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Low Impact Summer Exercises for Arthritis

Swimming has been a popular activity since 4000 BC. Some of our most cherished written documents, such as the Bible, and rich stories, such as the Iliad, have featured swimming throughout their text. Cave drawings of specific strokes have been found and Roman’s elaborate bath houses have been noted. Romans used their bath houses for social gatherings and later introduced swimming into the Olympics. Our admiration for this activity and desire to socialize in a healthy environment, as the Romans have, has amplified. Community pool establishments are at an all time high. Or, if you are quite the opposite and like being alone apart from Mother Earth, there are ample bodies of water to go camp near. People now more...

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Ice Machine Saves the Day for Arthritis Knee Flare Ups

When you are in an Arthritis flare up, there is nothing worse than having to trek up and down the stairs, while on crutches, to exchange your ice packs for your swollen, achey joints. Making that trip multiple times a day when the flare will not simmer-down can be even worse. I’ve found a solution that can save you a few trips to the freezer for ice and, as a result, let’s you spend those trips on the important things!   🍩🍫🍰🍿🍕🌮🍇🍉 While I am fortunate that my Rheumatoid Arthritis does not flare as often as many, those few times a year are often enough! Every time, I become frustrated with myself, especially when I have lost most of the range...

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What does synovial fluid do in an Arthritis Flare Up?

What is synovial fluid?  Synovial fluid is a lubricant lies within your joints and protects your bones from clashing together when you're moving. When you injure yourself, there is often swelling to protect yourself even more. However, with Rheumatoid Arthritis, your disease fills up the joint quite excessively to "protect" yourself. Since the disease is idiopathic, it thinks it is helping to protect you when in reality the fluid is excessive and causes damage to the cartilage and bones through infection if it is not extracted in a timely manner. Any joint can fill up excessively with fluid in a flare up. The most common joints that show a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare are the hands and knees. It is extremely important...

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Chocolate Making & Choosing Happiness over Grieving

Today at a team building activity, I was able to create new memories and, most importantly, celebrate my late mother's birthday on a sweet note by doing one of her favorite things, indulging in chocolate and learning about artisan chocolate making! Throughout my life I have been enrolled in various therapies. Chemo therapy, art therapy, infusion therapy, exposure therapy-- you name it, I've probably done it. While I work through my uphills and downhills of medical, emotional, and trauma struggles each week with specialists, today I had the best therapy of all-- chocolate therapy! There was no better way that I could have celebrated my late mother's birthday. For those short five years that I was blessed enough to know...

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Autoimmune Diet Cheat Meal: Adult Ramen Noodles

Have you ever seen someone on social media post about how excited they were for "cheat day"? Usually donuts, pizza, french fries, or other unhealthy items are piled onto their plate as a reward for sticking to their extreme diet for the entire rest of the week. A fair majority of athletes or dieters have "cheat days" because they are something to look forward to and are scheduled. Routines are such an important part of accomplishing health goals and sometimes those cheat days just make health goals feasible for dieters. When it comes to sticking to a diet, my goals are fairly obtainable, butonly when I stick to routine. It is when my routine is thrown off that I struggle...

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