Joints

Which Magnesium Supplement Should I Take?

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Magnesium is a fascinating mineral that is involved in nearly 300 biochemical reactions within the body whose wide and varied benefits range from energy production though to brain function. With such wide and varied usages by the body, it may not surprise you to learn that magnesium deficiency is very widespread in the adult population. The main reasons for a magnesium deficiency are two-fold; the demands for this mineral are often not met by our intake of green leafy vegetables and of course as we age, our body becomes less efficient at absorbing magnesium due to a lack of digestive enzymes whose production declines rapidly. Read More…

Pain-Free Hands

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We rely on our hands for hundreds of different activities; from typing on a computer, making tea, turning the pages on a book or magazine and so forth. We take our hands for granted until we experience pain and our daily activities are hindered.

Hands are complicated structures, and very versatile, capable of doing everything from opening a jar to performing delicate microsurgery. A hand has many moving parts comprising of 27 bones, several muscles, ligaments, tendons and thousands of nerves with all of these packed into a very small space. With such an array of different structures and tissues, a lot can go wrong especially because many of our daily activities such as texting, typing and lifting are motions that can cause long term damage to all or some of the structures of our hands. Read More…

Osteopenia

Osteopenia

What is osteopenia?

Osteopenia is defined as low bone density or low bone mass, a condition in which a person experiences a decrease in his or her bone structure that is greater than the normal amount for their relevant age. Osteopenia, if left unchecked, leads to osteoporosis, a serious condition in which the bone density has deteriorated to an extent that increases the risk of breaking or fracturing bones. Osteopenia is more common than osteoporosis affecting millions of young and middle aged women.

What causes osteopenia?

It is difficult to identify osteopenia and osteoporosis because in general one does not experience any noticeable symptoms. Often a medical check may identify osteopenia and it is recommended that women have a bone density scan when they reach perimenopause, which is usually when menstrual irregularities occur and usually between the ages of 45 and 55.

The causes of osteopenia may be either of these or a combination of factors which include: Read More…

Relieving Gout Naturally

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Whilst research has focused primarily on finding safe and effective treatments for the management of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the incidence of gout has quietly risen in the past two decades. Gout is a type of arthritis that causes stiff, swollen and painful joints and typically two thirds of people will experience it as excruciating pain in the big toe. The symptoms of gout mentioned above are due to excess uric acid crystals that form around the joints, and the pain is caused by your body’s inflammatory response to these crystals. These symptoms can develop rapidly to their worst point in six to twenty four hours and usually last for between three and ten days, often referred to as a gout attack. After this time, the joint/s will start to feel normal and any pain or discomfort should eventually disappear.

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A Natural Lubricant for Dry Mouth Symptoms

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At some point, most people will experience, or will have experienced, a dry mouth. For the majority, dry mouth symptoms disappear without causing any major problems however for some, a dry mouth becomes a chronic condition medically termed xerostomia.

Xerostomia is derived from the Greek words that literally mean “dry mouth”. Diagnosis of a dry mouth can only be confirmed once a patient complains of this problem – there is no test for this concern. Read More…

The Battle Against Arthritis

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Arthritis affects an estimated one in five people in the UK and although considered a disease of old age, it can affect all ages. Almost everyone realises that to fully appreciate all that life has to offer, you require healthy and flexible joints.

One of the most promising discoveries in the battle against joint and arthritic pain is Natural Egg Shell Membrane (NEM). NEM is the thin membrane that is in between the egg shell and egg white and it contains proteins and amino acids that may help to repair the cartilage network in between the bones. It is the degradation of this cartilage that causes the release of acids, such as uric acid, resulting in pain and stiffness that arthritis sufferers’ experience. Read More…