating) game of the year! But, tasty and delicious doesn’t mean forgoing healthy and arthritis-friendly foods. To help, JA Warrior and contestant on the Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship” Paige Goehner has shared her favorite arthritis-friendly recipe – Cowboy Caviar Pasta Salad. Continue reading Paige’s Game Day Cowboy Caviar

A Shining Star in the Kitchen and Beyond: Paige Goehner, Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship” Season Six Contestant and JA Kid

Paige Goehner shares what led her to baking and how she became a contestant on the Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” season six. Continue reading A Shining Star in the Kitchen and Beyond: Paige Goehner, Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship” Season Six Contestant and JA Kid