Thursday, May 30, 2013

Diet for Arthritis Sufferers

Today I'd like to share a guest post from Healthline. Enjoy!

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects the skeletal system. Many people do not know that the word arthritis is used to cover over a hundred different conditions. The most common form of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis usually affects the elderly.

According to the University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Seattle, eating a healthy diet made up of foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C can help ease the pain caused by arthritis. Below are some suggestions for helpful foods:
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Osteoarthritis Arthritis

• Fresh and canned fish (high in omega 3 fatty acids)
• 5 fruits a day (citrus fruits are best because they are high in vitamin C)
• 5 vegetables a day (green vegetables, sweet potato, summer squash)
• Brown rice
• Spices (cumin, ginger, garlic, and clove oil)
• Water

Food to Avoid

• Red meat
• Dairy
• Corn
• Potatoes
• Eggs
• Wheat products
• Coffee

Often people who suffer from arthritis will switch to a vegetarian diet.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease. It can affect people of all ages, even children. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that has “flare-ups”. This means that the sufferer can be fine (symptomless) for weeks or months and then suddenly the symptoms will flare-up. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors can prescribe medications to help with the pain and occasionally surgery is recommended if the sufferer has a particularly painful or damaged joint.

Other treatments include a healthy diet and exercise. Some doctors suggest that the Mediterranean diet can be beneficial for some people.

Mediterranean Diet

The main foods you should eat on a Mediterranean diet include a very small portion of meats (not including fish – fish is considered a good meat), lots of fruits and vegetables, using olive oil only, and using spices in place of salt. Salt causes inflammation and with any type of arthritis, the last thing you want is even more inflammation.  Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables (see list above) is also beneficial. In addition, to eating (unsalted) nuts and grains, drink plenty of water.

Exercise is also recommended and as the saying goes – “A body in motion stays in motion.”

Researchers and doctors are not sure why certain foods are beneficial for arthritis while other foods can cause more pain. In one of the largest studies which had 800 participants, researchers separated the participants into groups and had each group try a different, popular and similar diet for 12 weeks. The result was that the group who tried the Mediterranean diet reported that they had roughly 15% less pain than they did before starting the diet. The other groups reported that they had no pain relief at all from the diet they tried.

Adding supplements such as Vitamin A and C, fish oil, and Omega 3 can also be beneficial in relieving pain for some arthritis sufferers. Once you find foods that do not aggravate your arthritis and possibly improve the pain, you should try to eat them several times a week. Before starting, any supplements be sure to contact your doctor.

Tammy Mahan has been writing medical/health articles for several years. Writing for allows her to share the knowledge she has acquired over the years.  

*Note: This an unpaid guest post.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'm Back

Hello!!!!!  :-)

I just wanted to share that I've finished my courses now, so I will be back to blogging much more full time over the next few days. I can't wait!

I've been saving things to blog about for weeks, so I'll be sharing pics and things on a regular basis for a while.

I did something today that I haven't done in a while...I actually read a book that I chose. Woo Hoo! I've been enjoying my courses, but the drawback was having to read some things that I just didn't enjoy. The bright side of it though was that I enjoyed a lot of the books a great deal, so it worked out in the end :-)

It just felt so good to dive into my pile of books that I've been saving all of these months. I've decided to also write some posts about what I'm reading from time to time...the good and the bad ;-)

So thanks for continuing to visit me over these long stretches when I wasn't able to blog like I wanted. I appreciate it so much!

Until next time...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Debenhams Holiday Insurance & Peace of Mind

Well, it's that time of the year again...time to have a nice getaway in the summer sun! I don't know about you, but when I start preparing for my getaway, I always make a checklist to make sure that I'm not forgetting anything...even though I always end up forgetting something.

So you're packing your suitcase and  getting ready for your vacation. You've got all of your clothes, toothbrush,  a book...... but do you have travel insurance?  If there's one thing that the modern traveler absolutely must have for their journey, it's travel insurance. Exciting it isn't, but essential it most certainly is.

Recent surveys have shown that a worryingly high percentage of people leave home without any travel insurance at all. There are so many things that can go wrong when you travel, especially if that journey involves flights or sea crossings. And the last thing that you need when you are trying to get away from it all, is to have the stress and worry of how you are going to pay the bills when something does go wrong.

Debenhams annual holiday insurance is one such insurance that I have come across recently. Rather than having to pay for insurance every time you travel, this policy will cover you for as many trips as you like. It also includes winter sports cover as standard, and has free coverage for up to 3 kids per insured adult. Annual cover starts from under £30. There are many other benefits to be had too, so go check them out at their website.

Having to pay out huge medical fees, or for emergency transport home are the extremes of what could occur when you're on holiday. However, long flight delays, lost baggage and a mislaid purse are far more common. At least with a good travel insurance policy you will have some peace of mind the next time you head out the door on the way to your vacation paradise!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Shipping Your Car Very Far

Becoming an expat can be a wonderful and enlightening experience, but there are also some more mundane practicalities to consider too. There is an avalanche of paperwork to fill out, many long hours to spend in various government buildings and then there is the tricky problem of what to do with your "stuff".

Some things are obviously easy to take along with you, such as clothes, books, etc., but other items are more tricky. You have to make the decision of whether to put them in storage, sell them on or find a way of transporting them to your new home.  Take your car as an example. Obviously there isn't really an option to place it in storage, so you either have to sell it on to somebody and then go to the expense and hassle of buying a new vehicle in a new country, or you can arrange to get it shipped over instead.
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Auto Shippers international car shipping are one company that handles just such a situation. They operate from the UK, and ship to over 6400 destinations worldwide. They will handle the required customs clearance formalities and  your vehicle is insured for the length of the journey. You are provided with a Move Manager who will arrange for the collection of your vehicle, through to the loading, shipping and dealing with all the customs red tape. I'm all for anything that takes the weight off of my shoulders!
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So, if you are about to join me in this expat experience, and can't bear to part with your trusty jalopy, then drop by their website and get a quote. It may be one less thing you have to worry about as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I'll Be Back Soon

Hi there!

I just wanted to stop by and say hello and to let you know that I will be back posting regularly very shortly. I've been taking pictures all over the place when I can, so I have a lot of pictures and some words to share :-)

For the next two weeks and a few days over, I will be finishing up my final assignments for my courses, so I'm still unable to get here like I want. But I'm on my way back! I hope you'll come back to visit me. I thank you for your patience over this time.

Have a great week! :-)