7 Tips for Managing Your Arthritis Symptoms Naturally | The Health Sessions

7 Tips for Managing Your Arthritis Symptoms Naturally

This article is written by Carolyn Ridland from Caregiver Connection. 

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that affects millions of men and women in the United States. It occurs when one or more of the joints become inflamed and cause pain and other symptoms. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

If arthritis symptoms are not managed well, the condition can interfere with your quality of life and may even lead to reduced mobility. For these reasons, it is important to understand how arthritis affects the body and what you can do to protect your health.

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Have Your Cake: 10 Healthy Holiday Desserts | The Health Sessions

Have Your Cake: 10 Healthy Holiday Desserts

Tis the season for sweet temptations. From holiday office parties to family celebrations, who can resist all the delicious treats this time of year has to offer?

Now I’m not one to preach healthy eating throughout the holidays. As the saying goes, it’s not about what you eat between Christmas and New Year’s, it’s how you eat between New Year’s and Christmas that matters.

But if – for medical reasons or by choice – you’d like to eat healthily without depriving yourself, you can easily swap traditional sugar-laden desserts for healthier alternatives. The dessert recipes below all use wholesome ingredients like natural sweeteners, whole grains, plant-based dairy and even veggies. And by the looks of it, you’d never guess that these sweet treats are actually pretty healthy.

So have your cake and eat it too with these 10 healthy holiday desserts!

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More Than 'Just a Headache': What's It Like to Live with Migraine? | The Health Sessions

More Than ‘Just a Headache’: What It’s Really Like to Live with Chronic Migraine

What’s it really like to live with chronic health problems every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their experiences and tips.

Danielle Newport Fancher is a writer, migraine advocate and author of 10: A Memoir of Migraine Survival. She build a network for migraine sufferers called Migraine Writer. 

 

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Danielle Newport Fancher. I’m a writer and migraine advocate. I’m sick of the stigma that a migraine is seen as “just a headache.” And, I am on a mission to change that perception.

  1. When did you first get sick?

I’ve been suffering from migraine since the age of 16. I’ve experienced chronic migraine for the past ten years. And on 10/2/2013, a migraine started that never stopped. In result. I’ve been battling constant pain ever since. This means that I haven’t had break (not even for a minute) in over five years.

  1. In what ways does having migraine affect your daily life?

Given that I am in constant pain, I am always catering to my migraine in every decision that I make. I don’t want to make a poor decision (like not drinking enough water or accidentally skipping a meal) to put me over the edge and trigger a new migraine.

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8 Natural Ways to Optimize Your Immunity | The Health Sessions

8 Natural Ways to Optimize Your Immunity

Your immune system works around the clock to ward off bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: a germ slips through your defense systems and you get sick.

Or worse: in reaction to an unknown trigger, the body sometimes produces antibodies that mistakenly attack its own tissues. This type of overactive immune reaction is what happens in auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and lupus.

Although scientifically speaking “boosting your immunity” makes little sense, common habits like chronic stress, a fast food diet and sleep deprivation are known to decrease your body’s ability to fight off foreign invaders. So what can you do to keep your immune system strong – besides washing your hands and practicing good cooking hygiene?

Of course you can’t always prevent getting sick. But a healthy lifestyle does support the functioning of your immune system, keeping your defenses up and running as good as possible.

Have a look at these 8 natural ways to optimize your immunity and fight off the flu. 

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7 Healthy Cookbooks You Need in Your Kitchen (Now) | The Health Sessions

7 Healthy Cookbooks You Need in Your Kitchen (Now)

It’s the same old question every day: “What’s for dinner tonight?”

No matter if you’re a seasoned home cook or a kitchen novice, you can never have too much healthy food inspiration. Whether you’re looking for nourishing breakfasts or easy weeknight dinners, the lush food photography in the cookbooks listed below will get you fired up to prep healthy meals in no-time.

There’s a recipe guide for everyone’s taste, from plant-based dishes and Paleo feel-good food to family-friendly, balanced dinners. All the cookbooks have one thing in common: they all showcase home-cooked meals made with fresh, wholesome ingredients.

So get the perfect gift for your foodie friend or expand your own culinary repertoire with these 7 healthy cookbooks you need in your kitchen – now. 

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