Facing the Facts: Arthritis & Joint Pain | The Health Sessions

Facing the Facts: Arthritis & Joint Pain

Red, swollen joints, chronic pain, a stiffness that limits your mobility… Arthritis comes in more than 100 forms, but almost all these rheumatic conditions have two things in common: inflammation and stiffness.

Inflammation is a natural defense mechanism of the body, to detect and get rid off harmful invaders like viruses. But when the immune system malfunctions, it can mistakenly attack its own tissues. This uncontrolled inflammation could then damage joints and internal organs, resulting in pain and stiffness. These symptoms can make it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to do daily activities like walking, climbing the stairs, chopping food or writing by hand.

Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States. And it’s not just old people who suffer from these painful and debilitating disorders – even kids have to fight juvenile arthritis every day.

Take a look at this infographic from Geriatric Nursing to learn more about arthritis and joint pain. 

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5 Ways to Balance Work, Social Life and Fitness | The Health Sessions

5 Ways to Balance Work, Social Life and Fitness

This article is written by Lisa Brown for uae.ekuep.com.

We all wear multiple hats.

You can be a boss, a mother, a daughter, a friend, and a yoga practitioner all at the same time. As you go along, you will have to take on more roles and that means your life will become even more complicated.

How can you keep your life well balanced? How do you juggle between the different roles, tasks, and aspirations that you have in  life? It’s not going to be easy but it can be achieved. There are ways that you can balance work, social life, fitness, and the other aspects of your life.

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Dating with Chronic Illness: How to Start a Relationship? | The Health Sessions

Dating with Chronic Illness: How to Start a Relationship?

This article is written by Anabel Cooper.

Dating can be hard enough at the best of times. The question of what to share, what to keep to yourself, and how to broach difficult matters is never easy. But for someone with a chronic illness, things are even harder. Many people have a hard time getting to grips with the effects of a life changing illness, and are unsure how to approach the matter, even when they’ve reached a high level of intimacy. We’ve got a few tips from people suffering from chronic illnesses, sharing their experience and providing a rough guide for how to navigate things.

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The Nicest Ice Cream: 11 Healthier Frozen Treats

The best summer days end with ice cream. But all that gelato doesn’t sit well with everybody, especially if you have gut problems or lactose sensitivity. Luckily, there are plenty of recipes that contain less refined sugar, heavy cream and artificial food colouring. From the original ‘nice cream’ to dairy-free options with natural sweeteners, there’s a healthier version of this frozen treat for everyone.

Have a look at the nicest ice cream for the next hot summer’s day. 

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Book Review 'The Art of Health': How to Create Your Own Picture of Wellbeing | The Health Sessions

Book Review ‘The Art of Health’: How to Create Your Picture of Wellbeing

There’s a dizzying amount of health information out there. Doctors, therapists, nutritionists and fitness gurus tell you to follow a Paleo, vegan or a Mediterranean diet, to meditate daily, do cardio or rather strength training. All that conflicting advice can be pretty confusing. But what does it actually mean to be healthy? And who’s the ultimate authority on your health? Does a doctor know what health is simply because they are a doctor?

These are the questions that naturopathic doctor Aarti Patel poses in The Art of Health: Simple and Powerful Keys for Creating Health in Your Life, a book with a fresh approach for anyone who’s sick of all the food hypes, extreme exercise regimens and miracle cures.

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