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7 Ways to Reduce Arthritis Pain to Reign in Health and Fitness!

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. There are over 100 different types of arthritis but osteoarthritis is the most common. Over 21 million people are affected with this disease. Even though it’s most common in women over age 60 men and younger adults are no stranger to it. What I find as an R.N. is that prevention is almost never talked about it. Even in the medical profession it seems they just expect as you age that you will get this painful disease and off you go with anti-inflammatory medications and surgery as your only viable options.Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disease is associated with a breakdown of cartilage in joints and can occur in almost any joint in the body. Most commonly occurs in the weight bearing joints of the hips, knees and spine. So who is most susceptible to developing Osteoarthritis or OA?
People who are overweight.
People who perform high intensity workouts or activities putting continued stress on the joints such as athletes.
People who have some type of genetic defect.
People who have poor diets and nutritional habits.
When you go to the doctor most times they prescribe you anti-inflammatory medications along with physical therapy. While physical therapy is good, understand that there is no cure for OA, and that the very best treatment is to get healthier!7 Things you can do to promote better health and reduce or eliminate Arthritic pain!
Exercise. Your joints maybe very stiff and it may seem counterintuitive to exercise but that’s exactly what you need to do loosen up your joints and stretch your muscles. In the long run this will reduce your pain. (always consult your physician)
Hydrate your body. Water, yes I said water, not pop, tea or coffee. Water hydrates, protects and moisturizes your joints.
Detox your body. If you body is toxic, those toxins are in your joints and toxins cause inflammation.
Walk in forgiveness. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Unforgiveness poisons the heart, the mind and the body. It’s not worth your health let it go!
Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Putting more live foods into your body reduces the acidity of your body. Our bodies are naturally alkaline and when we eat dead foods because the enzymes that been cooked out of them they actually become acidic. Disease thrives in an acidic environment.
Reduce the amount of saturated fats. Foods high in saturated fats produce plaque in the body which gets trapped in the blood vessels and joints. This causes heart disease and joint pain.
Take natural supplements. Let prescription medication be a last resort as they cause more toxins and don’t treat the problem only the symptoms. There a many natural supplements that you can take including Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
No matter what the ailment, disease or health condition is, we can’t get away from the fact that eating a healthy well balanced diet is the main ingredient in promoting better health. Take some time out to read food labels, plan your meals and get a good workout in! My goal for you is to Reign in Health and Fitness, so please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have!

7 Tips to Becoming a Better Employer

Running a business is not an easy thing to do when considering every aspect of it. What it all comes down to is the bottom line, and if your employees are not producing the results needed to experience success, it’s time to take measures to ensure that they do.1. Recruitment, Hiring, and Induction
Locating, hiring, and settling in the right employees is essential for any business. You need to be impartial, and maintain a strict hiring process where barriers and biases are not present. The position will be given to the best candidate regardless of their gender, race, or disability factor. It’s also imperative to have a comprehensive introduction to the business informing new employees of the company policies, procedures, opportunities, and values.2. Leadership, Accountability, and Culture
An employer who ensures it’s leaders are able to articulate, model, and carry-out the visions and values of the company is well on it’s way to becoming a great employer. You, as do your staff, need to be able to communicate openly, take constructive criticism, and leave nothing to guess. You need to be just as accountable for successes and failures as your employees are, and grant them the opportunity to participate in organizational decisions. A leader among employers recognizes and understands the culture of their company and staff, and takes it into account when considering goals and aspirations.3. Employee Development, Promotion, and Exit
Great employers ensure their company encompasses a positive learning environment where opportunities are given to staff to further their education through internal and external professional development classes/seminars. They offer mentoring for new employees and encourage promotion opportunities whether within or out of the company.4. Flexibility and Work Design
In order to assist your employees better with balancing their work with the rest of their lives, consider scheduling and work procedures to compliment your staff. Take into account each of the department’s requirements and possible parental needs. Your company’s organization and design could turnout to be a draw for talented skillful professionals to want to sign on with you.5. Remuneration, Recognition, and Conditions
Top employers recognize their employees for their skills and what they can bring to their company. They do not base salary on gender, association, or other aspects. They are fair across the board and review their remuneration system regularly.6. Harassment and Bullying Prevention
Some of the best employers have a zero-tolerance policy for any type of bullying, or harassment in any form. You should want your company’s work environment to be one of healthy collaboration and relationships. Be pro-active in your training of your managers to ensure the subject of mal-treatment is rarely- if ever-seen. Be sure to have a set procedure in place with consistent consequences for those who engage in acts of insubordination.7. Safe and Healthy Environment
Employers of any worth will ensure the safety and health of all their employees. They will provide training informing their staff of their rights and responsibilities, health and safety standards, and provides a working environment that provides for a safe and healthy work day. It’s also important to take steps to reduce the level of work stressors and to accommodate for those who have disabilities.