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I want to continue our discussion of "easy" ways we can treat arthritis by starting with the toughest issue of all: weight. Like it or not, increased body weight is not good for your knees (or your hips, your back, your blood pressure, your...). I could give you lots of statistics like, in the past 15 years obesity rates have doubled, or one out of three kids are now considered obese. I could tell you this, but there is an easier way: go down to the local supermarket and look for yourself.
Notice I said supermarket- not Main Street or a high school basketball game or a Town Hall meeting. In these latter three examples, people made a choice to do an activity they don't have to do. When it comes to shopping for food, EVERYONE does it and thus you'll see a big cross-section of your local population. Start keeping a tally as you walk down the aisles. Unless you live in a college town, you will be horrified.
What we have done in America, and more and more around the globe, is build ...
Alternative Names Menstruation - painful; Dysmenorrhea; Periods - painful; Cramps - menstrual; Menstrual cramps Home Care The following steps may allow you to avoid prescription medications: Apply a heating pad to your lower abdomen (below your belly button). Be careful NOT to fall asleep with the heating pad on. Do light circular massage with your fingertips around your lower abdomen. Drink warm beverages. Eat light but frequent meals. Follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, but low in salt, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Keep your legs elevated while lying down, or lie on your side with your knees bent. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. Try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen. Start taking it the day before your period is expected to start, and continue taking it regularly for the first few days of your period. Try vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium supplements, especially if your pain is from P...
RLS sufferer Cari Lendrum recommends: Try Cari’s “RLS Squats!” – To do this exercise, start off in a standing position and then bend your knees slightly so that you are in a squat. Rest your forearms on your thighs close to your knees, grasping your opposite wrist for stability if necessary. Maintaining that position, raise and lower your buttocks over and over until you get tired. Repeat the exercise as long as you can without feeling muscle strain or discomfort in the back or knees. Hopefully, this will alleviate your symptoms even if just for a short time. Do you have a strategy for coping with RLS? Share your story and/or advice by contacting Colleen Cancio at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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